Niall O'Carroll

Refocusing triggers are key to elite performance

By Niall O'Carroll / July 18, 2019 / 0 Comments

Resilience is at the heart of High Performance mindset. The ability to respond to adversity by delivering high quality performance is what differentiates the best from the rest. Many coaches misinterpret ‘mental toughness’ as ‘manning up’. Whatever that is supposed to mean? In reality the ultimate goal of any athlete is to deliver their best…

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Promoting women in sport has to be about more than the players

By Niall O'Carroll / July 12, 2019 / 0 Comments

The father of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin, once described women’s sport as an “unaesthetic sight” for the human eye. He described their participation as “impractical, uninteresting and improper.”  These words came to mind this week watching the USA team retain their FIFA Women’s World Cup title. It also made me think of…

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Social media and sport are now inextricably linked

By Niall O'Carroll / June 27, 2019 / 0 Comments

I was asked recently if I had any advice to offer athletes in relation to social media use. This came off the back of the most recent fodder for the online  ’quick to outrage’ mafia.  A childish post on Instagram by Manchester United players Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford from a holiday in Miami caused…

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Niall O’Carroll On Why “Sporting Culture Eats Tactics For Breakfast”

By Niall O'Carroll / June 21, 2019 / 0 Comments

It has been a year of new coaching announcements in Irish sport. Mick McCarthy has returned as Irish football coach. Graeme Shaw moved on to New Zealand Hockey after winning a silver medal at last summer’s World Cup with the Irish ladies. “Every Battle is won before it is ever fought” Sun Tzu This week…

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Limerick’s Focus Solely On Banner Battle

By Niall O'Carroll / June 7, 2019 / 0 Comments

There were obvious plus points for John Kiely and Co on Sunday. Five of six forwards scoring from play, midfield utterly dominant, ten points from the bench and a solid defensive display that coughed up only 5 points from play.  Kiely was most impressed with the work rate of the forwards. “We worked really hard,…

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Managers Provide Further Champions League Final Intrigue

By Niall O'Carroll / May 30, 2019 / 0 Comments

In one sense you could argue that both combatants in this weekend’s Champions League Final are failures. In a world that predominantly celebrates outcomes only Manchester City can consider the Premier League season a success, right? Bill Shankly, the great Liverpool manager of the 70s, famously said “if you are first you are first, if…

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Munster – Ending the semi final drought

By Niall O'Carroll / May 18, 2019 / 0 Comments

“Quality means doing the right thing when no one is watching” Henry Ford Winning is about more than just simply performing on the day. It is about creating an environment of excellence where you provide your players with the best opportunity to deliver on their ability time after time. Leinster Rugby has been held up…

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Winning is not a sometimes thing – it’s an all time thing

By Niall O'Carroll / May 16, 2019 / 0 Comments

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” – Vince Lombardi. One of the most difficult things to do…

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