Staff Profile: Michael Fennelly, Lecturer, Sport, Leisure and Tourism, LIT.

Michael Fennelly, Department of Sport, Leisure and Tourism, LIT
Michael Fennelly, Department of Sport, Leisure and Tourism, LIT

“I’m looking forward to working with new colleagues in the technological university and building an influential university for the Midlands and Mid-West of Ireland."

Life inside and outside of college is very busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have just started my sixth year lecturing in LIT, Thurles Campus, where we have also begun a new course - Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Applied Strength and Conditioning.

We were delighted to get the course off the ground this semester, despite the challenges set by COVID-19. This new and updated programme was created to fit the ever-changing demands of sport and strength and conditioning.

The evolvement of sport is something I am very aware of, both from my days playing inter-county hurling with Kilkenny and now as manager of the Offaly team. I enjoy being able to take examples from this aspect of my life to help explain and inform our work in performance, coaching, fitness, and nutrition in LIT.

I was fortunate to enjoy time with Sydney Swans (AFL team) a few years ago, whilst also visiting the 49ers in San Francisco (American Football Team) and spending time in UCLA. All of these experiences have influenced my teaching approach. The theoretical knowledge being complimented from all over the world, including here in LIT, coupled with high level practical experiences is an excellent form of teaching and learning.

I’m currently going into the final year of my doctorate, and I'm hoping to have it completed by the end of 2021. The remainder of the week is spent with my family, who are very understanding of my schedule. If I had more time, I would love to play more golf and make more use of the new bike purchased to do the Ring of Kerry.

I’m looking forward to working with new colleagues in the TU and building an influential university for the Midlands and Mid-West of Ireland.

Michael Fennelly
Department of Sport, Leisure and Tourism, LIT.

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