Introducing Donal Hennigan, DSD Head Coach

Donal coaching Sophie Murphy

Donal coaching Sophie Murphy

It is an exciting time to take over as DSD Head Coach, with the Club engaged in an ambitious plan to develop a best-in-class athletics and general sporting facility as part of its grounds at St Thomas's.

I joined DSD AC in 1976 when I was but a young chap.  My interest in and love of athletics developed from there under the guidance of the ever present Eddie and Liz McDonagh. 

A lot has changed over those years but the one constant throughout has been the commitment to a coaching philosophy centred on the long term development of the young athletes in the Club’s care.  Of course we want our athletes to be successful, but most of all we want our athletes to enjoy their sport and to stay involved in it as they move through the teenage years and into adulthood.

The benefits that can be enjoyed as an adult athlete are in evidence at every training session through the Club's vibrant Meet & Train Group

During my tenure as Head Coach I hope to carry on the great work of recently-retired Head Coach Lucy Moore with a continued focus on developing all disciplines within the club and to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all of our athletes young and old(er). 

Of course the athletics objectives of the Club are dependent on the continuing commitment of our many volunteer Coaches, Coach assistants and all the other committed volunteers who work tirelessly to make it possible for our/your kids to run, jump and throw with DSD AC.

I look forward to working with all of you over the coming years.

 

"A coaching philosophy centred on the long term development of the young athletes in the Club’s care"

 

"Committed volunteers who work tirelessly to make it possible for our/your kids to run, jump & throw with DSD."