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World University Games 2013

The 2013 World University Games will be held in Kazan, Russia from the 6th - 17th July. The Irish delegation to the Games will be led by Head of Delegation Cathy Gallagher (Trinity College, Dublin) and Assistant Head of Delegation Neasa Fahy O'Donnell (University of Limerick). Planning and preparations for the Games are being coordinated by CUSAI's 2013 World University Games Working Group.

Men's Football Team
Manager Danny Crowley Colaiste Ide, Coach Paul O'Reilly IT Carlow, Equipment Officer Paul Walsh Griffith College, Dublin

Women's Football Team
Manager Sue Ronan Football Association of Ireland, Coach Gerard Dunne Football Association of Ireland, Equipment Officer Maz Sweeney Athlone IT, Goalkeeping Coach/Video Analyst Emma Martin Football Association of Ireland

election of Athletes for the World University Games
1.CUSAI is the sole sanctioning body responsible for identifying, selecting and organising Irish students athletes to participate at the WUGs;
2.CUSAI works closely with the relevant NGBs, the Irish Sports Council, Sport Northern Ireland and FISU to achieve best results at the WUGs;
3.Only once the Team Manager and the selection criteria are in place will CUSAI invite a sport's national governing body to nominate student athletes to be considered by CUSAI to participate at the Games.

Men's Football: Group A: Russia (hosts), China, Mexico, Ireland
Women's Football: Pool B: China, Canada, Mexico, Ireland
For more information see:

World University Games 2009

See below for Mens and Womens Squad Profiles


Mens Fixtures:

30th JUNE17:30URUGUAY 1–0 IRELANDStadium FC "Indjija"ViewViewNEW View
2nd JULY17:30IRELAND 1–2 ITALYStadium FC "Vozdovac"ViewViewView
4th JULY10:30IRELAND 0–1 KOREAStadium FC "Indjija"ViewViewView
6th JULY17:30IRELAND 0–1 CANADAStadium FC "Makis"ViewViewView
8th JULY10:30IRELAND 4–1 GHANAStadium FC "Smedervo"ViewViewView
10th JULY17:30MOROCCO 1-1 IRELANDStadium FC "Srem Jakovo" ViewView

Womens Fixtures:

30th JUNE10:30IRELAND 0-3 JAPANStadium FC "Indjija"ViewViewView
2nd JULY17:30HUNGARY 2-3 IRELANDStadium FC "Srem Jakovo"ViewView 
4th JULY10:30IRELAND 0–1 FRANCEStadium FC "Kolubara"ViewView 
6th JULY10:30IRELAND 1–2 POLANDStadium FC "Vozdovac"ViewView 
8th JULY10:30IRELAND 6–3 SOUTH AFRICAStadium FC "Vozdovac"ViewViewView
10th JULY10.30IRELAND 2-3 HUNGARY ViewView 


Ireland Womens team win "Fair Play Award" in Belgrade


Billy Brennan

Billy Brennan

D.O.B: 06-03-85
Position: Goalkeeper
Hometown: Moneenroe, Co Kilkenny
University: UCD
Course: Sports Management (graduated 2008 - competing on year down)
Career Highlights: Competed for Ireland in 2007 World Student Games, Bangkok
2007 Collingwood Cup winner
2007 Harding Cup winner
2007-08 Universities and Colleges League winner,
2007 Eircom League U21 Tony O'Neill Cup winner

Ryan Coulter

Ryan Coulter

D.O.B: 1989
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Dundalk FC (Previous: Bray Wanderers)
Hometown: Bray
University: Colaiste Ide
Course: Sports and leisure management (1st year)
Career Highlights: 2009 Irish Colleges squad
April 2009 League of Ireland debut against Bray Wanderers
2009 Galway Umbro plate winner
2008 FAI/FAS representative squad
DDSL 17prem league winner 2006

James Costello

James Costello

D.O.B: 09-06-86
Position: Forward
Club: Glenavon
Hometown: Rathfriland, Co Down
University: University of Ulster, Jordanstown
Sponsors: Exel Financial
Course: Computer Science (final year)
Career Highlights: 2009 - signed for Glenavon in January
2008 - played in the Steel & Sons Cup Final for Carrick Rangers
2006 - Toured Italy with Amateur League U19 Select

Ciaran Boyd

Ciaran Boyd

D.O.B: 26-09-88
Position: Defender
Club: Cliftonville FC
Hometown: Jordanstown, Co Antrim
University: University of Ulster, Jordanstown
Course: BSc Housing Management, (2nd year)
Career Highlights: 2008/09 County Antrim Shield winner with Cliftonville FC
2008 UEFA Cup Qulifying stages with Cliftonville FC v FC Copenhagen
2007 Milk Cup finalist with Northern Ireland
Played with Northern Ireland U18s

Mark Surgenor

Mark Surgenor

D.O.B: 19-12-85
Position: Defender
Club: Ballymena FC
Hometown: Ballymena
University: University of Ulster, Jordanstown
Course: BSc Sports Studies, final year
Career Highlights: Signed for Ballymena FC in May 2009
Collingwood Cup winner with Jordanstown 2006 and 2008
Featured in Northern Ireland junior international squad

Alan Taggert

Alan Taggert

D.O.B: 24-11-86
Position: Left Midfield
Club: Portadown FC
Hometown: Scarva, Co Down
University: University of Ulster
Course: BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences
Career Highlights: Winner of 2008/09 Championship with Portadown FC
and promotion to the Premiership
Collingwood Cup winner with Jordanstown 2006 and 2008

Stephen Roche

Stephen Roche

D.O.B: 05-07-86
Position: Midfield
Hometown: Dublin
University: Dublin Institute of Technology
Course: Retail and Services Management (3rd year)
Career: Played for Irish Colleges 2007, 2008, 2009
Player of the tournament collingwood cup 2007
DIT All Star Award 2007
World Student Games Bangkok 2007 - represented Ireland

Oisin McMenamin

Oisin McMenamin

D.O.B: 10-05-90
Position: winger/forward
Club: Finn Harps
Hometown: Newtowncunningham, Co. Donegal
University: Letterkenny IT
Course: Sports Development and Coaching (1st year)
Career Highlights: Won double with club
Won the Centenary Shield with the Irish school team in 2008
Winning All-Ireland with school

Davy O'Sullivan

Davy O’Sullivan

D.O.B: 04-10-87
Position: Striker
Club: Unattached
Hometown:Wicklow Town
University: DIT Bolton St.
Course: Construction Management (3rd year)
Career Highlights: 2009 and 2007 Irish Colleges Team tour of Italy
Irish Futsal Team 2007 Tour of Portugal
Captain of Bray Wanderers U21
2007 Enda Mcguill Cup and Under 21 Shield runners up
Bray Wanderers U21 Player of the Year 2007

Gareth Harkin

Gareth Harkin

D.O.B: 19-12-87
Position: left back/left midfield
Club: Coleraine fc
Hometown: Letterkenny, Co Donegal
University: Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Sponsors: Arena 7, Blaney Group, Donegal Highland Radio
Course: Sports Development and Coaching (4th year)
Career Highlights: Won Umbro Cup with the letterkenny IT in 2006
Won two All-Ireland titles with St.Eunans college at secondary level
Won the U21 Cup with Derry City
Debut with Derry City away to shamrock Rovers in 2007.

Brendan Daly

Brendan Daly

D.O.B: 09-09-88
Position: Defender
Club: Limerick 37
University: University of Limerick
Hometown: Mallow
Course: Physical Education
Career Highlights: 2009 CUFL Winner with UL
Debut with Cork City away to Portadown 2007

John Dineen

John Dineen

D.O.B: 10-05-89
Position: Midfield
Club: University College Dublin
University: University College Dublin
Hometown: Tralee
Course: Sports Management
Career Highlights: Collingwood Cup 2009

Ciaran Forde

Ciaran Forde

Position: Defender
Club: University College Cork
University: University College Cork
Hometown: Glanmire, Cork
Course: PhD Biochemistry
Career Highlights: 2008 Irish University Squad, 2007 UCC Player of the Year,
2004 UCC Fresher of the Year

Mark Forker

Mark Forker

D.O.B: 03-04-88
Position: Midfield
Club: Finn Harps
University: Letterkenny IT
Hometown: Burtonport, Donegal
Course: Business
Career Highlights: Signed professional contract with Hearts FC (Sotland) in 2005.
Won Scotish FA Youth Cup 2006

Peter MacMahon

Peter McMahon

D.O.B: 20-04-89
Position: Midfield
Club: University College Dublin AFC
Hometown: Castleblaney, Co Monaghan
University: University College Dublin
Course: Computer Science, (1st year)
Career Highlights: FAI Under-17 Cup Runner Up
Irish Schools Team, Foyle Cup Winner, Under-19 International
Collingwood Cup 2009

Michael McSweeney

Mike McSweeney

Position: Defender
Club: University College Cork
University: University College Cork
Hometown: Cork
Course: Physical Education
Career Highlights: FAI Youth Cupwinner with Cork City FC

John Mulroy

Kohn Mulroy

D.O.B: 27-12-89
Position: Forward
Club: Bray Wanderers
University: Dublin City University
Hometown: Dublin
Course: Sports Science and Health
Career Highlights: FAI Schools Player of the Year 2008/09

Graham Rusk

Graham Rusk

Position: Midfield
Club: University College Dublin
University: University College Dublin
Course: Sports Management
Career Highlights: Won Collingwood Cup in 2009.
NDSL Champions with Portmarnock 2007/08

Dean Zambra

Dean Zambra

D.O.B: 30-07-88
Position: Defener
Club: Bray Wanderers
University: Dublin IT
Hometown: Dublin
Course: Leisure Management
Career Highlights: CFAI National Squad 2009, Leinster Schools 2007

Brian Cleary

Brian Cleary

Position: Defener
Club: Athlone Town FC
University: University of Limerick
Career Highlights:

Kieran Harding

Kieran Harding


Gerard Dunne

Gerard Dunne


Jimmy Cumiskey

Jimmy Cumiskey

Assistant Coach


Womens Squad:


Tiarna McKenna

WUG Tiarna

D.O.B: 29-07-88
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Cliftonville Ladies
Hometown: Lisburn
University:University of Ulster, Jordanstown
Course: Sports Studies
Career Highlights: May 2009 - first senior NI cap v USA
Winners of University League 2009
2008 - League Cup winners with Cliftonville
Captained NI U17

Lynn Marie Grant

WUG Lynn

D.O.B: 25-02-1989
Position: Centre Midfield
Club: Tramore AFC
Hometown: Waterford
University: Waterford Institute of Technology
Course: Bachelor of Business (2nd year)
Career Highlights: Senior Irish international,
Played in U19 and U17 for the Irish ladies team
Captained U17 and U15 squads
Captained U16 and U18 Munster teams

Lorna O'Connell


D.O.B: 06-03-89
Position: left/right back
Club: Aisling Annacotty
Hometown: Limerick
University:University of Limerick
Course: Food Science and Health (2nd year)
Sponsor: Advanced Innovators
Career Highlights: University of Limerick League winners '08/'09
University of Limerick Intervarsity winners '08/'09
University of Limerick Player of the Year '09
Aoife HerbertD.O.B: 26-04-89
Position: winger/striker
Club: Killala FC
Hometown:Killala, Co Mayo
University: University of Limerick
Course:New Media and English (3rd year)
Career Highlights:University of Limerick League winners '08/'09
University of Limerick Intervarsity winners '08/'09
Senior Cup winner with Mayo league 2006
Intermediate cup winner with Ballina Town 2006
Represented Ireland at U15 and U19 level

Nakita Burke


Position: Forward
Club: Lagan Harps
Hometown: Letterkenny
University: Letterkenny IT
Career Highlights:

Zoe Doherty


D.O.B: 17-07-91
Position: Striker
Club: Carndonagh F.C.
Hometown: Carndonagh, Co Donegal
University: Dublin City University
Course: Sports Science and Health (1st year)
Career Highlights: Capped at U17 and U19 for Republic of Ireland
April 2009 - won interprovincials with Leinster Colleges

Rachel Furness


D.O.B: 19-6-88
Position: Midfield
Club: Newcastle United Women
Hometown: Newcastle
University: Nortumbria University
Course: Sports Development with Coaching
Career Highlights: Northern Ireland U17's, U19's and Senior, Playing for Newastle & Sunderland, playing in the Premiership

Susan Donovan


D.O.B: 20-07-87
Position: Forward
Club: Ballincollig
Hometown: Cork
University: Quinnipiac, USA
Course: Information Systems Management
Career Highlights: Irish Schools U15, Ireland U19's

Ruth Fahy


D.O.B: 20-04-88
Position: Midfield
Club: Salthill Devon
Hometown: Galway
University: University of Limerick
Course: Law and European Studies (3rd year)
Career Highlights: 2009 - Intervarsity and League winner with UL; 2008 - Played in UEFA qualifiers in
Sarajevo with Galway League team; 2008 - Irish Intermediate Cup winners with Salthill Devon;
2008 - Intervarsity and League winner with UL; Won gold with Connacht in Gaynor cup three years
in a row; 2007 and 2008 - University All-Star award in 2007 and 2008.

Emer Flatley


D.O.B: 4-01-91
Position: Def
Club: Salthill Devon
Hometown: Galway
University: UL
Course: Languages and Cultural Studies
Career Highlights: Irish U17 & U19, Intermediate Cup Winner (Salthill Devon), Senior Cup Winner (Galway League), U16 Winner (Salthill Devon)

Rachel Jenkins


D.O.B: 30-12-83
Position: Midfield
Club: Peamount United
Hometown: Bray, Co Wicklow
University: Dublin Institute of Technology
Course: Leisure Management (Graduated 2008 - competing on year down)
Career Highlights: Represented Ireland in World Student Games in South Korea 2003 and Turkey
Nominated Ireland ladies soccer player of the year 2002
DIT sports personality of the year 2006

Sarah McGrath


D.O.B: 10-05-87
Position: Winger
Club: Long Island Fury
Hometown: Naas
University: St Johns University, USA
Course: Psychology
Career Highlights: Ireland Schools U15's, Ireland U17 & U19, Arsenal Academy 04-06, Arsenal Reserves 04-06

Carla Moran


D.O.B: 09-01-87
Position: Forward
Club: Raheny United
Hometown: Raheny, Dublin
University: Dublin City University
Course: Quantitative Finance (Third Year)
Career Highlights: FAI Senior Women's Cup Finallist 2007
WSCAI Inter Provincial Winner 2006 & 2009, Runner-Up 2007 & 2008
WSCAI Challenge Cup 2009

Niamh Mulcahy


D.O.B: 04-01-90
Position: Centre Midfield
Club: Aisling Annacotty
Hometown: Limerick
University: University of Limerick
Course: Business Studies (1st year)
Career Highlights: 2009 Irish Intervarsity, League and Futsal winner with UL
Represented Ireland at U19, U17, U15
Represented Munster at U18 and U16

Grace Murray


D.O.B: 26-05-89
Position: Defender
Club: Dundalk City WFC
Hometown: Dundalk
University: Dundalk IT
Course: Community Sports Leadership (1st year)
Career Highlights: 49 international caps
2008 - Uefa U19 Championships Elite phase; Competed in Senior Uefa championship+ Algarve Cup
Nominated for Eircom FAI U19 Player of the Year;
2007 Argus Sports Star of the Year
2005-2007 Gaynor Cup Winner (Lenster)

Amanda Parkes


D.O.B: 12-01-90
Position: Midfield
Club: Wilton FC
Hometown: Cork
University: CSN
Course: Soccer Studies
Career Highlights: Irish U17 & U19, Intermediate Cup Winner (Wilton), WSCAI Player of Tournament, WSCAI Division 1 All Star
Louise QuinnD.O.B: 17-06-90
Position: Centre Back, Centre Midfield
Club: Peamount United
Hometown: Blessington, Co Wicklow
University: UCD
Course: Sports and Exercise Management (1st year)
Career Highlights: Irish Senior international 2008-09
2009 - All Star Soccer Intervarsity Award with UCD
2007-09 - Captain U19 Irish International side
2008 - All Ireland WFAI Cup Runners Up Peamount United

Bronagh Sheridan


D.O.B: 24-09-87
Position: Centre Half
Club: Dundalk FC
Hometown: Cavan
University: DCU
Course: Sports Science and Health
Career Highlights: Slovenia U19's, International Rules, Colleges All Star 2005
Nicola SinnottD.O.B: 08-08-1987
Position: Defender/Midfielder
Club: Peamount United
Hometown: The Ballagh, Co. Wexford
University: University College Dublin
Course: Arts (graduated in May 2008 - competing on year down)
Career Highlights: 2007 National League Winner with UCD
2004-2006 member of Ireland U19 team
2003-2004 member of Ireland U17 team
Mary WaldronD.O.B: 05-05-84
Position: Forward
Club: St Francis
Hometown: Bohernabreena, Co Dublin
University: UCD
Course: French and Italian (3rd year)
Sponsor: Caps Freight Ireland
Career Highlights: 2008 played in Women's Champions League with St.Francis. Captained Ireland

Sue Ronan (Manager - Women's Football)
Tom O'Connor (Coach - Women's Football)
Maz Sweeney (Asst Coach - Women's Football)
Emma Martin (Asst Coach - Women's Football)


Irish Team for World University Games Announced

09 June 2009

The Colleges and University Sports Association of Ireland (CUSAI) today announced the Irish athletes who will be competing in this summer’s World University Games.

There are 69 students selected across athletics, fencing, football (men’s and women’s), swimming, taekwondo and tennis for the biennial competition, which this year takes place in the Serbian capital Belgrade from July 1 to July 12.The squad boasts five Olympians from the 2008 Beijing Games - Fionnuala Britton and Joanne Cuddihy on the track, Melanie Nocher in the pool, Eileen O’Keeffe in the hammer, and Siobhan Byrne in fencing.

Team Ireland Chef de Mission, Paul Davis, said: “This year we have as strong a set up as we have ever had in the competition and would hope that our athletes will perform well in Belgrade”. “The fact that the team has five Olympians in its ranks shows the highcalibre of sport at third-level institutions across Ireland. The commitment by the coaching, background staff and athletes has been second to none in preparation for these games and we hope that this hard work will yield success.

Ireland’s campaign kicks off on 30 June when the footballers take to the field to play their first round matches. The men taking on Uruguay and the women, who made it to the semi-final in 2007, face Japan.In track and field, Team Ireland have high hopes for success after Eileen O’Keeffe notched up a silver in the hammer throw in the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand. This will be the Kilkenny athlete’s fourth world games and shows promising signs of medalling again this year carrying on from competing in the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Fionnuala Britton has also been on top form in international university competition picking up an individual silver and team bronze in the cross-country at last year’s World University Championships in Mauquenchy, France. The official opening ceremony of the 2009 World University Games takes place on July 1st.


Football (Men)

Ciaran Boyd                                (University of Ulster)

Billy Brennan                              (University College Dublin)

Brian Cleary                                (University of Limerick)

James Costello                            (University of Ulster)

Ryan Coulter                               (Colaiste Ide)

Brendan Daly                              (University of Limerick)

John Dineen                                (University College Dublin)

Ciaran Forde                               (University College Cork)

Mark Forker                                (Letterkenny IT)

Gareth Harkin                             (Letterkenny IT)

Peter MacMahon                         (University College Dublin)

Oisin McMenamin                      (Letterkenny IT)

Michael McSweeney                   (University College Cork)

John Mulroy                                (Dublin City University)

David O'Sullivan                        (Dublin IT)

Stephen Roche                            (Dublin IT)

Graham Rusk                              (University College Dublin)

Mark Surgenor                            (University of Ulster)

Alan Teggart                               (University Of Ulster)

Dean Zambra                              (Dublin IT)

Manager:Kieran Harding (Irish FA), Coach:Ger Dunne (Football Association of Ireland), Assistant Coach: Jimmy Cumiskey (IUFU & Trinity College Dublin)

Football (Women)

Zoe Doherty                                (Dublin City University)

Ruth Fahy                                   (University of Limerick)

Emer Flatley                                (University of Limerick)

Rachel Furness                            (Northumbria University, UK)

Lynn Marie Grant                       (Waterford IT)

Aoife Herbert                              (University of Limerick)

Rachel Jenkins                            (Dublin IT)

Sarah McGrath                            (St. John’s University, USA)

Tiarna McKenna                         (University of Ulster)

Carla Moran                                (Dublin City University)

Niamh Mulcahy                          (University of Limerick)

Grace Murray                              (Dundalk IT)

Lorna O'Connell                         (University of Limerick)

Amanda Parkes                           (Colaiste Stiofain Naofa)

Louise Quinn                              (University College Dublin)

Bronagh Sheridan                       (Dublin City University)

Nicola Sinnott                             (University College Dublin)

Mary Waldron                             (University College Dublin)

Manager: Sue Ronan (FAI), Coach: Tom O'Connor (FAI), Assistant Coaches: Maz Sweeney (FAI and Athlone IT) & Emma Martin (FAI)

Universiade Belgrade 2009

World University Games Team Ireland Launch

03 June 2009

The Launch of Team Ireland for the upcoming World University Games takes place in the Pavilion Bar, Trinity College at 10am on Tuesday, 9th June 2009. The event is open to anyone who wishes to attend, and light refreshments will be served. Members of the team, and support staff shall be present to meet with members of the media.

World University Games Management Team

Thursday, 12th February '09

CUSAI have finalised some coaching and & management positions for a number of the sports which will be contested this summer in Belgrade, Serbia.

Administrative Staff:

 Chef de Mission: Paul Davis

 Asst Chef de Mission: Ken Robinson

 Staff: Breifne Earley & Celia Hogan

Medical Team:

 Chief Medical Officer: Dr. Patrina Bell

 Sports Science Support: Ed Coughlan


 Head Coach: Br. John Dooley

 Coach: Teresa McDaid

Basketball (Women):

 Head Coach: Mark Ingle


 Team Manager: Nuala McGarrity

Football (Men):

 Manager: Kieran Harding

 Coach: Gerard Dunne

 Asst Coach: Jimmy Cumiskey & Padraig Carney


 Manager: Sue Ronan

 Coach: Alfie Wylie

 Asst Coach: Maz Sweeney


 Head Coach: Ciaran Ward


 To Be Confirmed


 Head Coach: Robert Taaffe


 Head Coach: Jamie Pilkington

Upcoming International Events

Dates: 1st Jul - 12th Jul

Universiade Belgrade (Soccer)

Belgrade, Serbia

Irish Delegation for 2007 World University Games Announced Tuesday, 24th July '07 ( 

The Irish team for the 24th World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand, which take place in two weeks time, from August 7th – 18th was officially announced today at an event in Trinity College, Dublin.

The Irish team consists of sixty eight athletes; each a twenty strong men’s and women’s football team, three female golfers, one taekwondo representative, two fencers, eight swimmers, four tennis players, and ten track and field athletes. The athletes represent thirty nine third level institutions, including twenty overseas colleges.

The Games, which are held every two years, get underway on the 7th August for eleven days. Athletes from over two hundred countries will compete in fifteen sports.

Paul Davis, Sports Officer at NUI Maynooth will lead the Irish delegation as Chef de Mission at the Games; “The Games are the ultimate in achievement for student sports people. While the record five medal success of Izmir last time out will be hard to emulate, the achievement gives us reason to be confident in our athletes’ and players’ ability to compete for medals at this world level”.

The Colleges and Universities Sports Association of Ireland (CUSAI) is the driving force behind this Irish team for the Games, with Bangkok the eleventh representation at the Summer Universiade. CUSAI Chairman Kieran Dowd stated: “Bangkok will be an amazing experience for our athletes. For some it will represent the pinnacle of their sporting careers, for others it will be a major milestone on the way to greater success, as it was for Sonia O’Sullivan, Gary O’Toole, and more recently Derval O’Rourke.”

The track and field team won a record five medals last time out in Izmir; cork duo Ailis McSweeney and Derval O’Rourke the shining stars taking individual medals as well as a relay medal together with Anna Boyle and Emily Maher. Boyle and McSweeney are part of the team again for Bangkok, notably joined by the in form Eileen O’Keeffe who smashed her Irish hammer record over the weekend at the National Championships. The Kilkenny athlete O’Keeffe is studying Theatre Nursing in the Royal College of Surgeons.

The women’s soccer squad, coached by Irish International manager Noel King boasts eleven players with full Irish caps, and one Northern Ireland International as well as five more of the team who have been capped at underage level for Ireland. The Irish women lost out at the quarter-final stage in Izmir to eventual winners China, and with many of that team travelling again will be focused on at bettering that result.

The men’s team is led by Noel O’Reilly and comprises of players from eight educational institutions across the country. UCD account for eight players and two of those; James O’Sullivan and Darren Forsyth won under-19 caps for the Republic of Ireland last season.

O’Reilly is pleased with how his players have taken to the task: “I’m delighted with their attitude and application so far, there is a lot of potential within the squad. We have a difficult group; we’re in with the top seeds; the Czechs, hosts Thailand and Canada. Six International matches over the space of eleven days is a demanding schedule but we’ll be giving it our best shot.”

Golfers Danielle McViegh, Niamh Kitching, and Gillian O’Leary will be hopeful of strong showing in the team event, with the format three to play and two to score.

Dubliner Barry Murphy leads the challenge of the eight strong swimming team. In Fencing Olympic hopeful Siobhan Byrne place seventh at the last Games, and will be hoping to advance that position in Bangkok; she is joined by UCD’s Owen McNamee. Mark Casserly of DCU competes in Taekwondo with reigning Irish close champion James McGee heading the tennis team.

Complete Delegation


Chef de Mission: Paul Davis (NUI Maynooth)

Assistant Chef de Mission: Cathy Gallagher (QUB) & Ken Robinson (DCU)

Medical Team

Chief Medical Officer: Dr. Barbara Fair

Medical Officer: Dr. Patrina Bell

Physiotherapists: Claire Briggs, David Minion & Caroline Woods


Press Officer: Sinead McElroy

Photographer: Brian Lawless


Coach: Br. John Dooley

Assistant Coach: Teresa McDaid


 Anna Boyle (University of Ulster)

 Ailish McSweeney (Dublin City University)

 Joe McAlister (Queens University, Belfast)

 Thomas Chamney (Notre Dame, USA)

 Eoin Everard (Dublin City University)

 David McCarthy (University of Limerick)

 Eileen O'Keeffe (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)

 Sharon Heveran (University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Wales)

 Orla Drumm (University College Cork)

 Deirdre Byrne (California Polytechnic, USA)

Football (Men)

Manager: Noel O'Reilly (FAI)

Coach: Kieran Harding (Irish FA & Queens University, Belfast)

Assistant Coach: Jimmy Cumiskey (Trinity College) & Padraig Carney (CFAI)


 Billy Brennan (University College Dublin)

 Carl Caulfield (Cork IT)

 Robbie Coombes (University of Limerick)

 Darren Forsyth (University College Dublin)

 Killian Gallagher (Dublin IT)

 Ciaran Harte (University College Dublin)

 Ray Lally (Cork IT)

 David Last (University College Dublin)

 Seamus Long (Cork College of Commerce)

 Stephen Lowry (University of Ulster)

 Conor McDonald (Waterford IT)

 Evan McMillan (University College Dublin)

 Fran Moran (University College Dublin)

 Ken Murphy (Cork IT)

 Declan O'Donnell (University College Dublin)

 James O'Sullivan (University College Dublin)

 Stephen Roche (Dublin IT)

 Richie Ryan (Waterford IT)

 Sean Ward (University of Ulster)

 Paul Whelan (Dublin IT)

Football (Women)

Manager: Noel King (FAI)

Coaches: Niall McGonagle (Letterkenny IT), Harry McCue (FAI) & Myles Kelly (FAI)


 Sarah Peters (UC Davis, USA)

 Lynn Bradley (Colaiste Ide)

 Emma Griffin (Waterford IT)

 Edel Malone (Hofstra University, USA)

 Susan Byrne (St. John's University, USA)

 Marie Curtin (Hofstra University, USA)

 Sarah McGrath (St. John's University, USA)

 Emma Mullin (Sligo IT)

 Carol Breen (Waterford IT)

 Yvonne McMonagle (Letterkenny IT)

 Nikita Burke (Letterkenny IT)

 Victoria Mallett (Queen's University, Belfast)

 Denise Thomas (Central Connecticut State University, USA)

 Michelle O'Brien (Florida International University, USA)

 Sonya Hughes (Lyndsey Wilson College, USA)

 Niamh Fahey (NUI Galway)

 Meabh deBurca (NUI Galway)


Manager: Ray Robinson (University of Ulster)


 Niamh Kitching (University of Limerick)

 Danielle McVeigh (Texas A&M, USA)

 Gillian O'Leary (University College Cork)


Coach: Keith Bewley (Swim Ireland)

Asst. Coach: Martin McGann (NUI Maynooth)


 Barry Murphy (University of Tennessee)

 Sharon Coady (Trinity College Dublin)

 Florry O'Connell (Trinity College Dublin)

 Kevin Stacey (NUI Maynooth)

 Claire Dawson (University of Stirling, Scotland)

 Melanie Nocher (University of Ulster)

 Ciara Farrell (Loughborough, England)

 Jonathan Nixon (Loughborough, England)


Coach: Terry McGuinness (Irish Taekwondo Union)


 Mark Casserly (Dublin City University)


Coach: Jamie Pilkington (Dublin City University)


 Colin O'Brien (College of William & Mary, USA)

 James McGee (North Caroline State, USA)

 Leigh Walsh (University of Utah, USA)

 Anne Marie Hogan (University College Dublin)


Coach: Nuala McGarrity (Irish Amateur Fencing Federation)


 Siobhan Byrne (Ohio State University, USA)

 Owen McNamee (University College Dublin)

Colleges and University Sports Association of Ireland (CUSAI):

In November 2005 following a two year consultation between the two bodies responsible for the development and promotion of Sport at third level, the College's and University Sports Association of Ireland (CUSAI) was formed. With the support of the Irish Sports Council the merger between the Council of University Sports Association of Ireland (formed in 1986) and the Irish Student Sports Association in Ireland (formerly the Higher Education Sports Federation established in 1971) has proven to be an unqualified success. Prior to this development each sports association ran its own domestic programmes with very many of these events open to both university and college entries. On the international front the Colleges Association entered teams in many invitation events abroad. Since 1987 the Universities Association through its affiliation to the Federation International du Sport Universitaire (FISU) and along with invited College's representatives undertook to arrange for the selection and preparation of Irish Delegations for various FISU competitions, such as the World University Games and World University Championships, participating in the former since 1987 and every second calendar year since and in the latter since 1988 and in every second year since.

Soccer is one of the team sports available for entry at the World University Games with a men's team competing on all eight occasions since the first ball was kicked in Sheffield in 1991. An Irish women's team was first entered at Daegu Korea in 2003 and on each of the two occasions since then. August 2007 in Bangkok proved to be an outstanding achievement with an Irish women's team reaching the semi-final of a major world championship for the first time. The support of the Football Association of Ireland has been ever present since Sheffield in 1991 and the additional support by the Irish Football Association for 2007 was very welcome. The Irish Sports Council's support is dependant on each National Governing Body of Sports listing in its strategic plan participation in the World University Games as an important vehicle for the development of its young sports persons.