the university of limerick launches new initiative ul beo

15 September 2015

UL Beo will officially launch on the 5th of October at 6.30pm room CSG01 (CSIS Building). The launch will include the first annual Pat Duffy Lecture in Coaching and Leadership in sport

UL Beo, is a new initiative from the University of Limerick to create a world leading environment for the practise and research of Sport and Physical Activity at the University. UL Beo will work with community groups, high performance sports organisations, athletes and coaches to provide support services, testing, consultancy, research and develop innovative projects in the areas of physical activity, health, lifestyle and sport.

The initiative will be launched with the inaugural Pat Duffy Lecture in Coaching and Leadership. The lecture is to remember the life's work of a UL graduate and friend who became one of the most significant figures in Irish and European Sport and whose legacy is a significant part of the foundation of Irish sport today.
The launch and lecture will be held on 5th of October 2015 in room CSG01 (CSIS Building), University of Limerick from 6.30-8pm

This year the lecture will be delivered by two of the world's outstanding leaders in sport.
Dr. Keith Wood, captained the Irish and Lions teams at Rugby in an illustrious career, winning 58 Irish Caps and 5 Lions caps. He led the Irish team a record 36 times and still holds the world records for caps and tries as a hooker. In 2001 he was named IRB World Player of the year and was inducted into the IRB hall of fame in 2005 and recently into the UL Sport Hall of fame.

On his retirement from Rugby, Keith has built a successful career in marketing and sports media. He is a regular contributor to the BBC and Newstalk. He also was the inspiration, driving force and benefactor to the development of Clarisford Park, a unique community sports and recreation development in his home town of Killaloe Co. Clare. Keith is also chair of the UL Sport Board of Directors. Keith was recently appointed Chair of the Healthy Ireland Council and it is that and his memories of Professor Pat Duffy that he will speak on.

Our second speaker is Baroness Sue Campbell. A former PE teacher and lecturer, who has been one of the most significant figures in British and World Sport in the past 30 years. She was Chief Executive of the National Coaching Foundation from 1985 to 1995 and was an awarded an MBE in 1991. In 1995 she became CEO of the charity the Youth Sport Trust in 1995 having played a key role in its inception. In 2003, the then Lady Campbell was appointed Chair of UK sport and awarded a CBE. She led UK Sport though its most successful period up to and including the London Olympics.

Among many honours, Sue has received 10 honorary doctorates, and in 2008 became Baroness Campbell of Loughborough, and sits on the crossbenches of the House of Lords. More recently, the Baroness was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards and was named by BBC Radio 4 as one of the 100 most powerful women in Britain.
Baroness Campbell will be speaking about her many roles in leadership in sport and physical activity.

Tickets for the event are free and are available at

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