Dublin City University have announced the appointment of international athlete Paul Byrne as the new Head of the DCU Athletics Academy.
Byrne takes over from DCU coaching legend and Longford native Enda Fitzpatrick who was head of Athletics with Dublin City University since 2003 and has overseen the development of DCU into a premier sports college in Ireland.
Last April, Fitzpatrick was advised his secondment from secondary school Holy Faith Clontarf in Dublin would come to an end and he will leave DCU. This was followed by an online petition created by the students and athletes which garnered over 2,500 signatures.
Byrne, who was appointed to the post last Wednesday, is an international level 400 metre hurdles athlete and has competed in European Senior and World University competitions representing Ireland at Junior, U-23 and Senior Level.
The 29-year-old Laois man is ranked in third position on the Irish all-time leading race times for 400 metre hurdles and holds a national best for 300 metres outdoor hurdles.
Byrne, who is an alumnus of DCU (BSc Environmental Science and Health joins DCU from his previous role as Regional Development Officer at Athletics Ireland where he coordinated and delivered coach education programmes, oversaw the planning and development of regional athletics squads and was involved in the promotion and development of the organisation’s flagship Fit4Life programme which provided a pathway for all runners’ at beginner or improved level to achieve increased levels of fitness and wellness.
Speaking on his new appointment Byrne has said, “I’m really looking forward to taking on this new role and working with everyone in DCU. The past two years working with Irish Athletics have been amazing and it has been a pleasure working with everyone involved.”
According to a DCU Sports and Wellbeing tweet, “Byrne is a former Sky Sports Athletics Mentor who possesses a deep understanding and knowledge of all facets of the sport.”
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