Keynote Speaker

The Honourable Ms. Justice Marie Baker

MC: Mr Anton Savage
Journalist, Broadcaster & Consultant

Anton was a newspaper columnist for nearly 20 years, presented numerous TV Shows including Ireland AM, The Six O’Clock Show, Tonight, and The Apprentice You’re Fired, and radio shows including the Sunday Business Show, Savage Sunday and The Anton Savage Show. Anton is a Founder Director of The Communications Clinic, which provides training and advisory services to blue-chip corporates, major public bodies, NGO’s, individuals and political parties.

Module 1 – Legal Issues

Padraic Brennan
Partner in Charge, Ronan Daly Jermyn, Galway

The Legal Liability of Clubs/Referees for Injured Players

Padraic Brennan is Partner-in-Charge of Ronan Daly Jermyn’s Galway office and is a key member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Management team. He has more than twenty years’ experience in all areas of litigation that include employer’s liability, public liability and medical negligence.

Dr Kevin Power
Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran

Liability for Substandard Medical Treatment of Sports Injuries

Kevin is the Head of Healthcare at Mason Hayes & Curran. He practised in the areas of healthcare and life sciences law, with particular focus on clinical negligence litigation, medico-legal advice, and regulatory law. Before qualifying as a solicitor, Kevin qualified and then practiced as a medical doctor for 6 years.

Dr Kevin Moran

Potential liability arising from head injuries in collision sports

Consultant Surgeon at Letterkenny University Hospital for twenty five years. Masters Degree in surgery from the Johns Hopkins University Baltimore Maryland USA and Fellowships in surgery from the Royal College Of Surgeons in Ireland and Royal College of Surgeons In Edinburgh. Fellow of the faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians. Director of medicine / team doctor to Donegal GAA for ten years. Member of Medical Scientific committee Croke Park. Special clinical / research interest in concussion.

Brian Gill
Partner, Callan Tansey

The Relevance of Consent in today’s sporting world

Sligo based Partner, Brian Gill, heads up the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department. He has considerable experience in both the private and state litigation. Brian and his team in the Commercial Litigation Department handle High Court Litigation advising Private and Corporate clients across a range of contentious matters and are sought after specialists in the areas of Employment Law and Defamation.

Louise Reilly BL
Barrister at Law

The International Court of Arbitration for Sport: An Irish Perspective

Louise Reilly is a barrister specialising in the fields of sports law and international arbitration. She also sits as arbitrator and is the Irish alternate member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, and a member of the Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators of Sport Resolutions, UK.

Module 2 – Sport: Recovery & Inclusivity

Anna Clarke
Patient Advocate

A journey of healing, my experience at Caher Pier

Originally from Italy, Anna moved to Ireland in 1997. She graduated from NUIG in 2004 with a science degree. Her parents stayed in Italy. Her mum passed away with breast cancer in 2002. In 2009 she started her career in Boston Scientific in Galway, where she met her husband Ian. Their first child, Elena, was born in 2012. In October 2016, they had their second child Serena, and thought they had it all. Four weeks later, she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and her journey took a very different direction.

Kathrina Bray
Associate Solicitor, Callan Tansey and her brother Fintan Bray

Providing everyone with an opportunity to shine

Kathrina is an Associate Solicitor in the firm’s Medical Negligence Department and heads up our Dublin office. Kathrina has extensive experience in this area and has litigated on behalf of clients in a vast array of medical negligence claims, to include birth injuries, cerebral palsy claims, acquired brain injuries, orthopaedic injuries, cosmetic injuries, general surgical injuries, fatal claims and dental injuries. Kathrina will speak about the opportunities that swimming has provided to her brother Fintan, who has Downs Syndrome.

Caroline Currid
Performance Psychologist

The Psychology of Inclusion: How to build a successful team

A world class Performance Psychologist, Caroline, who has a background in Computer Science, is the holder of an MBA and an MSC in Sport Psychology. She has been the performance psychologist to the following winning teams/individuals: Paul O’Connor/Munster Rugby; All-Ireland Hurling Champions Limerick (2018); Tyrone and Dublin All-Ireland Champions. She has worked on 4 continents with some of the highest performing teams and individuals, including the Kenyan Athletics Team.

Liam Moffatt
Sports & Exercise Medicine Physiotherapist

Recovering from Sport Injuries: A question of time or criteria

Liam Moffatt is a Sports & Exercise Medicine Physiotherapist with experience in elite level Boxing, Athletics, Aussie Rules and most notably in GAA. He has played at the highest levels in Gaelic football for Mayo and has also worked as a Coach, Physiotherapist and most recently as Coaching Officer for Mayo GAA. A graduate of DCU & TCD, Liam sits on the National Injury Surveillance Committee of the GAA and has been a key driver of player welfare projects in Mayo in recent years.

Module 3 – Medico-Legal Aspects of Sports Injuries

Donald Campbell
Consultant Neurosurgeon

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: What the experience in America can teach us

A full-time NHS Consultant Neurosurgeon for 12 years and thereafter active in private clinical practice in Harley Street. Donald has extensive experience preparing reports and giving evidence for both Plaintiff and Defendants in both spinal injuries and neurological/brain injury cases.

Manolis Gavalas
Lead ED Foundation Programme Director University College London Hospital

Treatment of sports injuries in an A&E setting: The avoidance of common pitfalls

Manolis Gavalas is the Lead ED Foundation Programme Director at University College London Hospital. He is also the Undergraduate tutor and senior examiner. He has a special interest in resuscitation and trauma, anaphylaxis and CO poisoning. He is an ATLS trauma course coordinator and has a specific interest in Clinical Negligence. He has represented claimants and defendants. Widely published in addition to other topics, in major incident, anaphylaxis and audit. He has authored or contributed to a number of leading emergency medicine text books.

Ken Robinson
Chief Executive DCU Sport

Injury Prevention for Athletics

Ken has been involved in the health and fitness industry and sports administration and coaching since 1985. In 2004, Ken was appointed CEO of DCU Sport in Dublin City University. He is a past President of ILAM Ireland, the Institute of Leisure Managers and Lectures on the Sports Management Programmes in UCD on topics such as Business Strategic and Operations Management. Ken holds an MBA, an MSc and a BA (Hons) in Business Management and a Diploma in Business Studies. In 2003, he was asked to act as Chairman of the FAI Clubs Licensing Committee as part of the UEF Quality Standard for Football Clubs throughout Europe and is currently Chairman of the Licensing Appeals Body.