About Us

UCC Sport includes the full-time staff of the Department of Sport and Physical Activity working with the Clubs Executive Committee representing over 50 clubs within University College Cork. For more details, please download our UCC Sports Strategy.

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This Department of Sport and Physical Activity has dedicated staff to help and support our UCC sports clubs, student athletes and volunteers.

Sport Management Team

Title Name Contact
Head of Sport Morgan Buckley 
Deputy Head of Sport Christine O'Donovan 
Sports Administrator Emma Martin 
Performance Manager Jeff Gomez 
Exercise Physiologist Trevor Woods 

Sports Development Officers

Title Name Contact
Football Development Officer (men's and women's soccer) Greg Yelverton 
GAA Development Officer (Football, Hurling, Ladies Football, Camogie and Handball)  John Grainger 
Hockey Development Officer (men's and women's) Sharon Hutchinson
Rugby Development Officer (men's and women's) Jack Casey 

Administration Support

All queries should be directed to

Title Name Contact
Senior Executive Assistant Betty Young 
Senior Executive Assistant Peter Calnan 

Sports Operatives

Based at the Farm and Mardyke Sports Grounds

087-9132084 (Farm) or 087-9132071 (Mardyke)

Title Name Contact
Sports Operative Foreman Willie Fahy  087-9265991
Sports Operative Ken McCarthy 087-9132084 (Farm) or 087-9132071 (Mardyke) 
Sports Operative Ken Young 087-9132084 (Farm) or 087-9132071 (Mardyke)
Sports Operative Noel McSweeney 087-9132084 (Farm) or 087-9132071 (Mardyke)
Sports Operative  Shane Cournane  087-9132084 (Farm) or 087-9132071 (Mardyke) 

Sports Leadership Team

The Sport leadership Team was established to oversee and report on the implementation of the UCC Sports Strategy.  The key purpose of the group led by an Independent Chairperson is to:

  • Develop an implementation plan for the UCC Sports Strategy (including an implementation plan for each functional area), which shall be submitted to the Deputy President and Registrar for approval, and monitor implementation of that plan
  • Ensure co-ordination, reporting, and accountability for plans and programmes related to the Strategy, and Sport & Physical Activity
  • Review strategic business and facility plans of the strands within UCC Sport & Physical Activity to ensure alignment to the Strategy and receive periodic reports from each strand
  • Oversee the development of a joint operational model between the Department of Sport and Physical Activity, Mardyke Arena, Sports Studies and UCC Clubs to deliver on functional areas of the Strategy, with key principles established in a service level agreement framework
  • Oversee the development of a facilities operational model for UCC Sport & Physical Activity in the context of the development of the University’s sports facilities master plan
  • Oversee the development of a co-ordinated approach to marketing, commercial activity, and branding, in order to build a common approach on the UCC Sport brand, raising profile, partnerships and commercial opportunities for UCC Sport and Physical Activity



  • Chairperson: David Merriman


  • Keith Burke
  • Fiona Chambers
  • Patsy Ryan
  • Clubs Executive President
  • SU President
  • Denis Sheehan
  • Barbara-Anne Richardson
  • Morgan Buckley

Department of Sport & Physical Activity

Spórt UCC

Ferry Lodge, Mardyke Walk, T12 P282