Regional Development Team

The Development Team is responsible for participation and club development programmes as well coaching education.

Our Development Team’s main areas of responsibility are:

  • Little Athletics – a development programme for children between 5-10 years old
  • Fit4Life – a programme for recreational runners and other adult participation initiatives
  • Delivering coaching education through the Athletics Leader, Assistant Coach and Level 1 programmes
  • Liaising with the Regional Coaches to deliver Regional Squads
  • Club Support Scheme
  • Providing assistance to new clubs including provision of equipment and coach education
  • Liaising with clubs and County  Boards to help them to achieve their goals
  • Liaising with other sports development bodies such as Sports Partnerships and local Councils

Meet the Development Team


Pat Ryan

Title Director of Coaching & Development
Phone Number 087 2621310





David Matthews

Title RDO NIA & Dublin
Phone Number 087 0516430







Paul McKee
Title RDO Kildare, Louth, Meath, Wicklow
Phone Number 085 8709703



Colin Byrne
Title RDO Waterford, Wexford, Tipperary, Laois
Phone Number 087 0632326





Lilly-Ann O’Hora
Title Women in Sport
Phone Number 085 8060440





Shane Aston

Title RDO IT Carlow, Carlow and Kilkenny
Phone Number 089 2336739




Conor Wilson
Title RDO Galway, Mayo, Clare
Phone Number 086 0329578






Gerard O’Donnell
Title RDO Dublin City Council Area
Phone Number 085 8713217



Grace Lynch
Title RDO Limerick, Kery, Cork
Phone Number 085 8006892






Colette Quinn
Title RDO Dublin City Council Area
Phone Number 085 8712817






Bahsir Hussain

Title RDO AIT and Westmeath, Offaly, Longford & Roscommon
Phone number 086 787 6648




Dermot McGranaghan

Title RDO Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Sligo & Leitrim
Phone Number 085 8712397


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