Gut Health, Fitness & Performance

Join an exciting panel of scientists & athletes on Monday 12th November to discuss how exercise and healthy eating are the most powerful ways in which we can influence our health.

If you are an aspiring sports person, are involved in training/coaching sports people or you would just like to learn a bit more about how to combine food and exercise to enhance your level of fitness and health come along to Pairc Uí Chaoimh and  hear about the latest developments with scientists and top sports people with experience in this area.

Monday 13th November, Pairc Uí Chaoimh, Cork 7.00 PM Book your tickets online here available from Oct 21st 

Most suitable for ages 16 and over....


Prof. Kieran Clarke, University of Oxford “Ketone drinks for endurance exercise”

Mr Mark O’Donovan, International Rower “The challenges of heavyweight rowing”

Dr Orla O’Sullivan, APC Microbiome Ireland, Teagasc “The gut microbiome, diet and fitness”

Discussion Panel:

  • Cian Bohane, UCC and (former) Munster Rugby

  • Dr David Keohane, APC Microbiome Ireland

  • Shane Kingston, UCC Quercus Scholar and Cork County Hurling

  • Amy O'Connor, UCC Quercus Scholar, Cork County Camogie and Irish International Soccer

  • Alex O'Shea, "The Running Fireman" Ultra Runner

  • Emma Tester, Lead Performance Nutritionist, Munster Rugby


Your MC for the evening will be Mr Morgan Buckley, Director of Sport and Physical Activity, UCC 

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Professor Kieran Clarke joined the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford in 1991.  Her research is focussed on how diet alters energy metabolism in human heart, brain and skeletal muscle.  Specifically, her interest in physical performance and cognitive function has led to the development of a fourth food group, a ketone ester called ΔG®, that improves endurance performance in athletes and could be used for the management of common metabolic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart failure and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Dr. Orla O’Sullivan is a computational biologist at Teagasc Food Research Centre and APC Microbiome Ireland. Her current research focuses on profiling the microbiome from various environments including human gut and lung, rumen and food. Of particular interest is the role of exercise, fitness and diet, specifically whey protein, on the human gut microbiome both in elite athletes and non-athlete groups.

Mark O’Donovan is an Irish international rower. Unbeatable last year with lightweight World Cup wins and European and World Championship golds, Mark and his rowing partner, Shane O’Driscoll, decided to go heavyweight after the decision of world governing body FISA to drop the men’s lightweight four from the Tokyo Olympics.  From racing at 70 kilos last year, they’ve since put on eight or nine kilos each, under the watchful eye of Dr Sharon Madigan, Head of Performance Nutrition at the Institute of Sport and Eamonn Flanagan, Lead Strength and Conditioning Consultant.. A mechanical engineer with a MSc in Sports Performance and recently enrolled into another MSc Exercise Physiology and its Application in Therapy from NUIG. Mark is currently a full-time student/athlete and rows for his home town of Skibbereen. He is a fully qualified Strength and Conditioning coach and has worked with national, international and Olympic athletes.   On the night Mark will discuss the nutritional and other challenges encountered to date in his transition to heavyweight rowing.