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Chris Bolsmann

Less than six months after his release from prison, Nelson Mandela embarked on a tour of European and North American cities. In Europe, his first stop was the Irish capital, Dublin. On July 2, 1990, Mandela addressed the Dáil Éireann, (lower house of the Irish parliament). In his speech, he stated

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Christina Duff, Johann Issartel, Wesley O’ Brien, and Sarahjane Belton

range of physical health outcomes ( Ghazi et al., 2016 ; Timmons et al., 2012 ; Vale, Trost, Rego, Abreu, & Mota, 2015 ). In Ireland, the PA recommendation for children under 6 years old is encompassed by the guidelines for children and young people, which recommends that those aged 2 to 18 years

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Mark Ward, Sarah Gibney, David O’Callaghan, and Sinead Shannon

strength, and balance on 2–3 days per week to reduce their risk of falls ( WHO, 2015 ). These guidelines were adopted by the National Physical Activity Plan for Ireland ( Department of Health & Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, 2013 ), and now, there are a growing number of national programs that

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Niall O’Regan and Seamus Kelly

Building on previous research that explored coaching and coach education in Ireland ( Chambers & Gregg, 2016 ), this article provides a history of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and coach education in Ireland. An overview of coach education in Ireland precedes how UEFA policy documents

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Wesley O’Brien, Michael J. Duncan, Orlagh Farmer, and Diarmuid Lester

gather cross-sectional baseline data on Irish adolescent youth, differentiated by gender, specifically in order to inform the development of a targeted movement-based intervention. Methods Overview of the Study Cross-sectional baseline data to inform the design of a larger multi-component, movement based

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Lisa E. Bolger, Linda A. Bolger, Cian O’ Neill, Edward Coughlan, Wesley O’Brien, Seán Lacey, and Con Burns

exists that has examined FMS levels among Irish primary school children. While a study including the assessment of FMS in Northern Ireland was conducted by Breslin, Murphy, McKee, Delaney, and Dempster ( 2012 ), the scoring protocol of the adapted tool developed was not described nor were the current

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Damian Haslett, Javier Monforte, Inhyang Choi, and Brett Smith

ways. Importantly, these authors highlighted how national-level sociopolitical forces shape how Para athletes engage in activism, such as the philosophy of Confucianism in South Korea (see Choi et al., 2019 ) or a period of progressive social change in Ireland (see Haslett et al., 2020 ). In

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Fiona Chambers and Robin Gregg

This paper highlights the status of coaching and coach education policy and practice on the island of Ireland. The island of Ireland represents a unique setting as it comprises a hybrid jurisdiction of (a) the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland and (b) the Republic of Ireland. A historical and sociopolitical backdrop provides insight into how key agencies develop coaching and coach education policy and practice in a highly complex dual environment. A five-step meta-synthesis process of data collection and analysis revealed key policy and practice issues on the island relating to (a) the coaching workforce and (b) coach education system.

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Sarah Kelly and Michael Ireland

( Kelly, Ireland, Alpert, & Mangan, 2014 ). Studies examining the effects of tobacco-advertising bans in sport demonstrate a shift in promotional expenditure to alternative, unregulated media rather than a decline in expenditure ( Cornwell, 1997 ; Lindsay et al., 2013 ), providing a useful case study for

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Wesley O’Brien, Tara Coppinger, Irene Hogan, Sarahjane Belton, Marie H. Murphy, Cormac Powell, and Catherine Woods

and Physical Activity (CSPPA 2018) study (n = 6651; mean age = 13.8 [2] y) revealed that Irish female adolescents, at all ages, were less likely to meet PA guidelines. 8 The CSPPA 2018 study 8 across the Republic of Ireland reported that only 10% of second-level school adolescents met the PA