Sean Kilbride from Kiltoom, Athlone, Co Roscommon who spent 41 years in the army talks about why he went back to college and his time at WIT
I hear you have a background in the army?
Yes I spent 41 years in the Irish Defence Forces and I retired in 2009.
So what made you come back and do this course?
Well I’ve always had a background in sport and management, apart from the army. I played Inter-County football with Mayo and Roscommon and have been involved at management/coaching at club and county levels in Roscommon over the years. I’ve always felt that Sports Psychology had never been covered properly while I was playing or involved in management and I happened to meet [course leader] Ciara Losty one day when she was involved with the Roscommon team and I expressed my interest in the subject. She suggested I should do this course and so I took a mad notion at this stage of my life to do something different so that I can hopefully contribute something to club and county development squads in particular or, indeed, whoever is interested in what I have to offer on this vital aspect of player and team development.
Do you have any plans now that you’re finished?
Well I’ve no real interest in doing it professionally, I’m Coaching Officer in Roscommon at present and also involved in and interested in club coaching in St Brigid’s club. I aim to start at an underage level with development squads and then hopefully progress to adult level at some stage.
How did you find juggling the work load?
I did find it very demanding at times, it is a demanding course there’s a lot of serious study and reading involved and there was good pressure maintained as there was a lot of hand ins and different presentations to do so we were kept going, but the lecturers were great and the course was delivered in a very professional, supportive and friendly way.
So was this experience worthwhile?
Definitely worthwhile, one of the best things I’ve done in my life I’d have to say.
Interviewed by Ian Bradley at Conferring 2018