Kerry-Made Sports Training Aid To Feature On RTE’s ‘GAA Nua’

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Rory Kilgallen and James O’Connell with the Chin-Up Goggles.

A NEW sports training product made and marketed by two Kerry men will feature in the first episode of GAA Nua on RTE 1 on Monday night.

Chin Up Goggles, a new sports training aid which has been brought to the market by two James O’Connell from Castleisland and Rory Kilgallen from Tralee.

Chin Up Goggles was set up by two men in 2014. Both have a great interest in sport with
Rory heavily involved with John Mitchel’s GAA Club and James a former basketball player, former committee member at local and national level.

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The GAA Nua programme — hosted by Dara O Cinneide and to be aired at 7.30pm on Monday — features Chin Up Goggles being used by Cian O’Neill’s Kildare Senior Football panel, when preparing for this year’s Leinster Senior Football Championship (see video below for preview).

Chin-up goggles.

Chin Up Goggles are made from a lightweight plastic material, and contain no lenses of any description.

The Goggles encourage players to keep their heads up when training so that in pressure situations on game day this is how they react under pressure, as opposed to a player’s normal reaction under pressure which is to look down at the ball.

To date Chin Up Goggles have been used in GAA, soccer, basketball, hockey and rugby, at local, national and international level. Chin Up Goggles are being used in Ireland, UK, Holland and Argentina.

The goggles have already been scientifically tested by Alan Dunton & Dr Edward Coughlan at Cork Institute of Technology, where Chin Up Goggles feature as part of an undergraduate course within the Department of Sport, Leisure & Childhood Studies at CIT.

Chin Up Goggles have been supported with funding and advice by the Kerry Local Enterprise Office, for which the company are very grateful. You can find out more about the product on the website here

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