The Kilmacud Crokes Coaching Department provides a range of coaching services and facilities within the club and to local schools.



The club is fortunate to have the services of two excellent full time coaches; Páraic McDonald and Niall Corcoran.


Páraic McDonald, who hails form Castleblayney in County Monaghan, has been a full-time coach for over 20 years. He played both hurling and football with Castleblayney Faughs, winning 7 senior championships and an Ulster club championship with the club. Páraic also represented Monaghan in hurling at Minor level and at U21 and Senior Level in Football.

He has been working with Kilmacud Crokes since 2000 as a full time coaching directorHe has also been involved with Dublin Football Development squads, mangaing and coaching Dublin Minor teams in that code in 2002, 2006, 2013 and in 2014.


Niall Corcoran started working as a Gaelic Games Promotion Officer with Kilmacud Crokes in 2005 and joined the Kilmacud Crokes Senior Hurling team in 2008. He currently still plays with the team and has been a Senior inter-county player with Dublin for several years.

His role within the club is to support all coaches working at child, youth and adult level, through specifically planned courses and workshops, incorporating recognised principles of best practice in the field of coaching. "My job is also about promoting & developing GAA Sports & Kilmacud Crokes within the local primary & secondary schools, through assisting and advising teachers on coaching activities", explains Niall.

Niall's Coaching Philosophy is about creating an atmosphere that encourages players & coaches to learn and develop their range of skills in a positive & challenging environment.

The Coaching Department is involved with

For more details see the diagrams below.

Coaching - News & Reports

Wednesday 7th May, 2008
Friday 14th September, 2007

Code of Best Practice for Youth Sport

Aim of Course:

The Code of Best Practice is here to educate and protect people who are dealing with young people in sport.

Basic Philosophy:

Friday 14th September, 2007



(and Gaelic Football/Ladies Football)

Monday 25th September, 2006

For details of specific courses during October see the Hurling Section Calendar (Click on 'Fixtures & Results' on the menu above).

Wednesday 15th March, 2006
This is where ALL serious hurlers of the future embark on their voyage to the stars. Parents, does your son have a hidden talent to play the greatest field game in the world? You (or your son) may never know unless you bring him along to our famous nursery.
Friday 2nd December, 2005

The following link will bring you to the official Dublin GAA Coaching website. The website will provide up-to-date information on the CARE (Coaching, Administration, Refereeing, and Education) Programme through the Applied Lifelong Learning (ALL).