CiNews: Cork born Christian Brother and Olympic coach honoured by DCU

Below is an excerpt of an article in CiNews about Br Colm O’Connell who received an honorary Doctorate from DCU for his work training some of the world’s best athletes in Kenya.

“A County Cork born Christian Brother who trained an athlete to a Gold medal at last summer’s Olympic Games in London has been awarded an honorary Doctorate by Dublin City University.

Br Colm O’Connell who is a native of Doneraile near Mallow received the accolade at the University on Friday October 19. He is the coach at the now famous training camp in Iten, Kenya that has produced some of the world’s best athletes.

A member of the Patrician missionary order, Brother Colm joined St Patrick’s High School in Iten, Kenya as a Geography teacher in 1976. Thirty-six years later, he is still in Iten and is now acknowledged as the world’s most successful coach of endurance running, having nurtured five Olympic Gold medallists and 25 World Champions.

On hand to witness the event was David Rudisha, world record -holder, winner of the London 2012 800m Gold medal and alumnus of Brother Colm’s world-renowned athletics programme in Kenya’s Rift Valley.”

By Sean Ryan

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