Chin Up Goggle Introduced by Visionary Kerrymen

Rory Kilgallen, Tralee (left) and Castleisland native, James O’Connell with samples of the product they have just introduced to the Irish sports market.

An American invention with a local connection has just been introduced as a sports training aid which has been brought to the Irish market, initially, by two Kerry men.

James O’Connell, Laccabawn, Castleisland and Rory Kilgallen from Tralee had their product featured on the RTÉ One, Dara Ó Cinnéide fronted GAA Nua on Monday evening at 7:30pm.

The programme featured the training aid known as Chin Up Goggles while being used by the Kildare senior football panel while preparing for this year’s Leinster Senior Football Championship. * See programme link below.

Kerry Local Enterprise Office

Chin Up Goggles have been supported with funding and advice by the Kerry Local Enterprise Office for which the company is grateful.

The goggles are made from a lightweight plastic material, and contain no lenses of any description. The device encourage players to keep their heads up when training so that in pressure situations on game day it will be how they’ll react under pressure. This is opposed to a player’s normal reaction to look down at the ball when under pressure.

Chin Up Goggles have been used in GAA, soccer, basketball, hockey and rugby, at local, national and international level.

National and International Level

To date, the 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.

Chin Up Goggles have already been scientifically tested by Alan Dunton and Dr Edward Coughlan at Cork Institute of Technology.

The device features as part of an undergraduate course within the Department of Sport, Leisure & Childhood Studies at CIT.

Visual Skills of Elite Athletes

“Chin Up Goggles feature in a lecture and practical series that focuses on the visual skills engaged in by elite athletes,” said Dr. Coughlan.

Scientific research relating to the goggles, by Alan Dunton, will feature at the European Congress of Sport Science in Essen in Germany in early July. It has, already, been featured at the Expertise & Skill Acquisition Network at Coventry University.

For more information contact or call James on 087 96 22 263  or see the website on:

*To see Monday evening’s feature on Chin Up Goggles on the RTÉ One programme GAA Nua with a click on the link here.

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