Portlaoise Gymnastic Club Coaches

Portlaoise Gymnastics Club is a registered business trading as Portlaoise Gymnastics Academy Ltd.

Portlaoise Gymnastics Academy Ltd is owned by Denis.

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Portlaoise Gymnastics Club Coaches

Deirdre Wixted McPherson :   Artistic Level 2 WAG Coach and Club Judge

Niamh Langton :                        Artistic Level 2 WAG Coach and Club Judge.

Brona Maguire :                         Artistic Level 1 WAG Coach and Club Judge.

Sonya Ryan :                               Artistic Level 2 WAG Coach and Club Judge.

Fionnuala Bergin :                     Artistic Level 2 WAG Coach and Club Judge.

Conor Donoghue :                    Artistic Level 1 MAG Coach and Club Judge.

Barry Donoghue :                     Artistic Level 2 MAG coach.

Doireann Peelo :                       Artistic Level 1 MAG coach.


Assistant Coaches

Caoimhe Wixted:                     Gymstart Level 1 Coach.

Shannon Bailey:                       Gymstart Level 1 Coach.

Ellen Donoghue:                      Gymstart Level 1 Coach.

Chloe O Riordan:                     Gymstart Level 1 Coach.

Zahra Khodabacksh:               Gymstart Level 1 Coach.

Niki Karasinska:                       Gymstart Level 1 Coach.



All of our coaches are Garda Vetted and hold current Safe Guarding Qualifications as required by Gymnastics Ireland.

Denis Donoghue

Denis Donoghue

Head Coach

Denis has been involved in gymnastics as a gymnast with Portlaoise Gymnastics Club since he was 7 years of age, qualified as a club coach and judge when he was 18 and as an International Brevet Judge at the age of 23.

He is also the Men’s Judging Coordinator with Gymnastics Ireland and is responsible for the qualification and training of all Men’s judges in Ireland.

Denis has judged 3 Olympic Games, 7 World Championships, 9 European Championships and 15 World Cup competitions. He was selected by    F.I.G (Federation of International Gymnastics ) to judge at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics as a Reference Judge