Dr. Kate Kirby

Olympic Sport Psychologist at London 2012 and Rio 2016. Head of Performance Psychology, Sport Ireland Institute. Personal development consultant, Gaelic Players’ Association.

Dr. Kate Kirby has worked at the highest level of sport for over a decade and has provided her expertise to numerous governing bodies, including Irish Sailing, Rowing, Hockey and Tennis, as well as Horse Sport Ireland and the IRFU. She has also worked as a sport psychologist with numerous inter-county GAA teams and worked for 4 years as a player development manager with Rugby Players Ireland. In addition, Kate works privately with athletes from individual sports such as golf and athletics, as well as players from a broad range of team sports. She has attended both the London and Rio Olympic Games as a member of Team Ireland’s support staff, and her contribution to Annalise Murphy’s Olympic silver medal through their long-standing work together has been widely acknowledged.

Prior to qualifying as a Sport Psychologist, she spent a number of years working as a stock market day trader. Originally from Clonakilty, Kate now lives in Dublin with her husband and 2 young children. She enjoys playing tennis in her spare time.

Achievements and Experience

Kate has featured regularly in Irish print and broadcast media, speaking generally about her experiences in high performance sport and specifically, her role in assisting Annalise Murphy to her silver medal success at the Rio Olympics.

Wide range of experience in the corporate sector also, having collaborated with companies such as Deloitte, BNY Mellon and Irish Life Health.
Her presentations at large-scale events such as WellFest, Generation X and Huddle Dublin conferences have been very well received. Throughout her career, Kate has been invited to speak at sport psychology and sport science conferences worldwide, including North America, Africa and around Europe.

She also has many years of lecturing experience in third level institutions throughout Ireland.


Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:

  • Lessons from elite sport applied to business
  • Building a High-Performance culture
  • Sustaining peak performance levels
  • Women in sport
  • Youth sport
  • The psychology of doping in sport
  • Life after sport: managing the transition out

Worked With:

Companies: Deloitte, BNY Mellon and Irish Life Health
Events: WellFest, Generation X and Huddle Dublin

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“Kate has contributed immensely to both the development of our athletes and the education of our coaches within the high performance programme. She has a unique ability to make sport psychology simple to understand. She is also excellent at creating rapport, which makes it easy for her to connect with people.”

Garry Cahill, Performance Director, Tennis Ireland