Dr. Rónán Doherty

Areas of Expertise

Human Performance Futures





Rónán lectures at Letterkenny Institute of Technology and is also a member of the Sport Ireland Institute, Performance Nutrition team.  He currently works predominantly with Irish Sailing having previously worked across a range of national teams including Hockey, Rowing, Boxing, and Paralympics sports. Rónán was the Performance Nutritionist to Irish Olympic medallists Annalise Murphy (Sailing) and Gary and Paul O’Donovan (Rowing). He is also the Donegal GAA Lead Performance Nutritionist 2015-2019.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Rónán is actively engaged in a Performance Nutritionist capacity with various key sporting organisations including Sport Ireland, Irish Sailing and Donegal GAA. He is currently undertaking a PhD in sleep and athlete recovery at Northumbria University. The research team is made up of academics from Northumbria University (Professor Jason Ellis), the Sport Ireland Institute (Dr. Sharon Madigan) and the University of Limerick (Dr. Giles Warrington). The research focuses on nutrition, sleep and athlete recovery. Rónán is currently conducting a series of studies to examine the sleep and recovery practices of athletes, the relationship between sleep and recovery, the relationship between sleep and supplementation and the impact of supplementation on sleep and recovery parameters. His most recent publication, “Sleep and Nutrition Interactions: Implications for Athletes” will feature in a special edition of Nutrients entitled, “Nutrition Support for Athletic Performance.”