Exploring Ireland’s Sport and Science


Explorium is Ireland’s first interactive sport and science centre. Sitting in the Dublin Mountains with views over the city it has welcomed 120,000 visitors since the beginning of the year.

It’s only at the beginning of an attempt to establish itself as a must-see venue for kids of all ages and yesterday it announced the creation of a new advisory panel to help guide the development of a three-year strategic plan.

Former rugby international, entrepreneur and tech investor Jamie Heaslip, Irish aeronautical engineer Dr Norah Patten, sports scientist Professor Niall Moyna, and sports psychologist Dr Olivia Hurley are all on board “to inspire curious minds and enable Explorium to become a hub of ideas, innovation and education.”

It’s a bold statement but the set up is a match for anything you might have experienced at W5 in Belfast and it’s a venue that is worth developing in terms of its contribution to curiosity, which we see as essential, and also to making more accessible the world of sports science that is changing every day the way we play and consume sport.

The Panel will assist Explorium in the development and evolution of its offering, in both a physical and digital sense, particularly in terms of the contribution it can make in the promotion of STEM, sports performance and well-being in Ireland.

The Panel will be chaired by Mark Langtry, Explorium’s own Head of Sports and Science
Speaking about the appointments, Explorium CEO David Kennedy said

“We are delighted to announce the new Explorium Advisory Panel and are humbled that such an incredible group of people have offered to participate in this journey with us,” said Explorium CEO David Kennedy.

“Since opening our doors in January, Explorium has evolved to become Ireland’s primary destination for science, sports performance and STEM learning, and as a place for people of all ages and abilities to challenge their mind and body.”

“We are confident that Explorium will continue to evolve and grow in the coming years with the expertise and guidance of our Panel behind us.”

Explorium is a fascinating project and one we will return to in greater detail in the coming weeks and months.


Image Credit: Maxwell Photography

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