Brendan O'Keeffe

Qualifications: PhD University of Limerick, 2020. BSc Physical Education, University of Limerick, 2014.

Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences
Faculty of Education and Health Sciences
University of Limerick.
Room number:  P1-021
Telephone number: Ext 3246


Lecturer in Health and Physical Education

Personal Profile:

Brendan is lecturer in Health and Physical Education in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences (PESS), University of Limerick. He graduated with a BSc. in Physical Education from the University of Limerick in 2014, achieving the Liam Dugdale Award and EHS Faculty Academic Achievement Medal for highest grade point average. Brendan taught Physical Education in Glenstal Abbey School, Limerick, from 2014 to 2016, before returning to the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences in September 2016 to complete a Doctorate funded by the Irish Research Council. Brendan’s Doctoral studies focused on developing a pedagogically sound and scientifically rigorous approach to monitoring health-related fitness in secondary schools.
After completing his doctoral studies, Brendan joined the School of Health and Human Performance at Dublin City University in September 2020 where he lectured across a range of modules. From there, Brendan returned to the PESS Department at the University of Limerick where he was appointed lecturer in Health and Physical. His research interests span across a broad range of health and fitness related themes among youth, including: the pedagogy of health-related fitness; scalable school-based health promotion intervention; resistance training in youth; and Teacher Education. He has also served on the Executive of the Physical Education Association of Ireland for the past six years.

Selected Publications:

  1. O’Keeffe B.T., Donnelly A.E. and MacDonncha C. (2020) Test-retest reliability of student administered health-related fitness tests in school settings. Paediatric Exercise Science.
  2. O’Keeffe B.T., MacDonncha C, Ng K and Donnelly A.E. (2020) Health-Related Fitness Monitoring Practices in Secondary School-Based Physical Education Programmes. JTPE: 1-27.
  3. O’Keeffe B.T., MacDonncha C. and Donnelly A.E. (2020). Students’ experiences of and attitudes towards the Youth-fit health related fitness test battery. European Physical Education Review.
  4. O’Keeffe B.T., MacDonncha C. and Donnelly A.E. (2020). Profiling the health-related fitness levels of Irish adolescents: An educational (dis)advantage divide? PLOS one. 
  5. O’Keeffe, B. T., MacDonncha, C., & Donnelly, A. E. (2021). The Feasibility of a Fitness Test Battery and Web-Based Platform for Monitoring Key Indicators of Adolescent Health in School Settings. Physical Activity and Health5(1), 107–119. DOI: