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(L-R): Michael Fennelly of Kilkenny’s All-Ireland winning team; Zoë Kavanagh, CEO of the NDC; Pádraic Maher of Tipperary All-Ireland finalist team.

Wednesday 21st September, 2011:

Hurling greats Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny’s All-Ireland winning team) & Pádraic Maher (Tipperary & All-Ireland Finalist) will meet members of the public at the NDC stand today from 11.00am-3.00pm.

Twice during the day, at 11.30am and 1.45pm, there is the chance to hear Michael Fennelly & Pádraic Maher in a live discussion on the NDC stand with Dr. Catherine Logan, Nutrition Manager at the NDC, about their top training and diet tips for people of all levels interested in sport or keeping fit. The discussions will finish with a few fun basketball hoops in aid of Focus Ireland.

The NDC interest is fuelled by the growing body of scientific research showing that milk can play a very positive role in sports nutrition. Specific areas of focus include hydration and muscle recovery, and the beneficial role of milk in these areas has been attributed to the natural nutritional composition of milk.

Milk – An Accessible & Affordable Source of Nutrition

Dr. Catherine Logan, Nutrition Manager with the NDC says that diet can, and does, influence sports performance. “Anyone involved in workouts, training or competing – at any level – should try to maintain a healthy, balanced diet,” says Dr. Logan. “Milk is accessible and readily available, with the potential of being a very cost effective contributor to the diet of athletes”.

Dr. Logan explains that a typical portion (1/3 pint) of milk provides a source of protein, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iodine and vitamins B2 and B12.

“For example in the context of strength, milk is a valuable source of protein, which contributes to the growth or maintenance of muscle mass. In the context of energy, carbohydrate is the main energy source for sport. We need to stock up on carbohydrates before we exercise and start to ‘re-fuel’ as soon as each round of exercise is finished –milkshakes, fruit yogurt or a smoothie may prove useful in this respect,” says Dr. Logan.

Adequate hydration is very important during exercise, with a number of research studies indicating that skimmed milk may be used as an effective re-hydration drink after sports. “Fluid intake needs to match fluid losses. For competitive athletes it would be useful, where possible, to work with a qualified sports nutritionist to develop a hydration and nutrition strategy which is tailored around the needs of the individual and the individual's training programme.”

Champion athlete Derval O’Rourke, who will represent Ireland at the 2012 Olympic Games, was with the NDC at the ploughing yesterday (Tuesday 20th September).

All Three Days

Throughout the Ploughing festival, a selection of basketball giants will be at the NDC stand every day to help visitors try their shot at Hoops and talk about their experiences, with daily spot prizes.

The NDC interactive ‘Photo Booth’ returns by popular demand, where you can enter a free competition for the best “Cheesy Smile” which a chance to win a Digital camera each day of the Ploughing. The NDC Butter Queen will give you a taste of the delicious flavour of cooking with Irish butter, with her short-bread biscuits.

Of course if you have general questions about the role of milk and dairy as part your family’s diet or the health benefits associated with milk, then don’t miss the NDC stand, where you can talk with the experts - – The Experts in Dairy. Naturally.

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Editorial Footnotes:

Michael Fennelly

Michael Fennelly is a member of the Kilkenny “Cats” team to win this year’s All-Ireland Hurling Final in Croke Park on 4th September. From Ballyhale, Co Kilkenny, the 6’3” bank official plays in midfield position. His local club is Ballyhale Shamrocks and he has been a member of the Kilkenny Senior Inter-County team working with Manager Brian Cody since 2006. Michael Fennelly holds a number of medals and titles ranging from All Ireland to Leinster and Kilkenny titles. He captained Kilkenny to a fourth consecutive All-Ireland title win of the Liam McCarthy Cup in 2009.

Pádraic Maher

Pádraic Maher is a member of the Tipperary senior hurling team to reach this year’s All-Ireland Hurling Final in Croke Park on 4th September. From Thurles, Co. Tipperary, this 6’1” hurler plays full back position. His local club is Thurles Sarsfields and he has been a member of the Tipperary Senior Inter-County team since 2009. He holds a number of medals and titles ranging from Munster and inter-county titles, to an All-Ireland medal when Tipp prevented Kilkenny from achieving an historic 5-in-a-row at Croke Park in 2010.


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