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O'Rourke chasing success for Kildare and Queen's

By John Campbell

Aidan O’Rourke is preparing for two of the biggest assignments of his sporting career right now.

Not only is the Kildare assistant manager strongly focused on his team’s high-profile Leinster championship semi-final against Dublin tomorrow week, but he is about to settle into his new role as Queen’s University GAA Development Officer.

A member of the Armagh side that won the All-Ireland title in 2002, O’Rourke has vast experience of playing, coaching and administration within gaelic football.

As No 2 to Kieran McGeeney he has been making a big impact in Kildare and knows that victory over the Dubs will shorten the odds considerably on the team’s chances of winning the Leinster title.

Having already beaten Wicklow and Meath, Kildare have shown themselves to be a formidable force, but neither McGeeney nor O’Rourke are taking anything for granted.

O’Rourke, meanwhile, is looking forward eagerly to his role with the Queen’s club with which he has had a strong association in the past.

“I will strive to bring more success to Queen’s as well as develop minority aspects of the GAA within the university.

“I want to make sure that gaelic games are widely available to students of all abilities,” declared O’Rourke, whose younger brother Micheál currently plays for Armagh and whose other brother Cathal also represented Armagh with distinction.

Karl Oakes, student sport development officer at Queen’s, has warmly welcomed O’Rourke’s appointment.

“His expertise and experience of gaelic games at the highest level will be vital to their development and enhancement at Queen’s.

“Aidan has extensive business knowledge to complement his excellence on and off the field of play. He is the perfect man to sustain the GAA Academy at Queen’s,” stated Oakes.

Queen’s, of course, continues to prove the breeding ground for outstanding talent and under the baton of current Down boss James McCartan the university won the prestigious Sigerson Cup in 2007.

While O’Rourke is keen to see the blue riban d of Higher Education football return to the university, he is equally determined to ensure that all elements of GAA are now catered for.

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