A native of Wexford town Liam O’Connell has been involved in Swimming for most of his life. He began swimming competetively with Wexford Swimming club in his youth, before moving on to teaching and coaching. He has been with Kilkenny Swimming Club since 2005. He has an honours degree in sports & exercise science from the University of Gloucestershire in the UK. He has worked as an instructor at the Garda College in Templemore for ten years and has managed teams competing internationally at world and european police championships.