Pat taught Physical Education at the Presentation Sec. School in his home city of Waterford from 1983-1995, where he developed (1989-present) an integrated Transition Year PE programme for his students and young adults with intellectual disability from the Brothers of Charity services .
He joined the staff of the Health and Leisure Dept. at IT Tralee in 1995 where he lectures in Adapted Physical Activity (APA) and Exercise Science. In 1997 he set up the APA programme which is run in partnership with a wide range of disability and health services in Kerry and the south west and caters for up 200 people with disabilities per week. It has expanded over the years from two APA modules at degree level to now involve a degree stream in APA, APA modules in a range of IT Tralee courses and a taught masters in APA Leadership. He has presented nationally and internationally on how to provide increased opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sport, physical activity and PE, through community provision, and professional training
In 2007 with support from IT Tralee and the Irish Sports Council he founded the CARA National APA Centre to facilitate community participation and coordination of programmes for people with disabilities. He was chairperson of the national APA conferences in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2011 and was also chair of the organising committee of the European Conference in APA (EUCAPA) in 2012 where he was acknowledged for his work in Ireland by the European Federation of APA.
A proposer and a member of the lead team for both the European Inclusion in Physical Education Training project (EIPET 2009, a project which provides an APE module for all undergraduate PE courses in Europe), and the achievement of a UNESCO Chair at IT Tralee in APA, Pat also was involved in the early development of the Sports Inclusion Disability Officer network in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council (2008) and the Sporting Chance Programme with the National Learning Network. (2007)