Ainle Ó Cairealláin
(Head Coach + Managing Director)
Ainle is the founder and Managing Director of ACLAÍ. He holds an honours degree from the University of Limerick in Sport and Exercise Sciences, a Masters in Research from the Biomechanics Department from the University of Limerick, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), as well as a Precision Nutrition Coach.To date, Ainle has worked in professional sports with the Adelaide Crow's football team in South Australia, and served as strength and conditioning coach for the Cork Senior Football team, worked with the Limerick Minor hurling team, and several hurling and football clubs throughout the country.
He has lectured in Setanta College, and the University of Limerick on both undergraduate and masters level programs, and presented two documentaries that were shown on both TG4 and the BBC, An Chathair Ghonta, and Taobh Thiar Den Gheansaí. He has also been a regular contributor to the current affairs website NOS.ie.
Over the last 5 years, Ainle has been working on a full time basis to develop the training system being used at ACLAÍ, which is influenced by disciplines and practitioners from around the world. He has also developed a program of strength training and movement for people with a very wide range of physical disabilities, and has developed a very positive reputation for his work in the area of strength and movement training for special populations.
Ainle is passionate bout creating an alternative to the evermore commercialised idea of health and fitness that exists today to create something more effective, ethical, and sustainable for long term participation and enjoyment. Some key components of this approach include integrating high quality and expertise based strength and movement training with social gatherings (Long Table Lunches and Movie Nights), and continual learning (through the Book Club at ACLAÍ). The cornerstone of the ACLAÍ approach is that we can be healthier as individuals when we are a part of a vibrant community, thus providing a real alternative method of cultivating long term health, focusing on meaningful pursuits in training as opposed to monotonous tread-milling, and enjoyment of quality and local foods as opposed to restrictive diets.
You can view some of Ainle's blog articles on the ACLAÍ blog, and listen to his podcast conversations on The Rebel Matters Podcast.
- Sports and Exercise Sciences (Hons), University of Limerick, 2007
- Research Masters in Biomechanics/ Strength and Conditioning, University of Limerick 2011.
- NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, 2009
- Level 1 Precision Nutrition Coach, 2012
- Functional Movement Systems Coach, 2011
Mark joined the ACLAÍ coaching team in 2013 and has been a key member of our team since. Mark has helped many ACLAÍ members achieve their goals over the last few years, and has coached in GAA and soccer, including the Cork minor Camogie team.
Having been involved in sports throughout his life, Mark has a keen interest in strength, conditioning and movement, and in particular, the areas of injury-prevention, nutrition, the physiological and biomechanical demands of sports and the science behind athletic development. Mark has enjoyed success in soccer and Tae Kwon Do in which he received his first Dan Black Belt at the age of 15, and has also played hurling and football.
- BSc in Sports and Exercise Science (University of Limerick)
- IRFU Level 1 Strength & Conditioning
After graduating from High School both in Australia and in France. Baptiste completed a three year undergraduate degree in sport science at the University of Grenoble, a achieved postgraduate degree in Strength and conditioning at the University of Montpellier.
Baptiste got involved in strength and conditioning, thanks to rugby, when he was playing in France as a way to impro§ve his performance and avoid injury. He is very fond of ancient history and it might not be a huge surprise for many considering he is a Frenchman, he also enjoys good food and cooking.
What Baptiste enjoy's most about working in ACLAÍ, is the social aspect of it. The fact that in addition of the personal training, there is also the book club,
movie nights and long table where people get together and share their knowledge
So far as we know, Alan is the only wheelchair-using strength and conditioning coach who is coaching able bodied clients in a professional facility. Alan's main areas of interest are injury prevention and rehabilitation, disability and gymnastic training. He can be seen in ACLAÍ just about every day perfecting his hand balancing skills, gymnastic ring, among other impressive feats of strength!
Alan has represented Ireland in Wheelchair Rugby since 2011 and now holds a senior role within the squad. Alan is currently studying a BSc in Strength and Conditioning in Setanta College, and already holds a certificate in Resistance Training and Functional Screening and a Certificate in Strength and Conditioning, as well as IRB Level 1 strength and conditioning certificate, Level 1 Coaching certificate in wheelchair basketball (Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association), SAQ Ireland certified, and IRFU Leprechaun Rugby certified coach.
Orla-Peach is in charge of customer service, looking after our members, social media management, and making sure the ACLAÍ wheels keep on turnin' no matter what!
'In real life', Orla-Peach is a digital heritage specialist and is currently pursuing a PhD at University College Cork, in the application of laser scanning technologies for recording at risk archaeological monuments in Cork City. Her research has led her to collaborate with third level institutions and museums both nationally and internationally to record a range of archaeological and cultural heritage collections.
Her most recent endeavors include the launch of the Sheela-na- Gig 3D project, which is in part funded by The Heritage Council Ireland. A co-founder of Digital Heritage Age, Orla-Peach spends most of her spare time in the field exploring and recording Ireland’s cultural heritage.