Ainle Ó Cairealláin
(Head Coach + Managing Director)
Originally from Belfast but now living in Cork, I have been coaching professionally since 2004, and in that time have worked with professional athletes, children, older members of the community, weight loss clients, and people coming back from orthopaedic surgery, as well as clients with a wide range of disabilities and medical conditions.
My educational background includes an honours degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences (University of Limerick 2007), NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (2009) Research Masters in Biomechanics (University of Limerick 2010), Functional Movement Systems Coach (2011), Precision Nutrition Coach (2012), and NSCA Certified Special Population Specialist (2018).
Between the years of 2011 and 2018, I have been fully committed to developing a unique training system based on quality of movement, long term enjoyment and participation for people of all levels, and a method that produces real results in a safe, professional, and challenging environment. This long term project really kicked off in 2013 when I opened ACLAÍ for the first time, and has been going from strength to strength. Along the way, I have encountered and helped many clients, and learned from experts in their respective fields from around the world. From spending time working for a professional Aussie rules team in Adelaide South Australia, to training the Cork Senior Football team, to working with well know movement professionals from far and abroad, and lecturing at Setanta College, and The University of Limerick, a lot of water has passed under the bridge in the last 14 years!
Outside of the world of sport and exercise science, I have worked on and presented several television documentaries that were shown on TG4, RTÉ, and BBC. Most recently I presented Taobh Thiar Den Gheansaí/ Behind the Jersey, that took an indepth look at the mental health issues that we are going through in ireland today, especially among young men. Developing ACLAÍ as a facility that promotes positive mental health is key component to our approach and development, especially in this day of constant distraction, and focus on the superficial side of health. I have also been involved in national and international activism, including a recent trip to the West Bank of Palestine.
For me, ACLAÍ is much more than a gym. It is a long term project to integrate human movement, mental and physical health, inclusion for all, social get togethers and both collective and personal development. I am passionate about 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.
- 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
- NSCA Certified Special Population Specialist, 2018
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.