Paul Flynn

Paul has been involved with the fitness industry for almost 15 years in many different roles from Personal Fitness Trainer to Leisure Centre Manger. He holds a number of fitness industry and coaching qualifications from a variety of accreditation bodies including ACSM and ACE. During this time he returned to university as a mature student and has since achieved an Honours Degree in Food Science and Nutrition and a Masters Degree in Public Health Nutrition, both from UCD. He has a strong background in research having previously worked as a nutrition researcher in both UCD and UCC and in Public Health Nutrition in the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. "Nutrition and exercise are areas which all of us constantly interact with in our daily lives. I believe that my role as an educator is making sure that students develop the tools to separate truth about nutrition and exercise from the hype and rhetoric". Paul brings a combination of a strong theoretical knowledge and a passion to apply this knowledge in the real world with a strong foundation in the latest academic research to every subject he teaches.

Mark O'Connell

Mark has over 10 years experience working within athlete development both in Ireland and abroad. Beginning within the fitness industry as a fitness instructor and personal trainer and developing towards sports development, with positions including Player Development Officer with LA Galaxy Football Club, Head of Sports Science (Youth academy) with Bohemians Football Club and at international level as Strength and Conditioning coach with the Ireland 7`s National Football team.

He holds two undergraduate degrees in Sports Science and Health from IT Tallaght, and has continued his professional development in undertaking a MSc. in Strength and Conditioning from St. Mary`s University, Twickenham, UK and underwent certification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) from the internationally recognised National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).This complements his various fitness qualifications, including N.C.E.H.S. and I.T.E.C. sports massage therapy.

Mark has extensive experience as a Strength and Conditioning coach and FMS assessor working within field sports such as Gaelic Athletic Association football, Association football and rugby from local to international level, and holds a special interest in exercise prescription for injury prevention and prehabilitation.

Mark`s research interests include the physical and physiological effects on high-intensity intermittent training and small-sided games with field sports. Mark is an avid field sport researcher and has presented published research at international conferences (2016 NSCA National conference).