Eileen Murphy
Eileen qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1975 and graduated in sports medicine from Canada in 1979. She attended the Moscow, Los Angeles and Seoul Olympics as physiotherapist to the Irish Olympic team. She has travelled and lectured throughout Europe in the area of sports physiotherapy and has specialised in the use of manual therapy for the treatment of spine and muscular skeletal disorders for the last 20 years.  Eileen also specialises in treating foot conditions in both adults and children and  established Dublin Spine & Sports Physiotherapy as the first dedicated treatment and exercise clinic in Ireland. She is a lecturer in the masters degree course on sports medicine in Trinity College Dublin.

Tara O’Meara
Tara graduated from the Royal London Hospital with a BSc. Hons. Physiotherapy.  In 2001 she completed her masters in Sports Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland, Australia.  Tara has spent over 14 years working in Rugby Union beginning in Saracens RFC, then onto work full time with Harlequins of London and on returning to Ireland she worked for the IRFU as the physiotherapist to the National Academy and Irish under 21s rugby team which included the annual Six Nations and four World Cups.

Other areas of work include: Great Britain’s Heptathlon team and University of Queensland Men’s Hockey team.Tara works with The College of Dance on injury prevention, education and treatment of dancers.

She also sees individual dancers from across the dance world. As part of the professional body of the ISCP, Tara spent seven years on the Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine committee, where her roles included chairperson, Irish representative to the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapists and an integral member of the team, which developed the accreditation system for sports physiotherapists.

Tara’s specific interests are in functional rehabilitation of sports and dance injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, screening and injury prevention as well as pre / post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation.

Críona O’Donoghue
Críona graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy in 1999. She then worked in Rheumatology Rehabilitation in a specialised unit until going into private Practice in 2004.

In 2005 she completed her masters in Manipulative Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland in Australia. She received an award for the highest achievement in clinical practice during her masters degree. She currently lectures and tutors with UCD in areas of Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.

Críona has a clinical interest in rehabilitation through exercise, sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions including rheumatological conditions, and back pain.

Lisa Branigan
Lisa graduated from UCD in 2003 with First Class Honours in Physiotherapy. She then worked in St. Vincent’s University Hospital until she completed her masters in Sports Medicine from Trinity College Dublin in 2005, for which she received the award for the best clinician examination results in the class. She has been working at Dublin Spine and Sports Physiotherapy since August 2005. She has since completed a Graduate Certficate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy from Curtin University in Perth, Australia.  Lisa has worked with the FAI for the last 3 years covering training sessions and trips abroad and has worked for 5 years with the Trinity Rugby team ( DUFC), 2 years as lead physiotherapist with the first XV. She has also looked after the Irish Women’s Rugby team and Leinster U18’s and U19’s male rugby teams and Irish U18 boy’s hockey team.  She has accompanied teams to South Africa, New York, Russia, as well as all over Europe and the UK.

Lisa has completed 9 marathons and 11 half marathons herself and has a particular interest in sport injuries and neck and back pain.  She mainly does hands on work, dry needling and focuses on educating the patient to manage the problem themselves.

Sarah Jane McDonnell
Sarah Jane graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy in 1998. She subsequently practised physiotherapy in Ireland, New Zealand and Australia before completing her masters in sports physiotherapy from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2004. Sarah Jane was part of medical staff for Team Ireland at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2012 London Olympics and Rio 2016 Sarah Jane is currently lead physiotherapist with Rowing Ireland, travelling extensively with the team for training camps and international regattas.

Sarah Jane is resident physiotherapist in the Irish Institute of Sport and Swim Ireland’s High Performance Centre in Dublin. She is also a trained Pilates instructor in matwork and reformer. She has recently completed a masters in exercise science in strength and conditioning. Sarah Jane is also trained in the use of dry needling. Sarah Jane’s areas of interest include musculoskeletal disorders, functional rehabilitation of sports injuries with a special interest in rowing and swimming related injuries.

Ciara McCallion
Ciara graduated with a First Class Honours degree (BSc. Physiotherapy) from Trinity College Dublin in 2010, where she was awarded the Foundation Scholarship. She has a Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine also from Trinity, during which she completed an MSc. Thesis in running biomechanics.  Ciara is physiotherapist to Clonliffe Harriers AC and various national and international individual athletes. She has worked with GAA, rugby and athletic teams.

As a national level 400m sprinter, Ciara is passionate about sport, and has a keen interest in musculoskeletal and sports injuries. She has a particular interest in overuse injuries, biomechanics and injury prevention.

Dr. Fiona Wilson
Dr Fiona Wilson is a Chartered Physiotherapist and an Assistant Professor in the Discipline of Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin. She has over 28 years of postgraduate experience in both clinical and research fields.

She graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc Physiotherapy and completed Basic Grade and Senior training in St Mary’s and Queen Mary’s Hospitals, London. Her senior rotations specialised in MSK (including trauma), Rheumatology and Traumatic Brain Injury. She then moved to Cape Town in the early 1990’s where she completed a year of Senior Grade hospital experience before moving to South Africa’s most prestigious sports medicine practice in Johannesburg; there she worked with Evan Speechly, physiotherapist to South Africa Rugby and Soccer. She was appointed Chief Physiotherapist to the South African Rowing Team in 1992.

Fiona returned to the UK and then Ireland in 1994 where she completed her MSc Sports Medicine, examining low back pain in athletes. She undertook postgraduate MSK training (MACP programme) in the UK for 12 months, completing in 1997. She was appointed Chief Physiotherapist to Rowing Ireland in 1996; a post which she held for ten years. She travelled widely to international camps and competitions during this time, also working in practice at Dublin Spine and Sports Physiotherapy. She was appointed to Trinity College Dublin in 2001 and has been in this post since, leading the MSK and Sports Medicine teaching. She completed her PhD in 2010 examining low back pain in rowing.

Fiona is actively researching and has over 70 peer-reviewed publications including a role as Chief Editor for the Wiley Blackwell Publication ‘Exercise Therapy in the Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders’. She has presented at many national and international conferences, including the IOC Prevention of Illness and Injury in Sport. She has collaborated and published with some of the top sporting bodies (internationally and nationally) including Rowing Ireland, the Football Association of Ireland, Leinster, Connacht, Ulster and Munster Rugby, Manchester United, GB Rowing and FISA. She is the first Irish Physiotherapist to edit the British Journal of Sports Medicine (producing a special rowing edition), is an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Senior Editorial Board Member of BMJ Open Sports and Exercise Medicine and is on the Editorial Board of BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. She has contributed a ‘Rowing Medicine’ chapter to the latest edition of ‘Clinical Sports Medicine’ the best selling Sports Medicine text by Brukner and Khan. She received the prestigious HRB Cochrane Fellowship in 2012, examining the role of exercise and orthoses in managing Achilles tendinopathy.

Fiona’s research focus is on MSK (including rheumatology) and Sports Medicine, with particular interests on the role of physical activity and exercise and factors that influence surgical outcomes. She has a large concussion project in progress with Leinster Rugby, has ongoing rowing projects and is in the early stages of an athlete cardiac health project with Harvard University. She believes that clinician led research is crucial to allow the physiotherapy profession to advance and feels that the combination of her broad clinical and research experience will help her to support this. She is committed to supporting clinicians to access research support and expertise through collaboration.

Fiona was awarded international rowing colours in 1993 and was a competitive athlete for many years. She now enjoys a slower pace through regular club running.

Liam Curran
Liam graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2014. Throughout his career he has worked in numerous clinics across the city treating a wide range of clients with various musculoskeletal injuries. Liam believes in combining particular and precise manual therapy skills with comprehensive rehabilitation programmes to tackle the root of the injury and achieve long lasting results. Liam has a keen interest in strength and conditioning, and is a qualified strength and conditioning coach.

Liam has both played rugby and worked as a physiotherapist at interprovincial and AIL level and has vast experience treating sports injuries. His knowledge of strength and conditioning accelerate the process of returning athletes to their chosen sport after injury. Liam also has a keen interest in chronic back pain, post-operative rehabilitation, disc injuries, tendinopathies, muscle and ligament injuries and tension headaches. Liam practices dry needling, and is a Reformer Pilates instructor. He is currently completing his Sports Physiotherapy Masters and thesis in UCD.