Mountaineering Ireland would like to welcome two new staff appointments to our staff team; Emer O’Leary and David Gaul who will be responsible for helping to deliver the Men’s Sheds Initiative and Post Primary Schools Programme respectively through our Get Ireland Walking programme. Below is a short introduction to both new staff members.
Emer O'Leary - Project Coordinator Men's Shed Initiative
Emer has worked for several years in MedEx; a chronic illness community-based rehabilitation programme (based in Dublin), at a number of levels including induction, session delivery as well as ongoing testing of participants and is currently at the final stages of her PhD. Previously Emer has worked on other project activities with Siel Bleu, where she has gained similar valuable experience, working both in the community and residential settings. These experiences that Emer has gained in working with often hard to reach, special population groups will contribute to the success of her role in the Men’s Shed Initiative.
David Gaul - Project Coordinator, Post Primary Schools Programme
David brings to the team a great in depth knowledge and understanding of physical activity for young people. David is a Research Masters graduate in the study of motor skills in children. He is very passionate about his new role and is currently due to complete his PhD early this year. David has worked as a PE teacher in secondary level and more recently as a lecturer in the School of Health and Human Performance, Dublin City University. David has also mentored third level students in their final year research projects from both the Physical Education and Sports Science degree programmes in DCU.
Commenting on their appointment Murrough McDonagh, CEO stated “Having both Emer and David join our staff team will help extent our reach and service under our Get Ireland Walking initiatives. I am delighted with the calibre of these two individuals and look forward to working closely with them in the future. They join us during a really exciting time, a time of growth, increased awareness, increased participation and in the period leading up to the launch of the new Strategic Plan for Get Ireland Walking in the coming months”.