Meet the team

The Management

Declan Burke

Leisure Club Manager

I manage the Ardilaun Leisure Club with the help of a wonderful team of sales and leisure instructors.

I am a fitness enthusiast who has spent over 20 years involved with leisure clubs and promoting health and fitness in the sporting sector. I have gained vast amounts of experience in membership control and fitness trends and I enjoy being on the ground floor observing, meeting and greeting the members and guests of the club.

At the Ardilaun we believe in creating a homely facility that incorporates great rapport between staff and customers and delivering this brand on a consistent basis.

I hope to see you soon in the club looking after your Health and Fitness as we all know Your Health Is Your Wealth.

Barbara Cashen

Leisure Club Sales & Accounts Manager

I have been part of the Ardilaun team since 2008 and oversee the sales, accounts, marketing, photography and advertising of the club.

The most enjoyable part of my job is meeting the customers and insuring they have a happy experience at the leisure club.

The biggest motivation for me is seeing people realizing their potential. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great and we have a wonderful team of fitness instructors here to help you on your way!

For membership queries send me an email at

Anne Marie Reilly Mulkeen

Assistant Manager

Hi my name is Anne Marie, I’m the Assistant Manager here in the club. I’m a country girl so my days are early but busy ones. My position is varied which I love, from teaching spinning, kettle bell, aerobics and water based activities such as swim teaching, lifeguarding and aqua aerobics.

I also look after the Koala Kids Club and Child Protection in the club. I have a Sports Management degree and enjoyed lots of travelling in the past few years before getting married and having my little girls. I look forward to seeing you in the club.

The Team

Sean Power

Supervisor/Fitness Instructor/Swim Teacher/Personal Trainer

 Hi, I am the Supervisor here in the club and I am also a fitness instructor and personal trainer, I take a wide variety of classes in the club and I am also a swim teacher. I always had a great interest in fitness so for me I knew this is what I wanted to do. I think it is vitally important for everyone to keep fit and active for their health.

Get in touch if you need a fitness programme or for advice in the gym.




Turlough O’hEocha

Fitness Instructor/Swim Teacher/Personal Trainer

Hi, I’m a personal trainer, class instructor and swim teacher here in the club. I teach a wide variety of classes.
I’m currently doing a Physical Therapy Degree in Dublin. I love sport mainly boxing and kick boxing which is one of the main aspects I teach in my one to one sessions. I have a real passion for training and it`s probably my most important trait. 

If you have any questions about the gym, please ask me anytime.


Sharon O’Donovan

Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer

Currently on maternity leave.

Coming from a musical theatre background, I have always had a passion for fitness.

I trained as a dancer at the college of Dance, Dublin for 2 years & continued my training for a further 3 years at the renowned London Studio Centre. I have since performed, choreographed & produced in theatre, circus & corporate events across Ireland and Europe, teaching classes along the way.

Itxaso Elias

Lifeguard and Class Instructor

I’m a 27 year old girl from the Basque Country, North of Spain. I’ve a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Activity and Sport Science and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. I have been working as a Dance teacher (Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-hop and Ballet)  for 7 years.
I have a general love of keeping fit and participating in a variety of different sports. I teach a variety of fitness classes here in the club such as Dance Fit, Aqua Aerobics, Low impact and Circuits. I really love to make people sweat and enjoy.
I consider myself an active, enthusiastic and friendly person. I love meeting members while assisting them to achieve their goals.


Tara Walsh

Lifeguard, Class Instructor & Kids club assistant,

I am a very calm yet enthusiastic individual, I really enjoy working in the gym environment and meeting members. I also enjoy taking group classes like Spin, Circuits and Aqua Aerobics. 



Elizabeth McKeever

Leisure Club Attendant/Swimming Instructor

I’m a 24 year old Cavan woman currently living in Galway and studying science in NUIG.

In my spare time, I play rugby with my college team. I teach swimming lessons in the Ardilaun (if you’re looking for lessons, I’ll be glad to help!) and I work as a leisure club attendant.


Amy O’ Reilly

Kids club assistant and a Leisure attendant

Hi, I’m a 19 year old student who is studying in NUIG. I work as a kids club assistant and a leisure attendant here at the club.
I really enjoy swimming and have a great interest in Health & Fitness.

Don’t be afraid to say hi on your next visit!




Shane Leamy

Leisure attendant & Swim Teacher

I work as a leisure club attendant and swim teacher here in The Ardilaun. I love swimming. Not only is it an essential life skill, but it’s also great for your body and your mind. 



Ciara Lawless

Kids club assistant and Lifeguard

Hi, I’m 20 years old and studying science in NUIG.I love working here at the Ardilaun as a pool lifeguard and kids club assistant.

I enjoy all things Health and Fitness and look forward to seeing you in the club.




Eoin Kennedy

Kids club assistant and Lifeguard

Hi I am a 22 year old student studying sports science in GMIT. I work as a leisure club attendant and spinning instructor here at the club.

I have a great interest in hurling, health and fitness. If you have any questions feel free to ask me at any time.




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