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Meet The Team

Norah Ryan, Owner / Managing Director

For many years, I worked as an Operations Manager and I am now using my organisational and management skills to ensure your training experience is positive and enjoyable.      

I strongly believe that everyone should be treated with respect at all times and that mental health awareness and staff well being must be paramount in any organisation.


I am also an avid GAA fan and passionate about Tipperary hurling.

Joe Manning, Director

Tutoring is my thing. People and their potential is my priority. Barrow Training make this happen.

When not saving Africa, I can be seen cycling between Carlow and Kilkenny or on the tennis court.

Liz Doran

With over 15 years experience, I ensure that your development as an Individual or as an Organisation is fulfilled to the highest standard.

Outside my work my 4 kids, horses and triathlon training keep me busy!

Siobhan McNally

The vast majority of my experience is in Management, both people and operational and I have yet to find a project I have not found interesting. However, I also love getting out of the office with my Healthcare Tutoring duties.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my little boy and girl, fitting in some laps on the running track and having a few sociables with family and friends.

Donna Purcell

I hold a level 8 BA Honors Degree in Early Childhood Education and Care and I combine that with over 12 years hands on working experience in the childcare sector. My goal as a tutor is to ensure that you enjoy your learning experience whether in the classroom or online. I aim to support your learning experience.

Outside of work, I am a Mum of 2 children who keep me very busy going for walks along the barrow track or having picnics in the winter. I also love spending time with family and friends.

Leona O'Shea

As an online administrator my role involves the technical and functional support in the daily operations of our blended learning Moodle platform. I also support the development and delivery of learning content.  


Outside of work I have a huge passion in all aspects of beauty as I hold the CIDESCO Diploma, the world's most prestigious qualification in aesthetics and beauty therapy.


Florence Leonard

As an administrator my role consists of assisting customers with booking their courses and giving them the information to choose the right course for them. I have spent many years in the retail industry and customer service is one of my key strengths. As a member of Barrow Training my main goal is to help people have a positive and friendly experience with us.  

Out of the office I love to walk and get to see some our wonderful sights we have in Ireland 


Tori Carroll

Type text hereAs a TEL Assistant Administrator my role involves preparing documents, scheduling appointments, maintaining files and dealing with enquiries.    Outside of work I love dealing with friends and family.  I also love to travel to get to experience new places, people and cultures.   I have an international CIDESCO diploma and QQI Certificates in Beauty Therapy.

Trish Galvin

I obtained my Bachelor in Business Studies (Mgt) in 2002 studying on a part time basis, while also embarking in employment to build a strong career foundation - so I fully understand the often complex needs of the learner journey.

I have twenty years experience in management, in areas such as people/team, administration, purchasing, systems/operations, quality and logistics.

Instilling organisation and structure into any project is my forte – I love lists!

Outside of work I’m happiest when spending time with my young family.

I also love the workout of a good cardio kickboxing session.

Josephine Havlin

I have over 12 years’ experience in customer service, including managing and training a group of diverse staff. What I love most about management is organising the running of each day, planning ahead and solving problems that may arise. I also hold a BA Honours Degree in Geography and Psychological Studies from NUI Galway.


Outside of work, I love to spend time with family and friends, read a book or go for a walk. I also love to travel, visiting new places and learning about different cultures.

Marian Manning, Founder

I’m passionate about training and personal development, every learner is treated as a unique Individual and at Barrow Training an enjoyable training experience with a positive outcome for all our learners is our goal.

Outside work I love a challenge and enjoy cycling, spinning, fundraising & spending time with my family.

Lisa Healy Moore (BSc. Pharm)

I qualified as a pharmacist in 2002 and, since then, have been passionate about improving health and promoting health education in the local community and beyond. I am co-owner of two pharmacies in Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow and have been Supervising and Superintendent Pharmacist since 2005. Throughout my years of work, we have often taken students from the local Institute of Technology for work-placement, and have been a vital part of their education. This, along with being responsible for the training and development of our employees, inspired me to look for further opportunities for education and training, so in 2015, I completed a Special Purpose Award in Training and Development. Following this, I collaborated with Barrow Training to develop and review some of their Training Programmes, in particular those training courses associated with the administration of medicines. It is a role I particularly enjoy, and it allows me to contribute to my own Professional Development by encouraging me to keep me up-to-date with the latest developments in medication administration and disease management. Plus, it allows me to interact with and contribute to the Lifelong Learning of a wide and varied group of people. Continuing Professional Development or Lifelong Learning should, in my opinion, be an essential part of any persons’ role. It allows for development, progression and a sense of challenge and responsibility, thereby keeping knowledge fresh and exciting, which in turn leads to greater job satisfaction and a sense of self-improvement and value.

Outside of work, I enjoy running, reading, mindfulness, gastronomic experiences and holidays with my husband and family. I love being outdoors and trying any type of sport or new challenge in general. I’m all about striking a good balance between work, play and that oh-so-important downtime!

Kathleen Kinsella, RGN, BSc, MBA, PhD student

Kathleen Kinsella has over 30 years’ experience in both private and public sectors of healthcare in Ireland. Her career began as a registered general nurse working for many years in a large teaching hospital.

Kathleen holds an MBA from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School at UCD, and a BSc (Hon) Business Studies from the University of Glamorgan in Cardiff. She is currently PhD student. She is an Honorary Senior lecturer specialising in organisational behaviour, HRM and Leadership in the School of Nursing at the RCSI. Kathleen was conferred with Fellowship of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, RCSI in December 2019.

She has considerable teaching experience across QQI Framework of Qualifications from level 5 to level 9. Kathleen has a keen interest in education and training from a healthcare perspective. She is a firm believer in developing the skills of leadership, resilience and team building. Kathleen works with her clients to obtain these skills through training, coaching, mentoring and facilitation interventions which ensure that they develop into highly effective and productive individuals who can achieve excellent results in challenging environments.

Bridget Kirwan, RGN

Over 40 years in the nursing profession, including role of Director of Nursing in the Private Hospital Sector and 12 years as Person in Charge in the Nursing Home Sector working to HIQA standards.

Experience in delivering training in Care of The Older Person, Dementia, Palliative and End of Life Care.



Here at Barrow Training & Consultancy, we’re passionate about personal and professional growth. If you want to take the next step in your career, why not apply to be a tutor at our fantastic training facility, with classroom and online course options available for new tutors. Share your knowledge and expertise in an area that you’re passionate about, with course options including:

  • Online Courses

  • In-Class Part Time Courses

  • Healthcare Courses

  • Health & Safety Courses

  • Childcare Courses

  • Early Childhood Education Courses

  • Management Courses

  • Hospitality Courses

  • Personal Development Courses

  • Professional Development Courses

  • Workshops

  • QQI Accredited Courses

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