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Meet The Team

Marian Manning, Founder/Director

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.

Joe Manning, Tutor

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, Director

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, Project Manager

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.

Norah Ryan, Training Manager

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.

Outside of work I am an avid GAA fan and passionate about Tipperary hurling.

Vicky Nolan, Quality Assurance Manager

I am a graduate of University College Dublin with a background in Administration and Healthcare. I am particularly passionate about the relationship between diet and health, and helping others to achieve their goals.

Outside of work, you will find me walking by the river with my dogs or following the local GAA teams.

Donna Purcell, Online Manager

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.

Sandra O’ Neill, Senior Training Administrator

I am a graduate of Waterford Institute of Technology, holding a MSc. in Computing along with various more CPD certificates throughout the years. I have a strong background in IT Training. I’m a Training Specialist with over 15 years of experience maximizing employee/learner performance by identifying training needs and creating tailored training programs for the needs of specific learners/employees. I have planned, created & implemented all levels of training serving as liaison between various departments concerning

training needs.

Away from work I am kept busy with the usual running and racing with my 3 girls!! I enjoy socializing when I can and love a good catchup with friends.

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!

Margaret Griffin, RGN

Margaret Griffin is a Registered Nurse in Intellectual Disabilities since 1992, having originally trained with the St. John of God Order. Margaret has 30 years’ experience in supporting persons with varying degrees of intellectual disability, Autism, persons with behaviours of concern, communication difficulties, dual diagnosis and a wide range of associated conditions. Margaret is passionate about mentoring and teaching others in becoming effective, competent carers and support workers in Healthcare and Social Care roles, supporting persons with intellectual disabilities. In addition to her role as a Senior Staff Nurse and A/CNM2, Margaret has completed the QQI Level 6 Train the Trainer to further enhance her role as a tutor in this area.

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.

Kay Coburn, RGN, RPN, SCM

Kay has worked extensively in all nursing disciplines of the healthcare sector in General, Midwifery and laterally Psychiatric nursing. Following her years of experience and multidisciplinary background, she became Assistant Director of Nursing in the Carlow/Kilkenny Mental Health services.

Kay has been a healthcare trainer since 2005, both within the HSE and as a private contractor. She firmly believes that good communication skills are a key trait to succeed in the healthcare sector. She promotes this aspect to her students on a daily basis.

Outside of work, Kay enjoys walking by the beautiful river Barrow in Bagenalstown. Kay is also one of the many volunteers who work with Éist, the local cancer support service in Carlow.

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.