Introducing the Activate team

Meet the fitness experts ready to help you achieve your fitness goals.

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Our team of fitness and nutrition professionals are invested in your health. We make every decision with our members’ well-being in mind. Achieve your goals with us!

The Team

Roisin & Brian Foley owners of Activate

Roisin & Brian Foley


Filled with passion, driven with purpose and backed by knowledge.
Roisin and Brian’s mission is to change the landscape of health and fitness in Killarney. With over 20 years of coaching experience Roisin and Brian know that finding enjoyment and fun in health and fitness is key to building a stronger and healthier community. Since opening Activate, Roisin and Brian’s mission has been to professionalise our industry and create meaningful careers for our amazing team who serve the people of Killarney.

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Jacinta Buckley


Meet Jacinta – a vibrant and dedicated coach here at Activate, bringing her passion for fitness and inclusive community to every session. Originally hailing from Cork (yes, we forgive her for that!), Jacinta found her heart in the Kingdom back in 2012. Now proudly calling Barraduff home alongside her beloved four-legged friend, Charlie, she’s an integral part of our coaching team.

Jacinta’s personal mission embodies a commitment to excellence in all aspects of her life – from being the best coach to the best dog mom. Since joining Activate, she’s achieved remarkable success, particularly with her gymnastics program, which has seen incredible results for her clients. With multiple successful events under her belt, including the immensely popular ‘Wod by the Waves’ and ‘Wod by the Lakes’, Jacinta’s energy and creativity shine through in everything she does.

Having obtained her Crossfit Level 2 certification and transitioning to full-time coaching in 2022, Jacinta’s dedication to her craft is unwavering. She’s a firm believer in the power of positivity and community, which she experienced firsthand as an Activate member before becoming a coach. For Jacinta, the gym isn’t just a place to work out – it’s a home filled with support, encouragement, and endless fun.

With a background in education and a love for sports and fitness, Jacinta brings a unique perspective to her coaching role. Her enthusiasm for gymnastic movements is infectious, and she thrives in group settings, fostering an environment where everyone feels welcomed and empowered.

Outside the gym, Jacinta leads an active lifestyle, balancing Crossfit sessions, triathlons, golf, yoga, and more. Her commitment to staying fit and healthy serves as inspiration for her clients, demonstrating that age, size, or fitness level are no barriers to enjoying a fulfilling training experience.

So whether you’re a seasoned athlete or just starting your fitness journey, Jacinta is here to guide and support you every step of the way. Join her for a session at Activate and discover why she’s dedicated to making every hour spent here the best part of your day.

Coach Tara

Tara Tangney


Meet Tara, our passionate Nutrition Coach & Personal Trainer, based in the picturesque village of Keel, Kerry. With a keen eye for simplifying the complexities of health and fitness, Tara’s mission is clear: to demystify the world of wellness and empower individuals to embrace their journey with confidence and resilience.

Throughout her career, Tara has achieved remarkable success stories, guiding countless clients towards sustainable lifestyle changes. Her approach goes beyond mere weight loss, focusing on overall health improvements and empowering individuals to reclaim their vitality. From nutrition seminars to one-on-one coaching, Tara’s impact resonates through the lives of those she touches.

Celebrating her 5-year Activersary, Tara’s dedication to her craft is evident in the transformations she facilitates. Her love for her work stems from the opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s lives, fostering belief, confidence, and strength in her clients.

Driven by a desire to combat the misinformation rampant in the industry, Tara became a coach to advocate for evidence-based practices. Her expertise spans a diverse range of areas, from nutrition and training to mental well-being. With a focus on supporting females aged 25-40, Tara provides tailored guidance for achieving sustainable health and fitness goals.

Armed with a BSc in bioscience & biotechnology and certifications including CF Level 1, Weightlifting Level 1, and PN Nutrition. Her background in Irish dancing and professional dancing adds a unique dimension to her understanding of movement and performance.

Outside the gym, Tara enjoys indulging in simple pleasures like training, coffee dates, brunch outings, and leisurely walks. And when she’s not busy preparing for her next event, you might just find her unwinding on a night out.

Join Tara on a journey to unlock your potential, redefine your relationship with health and fitness, and embrace the joy of living a vibrant, balanced life. Together, let’s embark on a path to strength, confidence, and lasting well-being.

Coach Tommy

Tommy Flaherty


Meet Tommy, the dynamic CrossFit Coach hailing from Kerry. As the youngest of five, Tommy’s journey is fuelled by a passion for helping others unleash their full potential, both physically and mentally.

In his four years with the Activate team, Tommy has embraced every opportunity for growth and learning. From crafting gymnastics programmes to specialising in youth training, each endeavour has been a rewarding chapter in his career. Witnessing clients transform at Activate is the ultimate reward for Tommy, reaffirming the power of hard work and dedication.

One standout moment for Tommy was spearheading a charity 24-hour AMRAP event for Kerry Stars Special Olympics, raising an impressive €1000. These experiences serve as a driving force behind his commitment to making a positive impact within the community.

What sets Activate apart for Tommy is not just the professional development it offers but also the sense of community it fosters. He’s dedicated to providing top-notch service, driven by a deep-rooted desire to boost his clients’ self-belief and confidence.

Tommy’s fitness journey began with a clear mission: to help individuals unlock their inner strength and self-appreciation. With certifications in CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Gymnastics, and the Brand X Method for youth, he’s equipped to guide clients towards their goals with expertise and enthusiasm.

Beyond the hustle of fitness, Tommy finds solace in the great outdoors, whether it’s camping adventures or cherished moments with family and his partner. And when it’s time to unwind, you’ll often find him indulging his passion for movies, immersing himself in any genre with a true cinephile’s delight.

Join Tommy on a journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and holistic well-being. Together, let’s unlock your potential and embark on a path to a healthier, happier you.

Coach Kayleigh

Kayleigh Cronin


Introducing Kayleigh, our dedicated Athletic Performance and Strength and Conditioning Coach with a particular focus on youth and athletic development. Currently overseeing our youth programme for 6-12-year-olds, providing personal training, and managing Athlete ID, our athletic development division.

Kayleigh’s personal mission is to enhance children’s quality of movement and provide them with an alternative to screens and school pressures. Regardless of their sporting interests, our programme aims to improve their physical and mental well-being. Her goal is to positively impact the athletic community and educate athletes (and coaches) on their journey towards optimal performance.

In the past two years, our kids’ programme has seen remarkable growth, with feedback from parents and children alike reflecting our significant impact on their physical and mental health. As we near capacity, we’re excited to expand further in the coming months. We’ve also extended our reach into schools, offering programmes aimed at primary and secondary students. Additionally, we’ve conducted seminars for parents on topics such as nutrition, youth exercise importance, and combating obesity in Ireland. This winter, our preseason programme yielded impressive results, and we’re proud to have four clubs now employing Athlete ID for their strength and conditioning needs.

Kayleigh has had the privilege of working at Activate for over two years now. She’s drawn to the business’s mission and its positive impact on countless lives daily. Activate caters to everyone, regardless of ability or age, fostering a diverse community. Collaboration among coaches is key, ensuring every individual receives the support needed to achieve their goals.

Kayleigh’s interest in sports and exercise from a young age naturally led her to pursue a career in coaching. She’s fascinated by what drives athletes and enjoys tailoring programmes to help them improve incrementally. She’s passionate about introducing children to new movement patterns and witnessing their joy as they master new skills. Most importantly, she’s thrilled to provide an avenue for children to exercise, even if they aren’t interested in traditional sports.

As a coach, Kayleigh’s mission is to elevate coaching standards in Kerry and raise awareness of movement development and youth health. Her specialities include athletic and youth development, along with personal training.

In addition to her practical experience, Kayleigh holds an undergraduate degree in Athletic Therapy and Training from DCU, which equipped her with a deep understanding of injury, rehabilitation, and anatomy. She also earned a master’s degree in Sport Performance from UL, further enhancing her knowledge of athletic development. Furthermore, she possesses Level 1 coaching certificates in GAA and Athletics.

In her spare time, Kayleigh is heavily involved in football and enjoys exploring local trails in Killarney with her dogs when she’s not training or working.

Coach Ty

Ty Keating


Introducing Ty, our South African-Irishman, who has recently settled in Killarney with his partner in crime (that’s his wife) and now serves as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Activate.

Ty’s personal mission is deeply rooted in his years of experience as a workplace mentor and his profound admiration for movement, coupled with a staunch advocacy for mental health. Recognizing the profound impact of well-being on all aspects of life, Ty is committed to guiding his clients and community towards holistic well-being, drawing from his diverse background in both corporate and health and fitness environments.

Since joining Activate, Ty has taken on the Activate Youth program, a role that has proven both rewarding and challenging. He’s also recently completed his Level 1 certification with Weightlifting Ireland, hinting at exciting developments ahead.

Ty was drawn to Activate’s values and mission, aligning closely with his own. As part of a team dedicated to making a positive, lasting impact on community health, Ty finds immense satisfaction in contributing to this shared vision.

Ty’s decision to become a coach stemmed from his desire to have a meaningful impact on people’s lives and play a significant role in helping them achieve their goals.

As a coach, Ty’s mission is to empower individuals striving for better lives by equipping them with the tools necessary to realise their vision of health and well-being.

In his role, Ty brings a unique perspective, particularly regarding the challenges faced by busy working professionals. With insights into the demands of intense work hours and the struggles with burnout, Ty aims to support clients in overcoming these obstacles.

In addition to his coaching expertise, Ty boasts some impressive skills outside the gym. A talented dancer and writer, Ty’s creativity and flair extend beyond the realm of fitness.

In his spare time, Ty enjoys indulging in his passion for coffee and bantering with local baristas! An avid motorcyclist turned cyclist, Ty finds solace in nature and music, preferring these pursuits over television. When he’s not at the gym or sipping coffee, you’ll likely find Ty immersing himself in the serenity of the great outdoors.


Angela Kerrisk

Customer Success Manager

Introducing Angela Kerrisk, our dedicated Customer Success Manager, proudly hailing from Killarney, where she has spent her entire life. As a mother and grandmother, Angela’s commitment to her community runs deep. She initially joined Activate as a Nutrition Coach in 2020, transitioning to her current role as Client Success Manager in 2021.

Angela’s mission is simple yet profound: to ensure every client not only achieves success at Activate but also feels valued and understood. Through guidance and support, she aims to help clients navigate challenges, embrace change, and lead long, fulfilling, healthy lives. Angela finds immense joy in building meaningful connections, fostering a sense of community, and leaving a positive impact on the lives of those she encounters.

Equipped with an accredited Diploma in Mindset and Life Coaching, numerous counselling qualifications as well as certifications including PN Level 1 Nutrition Coach, PN Level 2 Master Nutrition Health and Wellness Coach, Dr. Stacy Sims certified menopause coach and WAG certified Nutrition Coach, Angela brings a wealth of expertise to her role.
Her unique skillset and life experience ensures she plays a vital role in ensuring Activate clients are kept accountable, motivated and mindful of their journey to a happier and healthier self.

Outside of work, Angela cherishes time spent with family, indulges her love for travel, and enjoys diving into a good book over a cup of coffee. A passionate coffee enthusiast, she’s currently honing her barista skills and never misses an opportunity to tune in to her favourite podcasts.

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