Meet the Staff at Cappanalea NCOET

Cappanalea OEC has 15 full time staff and 20 part time staff. The Team at Cappanalea NCOET are the key to the success of the Centre over the years and their level of commitment is second to none as you will see from their profiles.

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Donal… Director of Kerry NCOETs

I’ve been working at Cappanalea NCOET for 37 years … and enjoy my work now as much as I did when I first started off here in 1981. I’m fortunate to work with a great team in the Centres and with my colleagues in Kerry Education and Training Board. I love all outdoor sports and enjoy sharing my enthusiasm and experience with those coming to Cappanalea NCOET


  • B. Ed. Physical Education
  • Post Grad. Dip. in Recreation Management
  • International Mountain Leader
  • Kayak Instructor – Level 3
  • Sea Kayak Instructor Level 2
  • Canoe Instructor Level 1
  • Rock Climbing Leader – Single Pitch
  • Orienteering Level 1 Coach – Training
  • Sailing International Certificate of Competence
  • Windsurfing Level 1 Instructor


Colette… Instructor

Colette has worked in Outdoor education Centres since 1994 and in 2003 joined Cappanalea staff team. She continues to enjoy introducing, encouraging and helping people experience the activities and see their confidence grow though outdoor education.


  • Sport Ireland Instructor Developer
  • Canoe Level 3 Instructor
  • Kayak Level 2 Instructor
  • SUP flatwater Instructor
  • Mountain Leader Award
  • Multi-pitch award
  • Level 6 Train The trainer
  • Leave no Trace trainer
  • Provider of Leadership and Skills awards for Mountaineering Ireland and Canoeing Ireland



Rhys… Instructor

After working for a number of centres in his native Wales, he came here to work for a year in the mid 90s – and even after leaving to work in other centres in Ireland; he returned and is still here…


  • International Mountain Leader
  • Mountaineering Instructor Award Trainee
  • RCL4 Multi pitch rock climbing leader
  • Canoeing Ireland Level 3 Kayak Instructor
  • Canoeing Ireland Level 3 Sea Kayak Instructor
  • Canoeing Ireland Level 3 Canoe Instructor
  • BCU Level 4 Kayak Instructor
  • Leave no Trace Trainer


Jennifer… Instructor

Jennifer once was a student who attended Cappanalea and since she finished college in 2001 she has been working in the centre. She began as a trainee and is our only Kerry born full time instructor on staff!! What she loves most about the work is the variety no two days are ever the same and you get to see and explore different parts of the county.


  • Bachelor of Science in Health, Fitness & Leisure Studies
  • Mountain Leader Award
  • Orienteering Level 1
  • Safety Boat
  • Level 3 Kayak Proficiency
  • Canoe Instructor Level 2 – Training
  • Rock Climbing Leader – Single Pitch – Training
  • D1 Mini Bus Driver


Lorraine… Instructor

Some people know her better as ‘Skip’; She has worked in Cappanalea for the last 15 years. She would consider herself a water person and loves any water based activities. Her favourite piece of outdoor clothing is her down jacket!!!!


  • European Professional Adventure Sports Diploma
  • Senior Sailing Instructor
  • Kayak Instructor – Level 1
  • Windsurfing Level 1 Instructor
  • Canoe Instructor Level 2
  • Rock Climbing Leader – Single Pitch Award
  • Mountain Leader Training
  • Orienteering Level 1 Coach – Training
  • FETAC Level 5 Train the Trainers


Lorcan… Instructor

Lorcan came to Cappanalea as a scout on Peak scout week back in 1987. After finishing school in Dublin and working for the Scout Association in Lough Dan, he applied for work in Cappanalea as a trainee and has worked here fulltime since 1992. He enjoys nothing more than being outside having adventures with his family and friends. Lorcan is currently studying for a BA in Outdoor Learning.


  • International Mountain Leader
  • MI Multi-pitch Award
  • Canoe Instructor Level 3
  • Kayak Instructor Level 3
  • Coaching Ireland Paddlesport Tutor
  • Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician
  • Leave no Trace Trainer


Liam… Instructor

Liam first got into the outdoors through Scouts and has since been on the mountains and in (or on) the rivers. After a short time in Cork he moved to Kerry where he can go and play more easily and enjoys his work here at Cappanalea.


  • BSc (Physics)
  • Mountain Leader Award
  • Multi-pitch Award
  • Canoeing Ireland Level 3 Kayak Instructor
  • Canoeing Ireland Level 2 Canoe Instructor
  • Leave No Trace Trainer



Mary… Instructor



Katie… Instructor


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Brian… Instructor

Brian first came to Cappanalea as a student on the Science(health and leisure) course in IT Tralee. On graduating, Brian started working as an instructor in 1998 until 2001. After five years living abroad, Brian returned to Cappanalea in 2005 where he is now a senior instructor. At home on/in the water and in the mountains Brian recently completed a BA in Outdoor Learning at  IT Tralee


  • Mountain Leader
  • S.P.A.
  • M.P.A. Training
  • Orienteering Level 1 instructor
  • Level 3 kayak instructor
  • Level 3 canoe instructor
  • Level 5 canoe proficiency training.
  • Level 3 Sea kayaking proficiency
  • RSRS 1+2 Provider
  • SAI Powerboat certificate
  • PADI Open water diver
  • D category driving licence
  • NCEA Science(health and Leisure).
  • FETAC Level 6 Train the trainers.



Karl… Instructor




Maz… Instructor

Teresa… Centre Office / Administration