About Us

The Adventure Project is a not for profit social enterprise based in the lock keeper’s cottage at Newcomen Bridge on the Royal Canal in North Strand, delivering collaborative Adventure Therapy and Outdoor Education experiences to the local and wider community.

“Our mission is to provide the opportunity for marginalized communities to experience the best outdoor education experiences that Ireland has to offer”

We deliver challenging and meaningful experiences for clients, particularly from marginalized communities, by combining the natural environment, psychological, physical and cognitive challenges and an opportunity for self-reflection and personal motivation for positive change.



Moira is a senior member of the finance faculty of many business schools and universities and in recent years has delivered programmes on financial management in the US, China, Iran, Egypt, Mexico, France, Dubai, South Africa, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Mozambique, Brazil, Singapore and the UK as well as Ireland.
Moira has served on and chaired boards in the private sector and chaired audit committees for Government Departments in the Irish Public sector.

Moira is also an enthusiastic kayaker, climber and cyclist. She has served as a Board Member of Mountaineering Ireland, the Governing body for the sport in Ireland.
Moira holds an MBA from IESE Barcelona, after an undergraduate honours degree in Mathematics.



Stephanie has been working in the addiction and recovery groups for over 10 years and has worked in this area in the USA, UK and Ireland.
In Ireland, she has worked in the Rutland residential treatment centre and is now working in the community & drugs sector in Dublin 10.
Stephanie holds a higher diploma in Addiction studies and Counselling and she is also an HSE trainer delivering training in SAOR, evidence-based brief interventions.

Stephanie is a firm believer in the therapeutic potential of adventure and outdoor activities for those in recovery from addiction.



John O’Donnell has worked in a youth work setting in various capacities and currently works in an addiction treatment service in Dolphins Barn.
John’s passion is working with people from disadvantaged backgrounds though outdoor education. John holds an HND in outdoor education, a degree in Community Development, and he is currently completing a Masters in Addiction Recovery in Trinity College through the school of medicine.

He also has extensive adventure sports experience and is a qualified sailing and kayaking instructor.



Joyce started off as an Outdoor Educator, working mainly as a sailing and windsurfing instructor before moving into the area of Social Care.
She is currently the programme coordinator for the Adventure Facilitation and Education Level 8 degree at Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE. Joyce has worked in the college for 16 years and also tutors and coordinates on the Social Care Level 5 and Level 6 courses.

Joyce has a BA in Applied Social Studies from NUI Maynooth in 2002 as well as several adventure sports qualifications.


Core Staff


Willie has been working delivering adventure programs since 2003. He has worked for adventure centres, sporting governing bodies and youth services.
He currently works part-time tutoring in outdoor education in a further education college in Dublin, and has been with the Adventure Project, full time, from the beginning. He has a BA(Hons) in adventure education & facilitation, a level 6 cert in counselling & psychotherapy and a level 7 in addiction studies.

He is also a qualified rock climbing instructor, kayak instructor, mountain leader, coasteering leader, swift water rescue technician and more



Sara has been with the Adventure Project since the beginning, but before she came to work with us she worked in several adventure centres as well as Sail Training Ireland. Sara has a BA(hons) in adventure education & facilitation as well as a level 6 cert in counselling & psychotherapy.

She is a qualified rock climbing instructor, mountain leader, coasteering leader, sailing instructor, swift water rescue technician and more.



Craig has been working with us since the Adventure Project was set up. Before this, he worked for Canoeing Ireland, as a raft guide in India and for several adventure companies in Ireland. Craig has a BA(hons) in adventure education & facilitation as well as a level 6 cert in counselling & psychotherapy.

He is also a qualified sailing instructor, kayak instructor, coasteering leader, swift water rescue technician and more