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.

DIRECTORS

STEPHANIE KANE

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.

 

Simon Ong

Simon is a project manager with experience working across a range of industries and sectors including not for profit, tourism and technology. Having spent over three years as Business Development Manager in Pieta House, he is acutely aware of the impact that not for profits can make on the lives of individuals and their families.

As a keen sportsman, he has played rugby from a young age and more recently has represented Dublin and Ireland in tag rugby.

Simon holds an MBA from Trinity College Dublin and an undergraduate honours degree in Valuation Surveying."
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Orla Gilroy

Bio coming Shortly

Franziska O Donnell

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Core Staff

JOHN O DONNELL

John O’Donnell has worked in a youth work setting in various capacities, more recently he has worked in an addiction treatment service in Dolphins Barn for several years before coming to work with us.
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 has completed a Masters in Addiction Recovery in Trinity College through the school of medicine.

He also has extensive adventure sports experience. He is a qualified sailing & kayaking instructor, swift water rescue technician and is working towards his mountain leader, orienteering coach & rock climbing instructor.

 

WILLIE WHELAN

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 MASON

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 BYRNE

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