Meet The Team at Donegal Adventure Centre

Collie MacPháidin

Collie MacPháidín is the General Manager of the Adventure Centre.

Collie joined the team in 2001, becoming the boss in 2012 when Niamh moved into working with our international groups.

Renowned for his wonderful personality and superb way with kids and teens, ‘Jolly Collie’ is a DAC legend but very focused and dedicated when it comes to the quality, value and safety of all our courses, programs and and packages.

Collie also taught in Dublin, and over the years here, has entertained and educated thousands of teens.

While he continues to work with all groups, he has overseen the development of our new Homefield Rock Hostel, and handles all the DAC websites and brochure design.

Collie is a colourful character, famous for his Hawaiian shirts and sense of humour, and contributes in an enormous way to the positive atmosphere of  Donegal Adventure Centre.

 Ciara O’Shea


 Ciara O’Shea and our other office staff handle all of the bookings for Donegal Adventure Centre, arrange the paperwork, payments and everything else that goes on in the very busy DAC office.

 They are a formidable hothouse of organization, and the hub of the centre.

Colle and Ciara are usually the first people you will meet when you come to DAC, and they have magical powers no one else can quite understand. These girls are super helpful and will make sure everyone who books here gets the best possible experience.


Kyle Wilshire

Kyle Wilshire is one of our longest serving instructors, and is our chief Surf Instructor.

As well as running our Train to be a Surf Instructor Courses, Kyle has taught hundreds of kids, teens and adults the joys of good surfing, and his surf camps are packed each summer.

Kyle, who comes from South Africa, is loved by all who come here, for his patience and good humour.

A fanatic ‘Motley Crue’ fan, and former long-haired dude, he is now proud dad to gorgeous Ella, and cut his hair!




Eoin Guilfoyle

The most laid back man in the DAC, Eoin is a truly gifted instructor.

He came to us fresh from GMIT and his experience in kayaking, surfing and hill walking has really helped us to offer a higher level of activities.

Originally from Dublin but happily settled in Grange with Tara and Jack, Eoin's love of all things outdoors will get even the most apathetic teen bubbling over with enthusiasm.




Fran Duffy

Fran was a mum of three who worked in an office who decided to change her life by doing our ETB Surf Instructor course.

She now runs all the swim coaching for our instructor courses, is a surf coach and is known by all as Frantastic for her amazing junior camp that runs all through the summer.





Philip "Fiddy" Doherty

Philip "Fiddy" Doherty is another member of our versatile staff, with qualifications in surfing and lifeguarding and a Jiu Jitsu fanatic.

He is also one of our drivers, and when he is not on session, he will be working on the upkeep of the centre activities, grounds and buildings. Philip has built much of our equipment including many of the tasks in our adventure field.

Known affectionately as ‘Fiddy’ because of his penchant for gangsta rap, Fiddy is the heartbeat of the DAC, always in good form, always laughing - just don't get him talking about Jiu Jitsu or about his kids or you will be there all day !



Niamh Hamill

While Niamh is no longer the Manager of the DAC, she is still involved as Director of Donegal Adventure Centre's International Education and Training Programmes. Niamh was a primary school teacher in Tallaght for eight years, and then became Head of Fifth Form at Ashfield College, Templeogue.

Niamh is completing her PhD in Drew University and overseas our international university programmes under the banner of the Institute of Study abroad Ireland (

Niamh is committed to the idea that sport, music and arts are essential ingredients in education, and that students thrive when guided by enthusiastic leaders in a safe and positive environment. She is very active in local and national tourism projects, and she is also a musician and music promoter.







Nicky Dowling

Nicky is our Director of Language Programmes. She runs our domestic language trips through her Business, Language & Adventure ( and also co-ordinates our international language tours.

Mark Kennedy

Hailing from Cork, Mark found his way to the right end of the country as part of the first ETB course graduating with Darragh T.

An excellent all round instructor, Mark's true love is surfing and is always to be found honing his skills on the peak.


Joe Doran

Joe is Bus Driver and 'fixer-upper extraordinaire'.

With two accommodation centres, a shop, 4 equipment centres and three vehicles, we keep him & Fiddy very busy.

A long time friend of the DAC, we are delighted to welcome him on to the staff on a more permanent basis this year.