MAYO STYLE AWARDS 2019: Profiles of finalists in Best in Health and Fitness category

LEADING public relations guru Lesley Emerson profiles the three finalists in Best in Health and Fitness category of The Connaught Telegraph Mayo Style Awards at Breaffy House Resort next Friday night. 


Deirdre Donnelly Fitness, Ballintubber

Deirdre Donnelly is a qualified fitness instructor with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise, Health and Fitness from the University of Limerick. She is based in Ballintubber Claremorris and offers a variety of fitness classes for all ages and stages of life.

Deirdre offers group spinning classes for all levels of cyclists, circuit classes and also running groups.

For children she runs summer camps under the name The Adventure Academy. She believes that everyone benefits from being active and healthy – and who could disagree?


Eden Wellness, Castlebar

Eden Wellness is based at Kachina in Castlebar and is run by Laura McDonald.

She works in a very individual way, meeting clients on a 1:1 basis and helping them reduce stress, anxiety, work stress and other issues.

Laura uses a range of techniques such as hypnosis, EFT, life coaching and BWRT to help people make changes in their lives​, whether it be to stop smoking, gain more confidence, or get rid of negative emotional energies.

She believes that using powerful techniques from a range of therapies people can take control of what goes on in your mind allowing you to live a freer, more contented life.

Since 2004 she has helped with issues such as smoking cessation, stress, PTSD, weight loss, childhood trauma, abuse and childbirth.


Mayo Adventure Experiences, Castlebar

Mayo Adventure Experience is an activity company located in Lough Lannagh, Castlebar.

It was set up by local man Jarlath McHale, after he gained an honours degree in Outdoor Education at GMIT.

Working with his wife Margaret Fitzgibbon and another GMIT graduate Ronan O’Neill, they aim to give people an enjoyable experience outdoors and help them reconnect with nature. Activities include stand up paddle boarding (SUPping), open boating, orienteering, pilates/yoga and team building. All equipment is provided for activities.

They also run camps for children aged 8-16 in the summer and at other times of year. They enjoy SUPping, raft building and other activities.

For adults they have Restore Kinection retreats which aim to give people some time out and a chance to reconnect with nature and themselves.