On Friday 24th July we held a special Virtual Coffee:

‘Fit to Perform with Joe O’Connor’

We started the Virtual Coffees in April for business owners to connect and network while combating lockdown isolation. We have been delighted with its success. Friday’s virtual coffee webinar was the last in the series while we break for Summer. But we will be back with something a bit different so watch this space!

As this was the last in the series, we knew it had to be bigger and better… and boy did it deliver!

As many of our regular virtual coffee drinkers know, Joe O’Connor kindly shares his time and expertise each fortnight. The feedback has been fantastic. So on Friday Joe upped the ante by giving us an hour of his time in aid of Cliona’s Foundation. Each attendee was asked to donate €50 in order to register and to date we have raised over €7,300!
Combining his experience and knowledge, Joe presented his philosophy on how a lifestyle that focuses on improved health, fitness, nutrition and mindset can improve our own performance both inside and outside our professional life.
It was a great success, and we have received fantastic feedback from the attendees. Due to this, Joe is very generously allowing us to share the recording of the webinar with anyone who donates €50 to Cliona’s Foundation. If you would like to donate and receive the recording please email me (sclinton@metisireland.ie) and I will provide you with the details.

Thank you to everyone who has donated and raised awareness. If you know anyone who would enjoy this webinar please share this information with them.
We are incredibly grateful to Joe, the success of the webinar and fundraiser are a result of his expertise and generosity. Here in Metis Ireland we also owe him a debt of gratitude for getting our butts in gear with fitness and nutrition goals over the last 3 years!

For more information on Joe and Cliona’s Foundation please read on…

Joe O’Connor

Over the last 20 years, Joe O’Connor has enjoyed many roles across the fitness industry; from personal trainer to leisure facility management to fitness consultant for TV shows. Since 2006 he has worked as a lecturer in exercise physiology in the Institute of Technology of Tralee. After completing a Masters Degree in exercise and nutrition science he extended this to include performance nutrition.
As an entrepreneur, Joe founded both Nisus Fitness Training Club and CoachPACT. As a fitness coach, he achieved All Ireland success with his native Limerick in 2018 and with Clare in 2013. Munster Championship titles were secured with Limerick in 2019, with Waterford in 2010 and the Kerry Footballers in 2011. The Kerry Hurlers also secured the Christy Ring Cup in 2011.
As a competitive endurance athlete and with a childhood growing up with racehorses, Joe used his academic and sporting experiences to work with Olympic level competitors in both Athletics and Equestrian sport. With a result of achieving success at both the European and Global level. Throw in some golfers, triathletes, cross country skiers, cyclists and adventure racers and you can see the diversity in athletic performance. Consequently this has shaped Joe’s key principles on how to prepare the corporate athlete.

Cliona’s Foundation

Cliona’s Foundation provides financial assistance directly to parents of children with life-limiting or chronic complex care needs. This is to help with the non-medical expenses related to caring for their child.
Brendan and Terry Ring set up the Foundation following the death of their daughter Cliona, from an inoperable brain tumour in 2006 aged 16. Over the years, Cliona underwent numerous different hospital treatments. Due to this Brendan and Terry saw the number of families facing enormous financial hardship. So many were on the brink of financial free-fall, blindsided by non-medical expenses piling up. They witnessed first-hand the enormous toll it took on these families, already struggling to cope with the nightmare of having a seriously ill child.
They decided to take action and set up Cliona’s Foundation in honour of their daughter. A charity that uniquely provides financial assistance to families with children who have life limiting conditions.
Since its launch, Cliona’s Foundation has raised in excess of €1.7 million and has helped more than 700 families across 31 Counties. It is Brendan and Terry’s intimate understanding of the stress brought upon these families that explains the diversity of expenses covered by Cliona’s Foundation. From rent, food, utility bills to transportation for chemotherapy or alternative therapies, to a treat for a sibling and even covering the cost of a child’s funeral.
Sinéad Clinton
Head of Operations
061 518365


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