Our Team

Not only are we located in one of the world’s most breath-taking natural environments, but all our programmes have been developed by our expert team of expedition leaders.

Our Facilitators develop effective teamwork skills through empowering teams to:

  • Understand and identify the learning styles of all team members
  • Facilitate the dynamics of teamwork through creative task allocation
  • Ensure leadership is practiced by all members
  • Assist your team to develop a project team contract
  • Empower your team to develop effective interpersonal skills for communication, conflict management, and team decision making
  • Facilitate team in conducting a comprehensive self-assessment of the team’s performance
  • Improve continuously the team’s performance through elite coaching methods

After each task there is a structured review session during which the group is empowered to examine their actions, behaviours and the process by which they tackled the task.


Jamie Young - Owner/Director, Killary Adventure Company


Jamie is the epitome of a salty old sea dog, with an almost mystical knack of finding what he calls ''interesting weather'' and the rest of the crew refer to as gales. However, his experiences in both business and in remote corners of the world have been invaluable in developing a corporate training programme which actually delivers.

From a youth spent in Northern Ireland to formative years in northern Scotland and a lifetime spent involved in expeditions around the world, Jamie Young has an impressive CV. It includes single-handed sailing across the Atlantic, kayaking around Cape Horn in 1989 plus various other 'trips' all over the globe from Guinea Bissau to the South Pole expeditions. He is currently planning a return expedition to Greenland for 2015/2016.

1976 Observer single -handed across the Atlantic (and back)

1977/79 Skipper of US racing yacht 'Ondine'

1980 Started LKAC Ltd

1987 Winner first Irish Adventure Marathon

1989 Leader of successful Irish Cape Horn Sea Kayak Expedition

1992 Leader of successful Guinea Bissau Sea Kayak Expedition

1997 Member of 'South Aris' Sailing & Mountaineering team completing a re-enactment of Shackleton's epic boat trip from Elephant Island to South Georgia & a subsequent traverse of South Georgia

2002 Attempt to kite buggy back from South Pole. Ultimately unsuccessful but they tried!

2007 Participant 2 handed in www.azab.co.uk

2008 Participant with 5 man team in www.threepeaksyachtrace.co.uk

2013 North of Disko Expedition to the Arctic Circle with a crew of climbers, kayakers, a photographer and filmmaker www.northofdisko.com


Fintan Ryan


Fintan Ryan has over 20 years experience in designing and facilitating training and development courses. He is one of the most experienced facilitators of experiential programmes in Ireland having worked with teams and individuals since 1989.

He has a wealth of experience in delivering developmental courses on a wide range of subjects to different audiences and therefore makes every learning experience relevant to the work environment. His style of delivery is challenging, inspirational and results focused.

A qualified Life/Business Coach he coaches both Individuals and teams from Junior to Executive level in a wide variety of organisations.

He also facilitates a number of training programmes for the University of Limerick Centre for Project Management, Smurfit Business School, UCD and the MBA programme with Sligo IT. He has also worked as an associate trainer with both the IMI and IBEC - designing and delivering a wide variety of programmes including a diploma in management programme in-house as well as an open programme for IBEC and the Small Firms Association.

As the Project Manager for the IBEC- IBTS Quantum Leap transformational developmental initiative he designed the programme with the client in 2007. Since then he has worked with over 30 teams throughout the organisation.

In March 2009 he was a guest speaker at the Project Management Annual Seminar hosted by Engineers Ireland, Project Management Ireland and Centre for Project Management- delivering a seminar entitled “Leadership – The human dimension of project management”.

He is also currently working with an organisation in designing and delivering tailor designed training and development programmes aligning them with the qualification from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

He has a special interest in developing and facilitating team programmes for sports teams and has worked with the Munster and Leinster Senior Rugby teams (in Killary), FAI coaching team, inter-county football and hurling teams and club teams


Shane Young


Born and raised in the west of Ireland Shane has been playing in the outdoors since he was born. In between living  in New Zealand and Argentina he has fostered a love of wild places.  Only sated by various trips across the world in search of out of the way places such as Georgia and the Connemara mountains.  Having played professional rugby in Argentina along with skippering 'The Killary Flyer' across the North Atlantic to Greenland, Shane knows what it takes to be a part of an elite team.
Previous Experience

Captained youngest team in 3 day adventure race Gaelforce 12 in both 2006 and 2007

Came second in the Three Peaks Yacht Race aboard the 'Killary Flyer'

Competed in and finished the 2012 Devises to Westminster 125 mile canoe race

Competed in numerous adventure races across the country including the Mourne Mountain Marathon

Skippered 'Killary Flyer' from Galway across 1800 miles of the North Atlantic to Uppernavik in Greenland and while there completed a 500km kayak trip as part of a 4 person team

Played top level Argentinean rugby

Spent 6 months living and working in New Zealand and 1.5 years in Argentina.

Captained Trinity University Senior 1st rugby team for 2 years in All-Ireland League

Grew up and now works in Killary Adventure Company in Leenane, Co Galway

Course designer for the inaugural Gaelforce Events Mountain Run 2015


Mark Bonner


Mark is an extremely enthusiastic and focused individual with excellent leadership and interpersonal skills. He has been involved in Ireland’s outdoor industry from an early age and has operated in various Outdoor Education and Corporate Facilitation programmes throughout the country.

Having studied psychology in NUIG and with almost 10 years' experience in working with people in the outdoors, Mark’s career has involved assisting teams with change management, team building, conflict resolution, leadership development and executive coaching.

Mark’s talent lies in the ability to ask key questions that help organisations gain clarity and achieve great results.

Having worked with teams that include the Irish Olympic Boxing Team, Google and the RSA, Mark has obtained a wealth of knowledge in elite team functioning. This coupled with a passion and enthusiasm for experiential learning means that you are in safe hands.

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