Ciara studied at Brighton University, graduating in 2012 with a previous BSc in health science and physiology achieved with Sligo IT in 2009. While still a student she was involved with the Sligo IT camogie team, women’s soccer and women’s rugby at Brighton University.
One month after graduating, Ciara started a one-year internship in California at Stanford Sports Medicine, working primarily with Stanford women’s soccer and women’s gymnastics teams, including olympic athletes. This included travelling across the U.S. for NCAA Division 1 championship games.
Ciara moved to Oxford, UK, to start work in a private physiotherapy practice, treating private patients, including athletes. She was also lead physiotherapist to the Oxford men’s Gaelic football team, who went on to win their county championship final for the first time in 23 years. Six months later she began to work as an outpatient physiotherapist with Care UK/NHS.
In August 2016, Ciara moved to Belfast, and works as a senior physiotherapist with Orthopaedic ICATS alongside her private work at Arches Physiotherapy.
Ciara is a keen runner – she completed the Dublin Marathon in 2017 – and she attends regular strength training classes.
She is keen to continue in professional development, and is completing her APPI level 2 Pilates training in May 2018.