Rathfarnham Physiotherapy Clinic was opened by Tara Curran and has been located in Rathfarnham since 2004. Our physiotherapists specialise in spinal and sports physiotherapy as well as doing general physiotherapy practice. They have worked with athletes from club to elite level in all areas of sport. The clinic strives to provide a high quality service with a ‘hands on’ approach to treatment. All our physiotherapists have a high level of post-graduate qualifications and experience. All treatments are evidence based supported by the latest clinical research.

The clinic is open from Monday to Friday. Early morning and late evening appointments are available.

Tara Curran

BPhysio, MISCP, MSOM [Cyriax], HDip. Healthcare [Acupuncture] Lic. Ac.

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Tara qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from University College Dublin in 1996. After several years gaining hospital experience she moved to Australia to work in an Olympic Accredited Practice. She was privileged at this time to work along side vastly experienced physiotherapists in the management and treatment of elite level athletes.  She is also a licensed acupuncturist having gained a HDip in Healthcare in UCD in 2002. She has lectured in the areas of peripheral joint problems and the anatomy of the core stability muscles to various groups both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

On her return to Ireland she went on to do a post graduate qualification in Orthopaedic Medicine and Cyriax manipulation techniques. She is a member of the Irish Society of Orthopaedic Medicine. She is trained in Traditional Medicine and also practices Dr. Tan’s Balance method of acupuncture.  She has done extensive training in Manual Therapy techniques and sports injuries. Tara has worked within the professional sporting circuit in Ireland in sports as diverse as golf, rally-driving and fencing. She spent some time working as Team Physio to a rally driver from the Mitsubishi Ralliart Team on the UK circuit. She completed her Stott Pilates qualification in 2011. Her main interests are in sports injuries and spinal assessment and rehab. Tara has worked in private practice since 1998 and she opened Rathfarnham Physiotherapy & Acupuncture Clinic in 2004.

Tomas O’Connell

Miscp Msc SpPhys Msom

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A graduate from UCD class of 2002, he spent 6 years working in St. Vincent’s Hospital before going full time into private practice in 2010. He worked as musculoskeletal senior and UCD clinic tutor for the last 3 years he was working there. He has lots of team sports experience having worked with the Kildare Senior Football Team in 2013, Kilmacud Crokes in 2010, the Irish Universities Rugby league team 2014, Bective Rangers RFC u-21’s in 2012/2013.

He has completed his MSc in UCD and completed his thesis on hip impingement in sports people, he is a member of the Irish Society of Orthopaedic Medicine and has completed his certificate in Acupuncture in 2011 through the British Society of Acupuncture.  He has undergone courses in foot biomechanics, muscle exercise therapy and sat his exams to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning coach (CSCS) in 2010.

Tomas has a particular interest in sports and coupled with still playing senior rugby in Terenure, he has undergone the IRFU level 1 rugby coaching as well as the IRFU strength and conditioning course. 

Áine Neill


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A graduate of UCD, Aine began working in 1984 at St. James’s Hospital Dublin and quickly developed an interest in the out-patient and sports areas of Physiotherapy. She completed McKenzie Parts A, B & C in spinal rehabilitation numerous Maitland mobilisation courses and sports rehabilitation programmes before travelling abroad in 1986. Aine moved to Canada to complete the Canadian Physiotherapy Association examinations and obtained her extremities and vertebral qualifications in manipulation in 1988.

She returned to a post at the Blackrock Clinic in 1988 and to further her experience in out-patients, orthopaedics and sports therapy. Late 1990, Aine took the plunge into self-employment and in 1991 she and three colleagues bought Butterfield Physiotherapy Clinic and built it into a busy vibrant practice.

Aine has always had a keen interest in sport, is an ex competitive hockey player and continues to play tennis at Class 1 representation level for Templeogue Tennis Club and has competed for Leinster at Interprovincial level many times and continues to do so. She has worked as a Physiotherapist to several Irish Davis Cup tennis teams, Futura World tennis championships, and Irish Open Tournaments and has been club physiotherapist to two Dublin league teams.

Aine became an IHF/AHA approved CPR/defibrillation lecturer in 2011 and lectures on this topic, on back/neck problems and on injury prevention. Aine  has completed the Vestibular Rehabilitation programme for the treatment of benign positional vertigo (BPV) at St. Vincent’s hospital, Dublin in 2010. She also is a STOTT pilates instructor and a dry needling practitioner.

Mairead Liston


Mairead qualified from University of Teesside, England in early 2008 having previously completed a BSc in Physical Education in University of Limerick.Mairead also worked in hospitals in both Australia and Ireland on neurology, neurosurgery, orthopaedic and general surgery wards.

Mairead has special interest in Clinical Pilates, Dry Needling and Headache treatments techniques including treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Vertigo (B.P.V). Mairead is one of our Pilates instructors in the Clinic. Mairead also specialises in Vestibular Rehabilitation and has training in Orthotic Prescriptions.


Leigh Abell

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Leigh is our practice manager, she has over 10 years managerial experience and will be delighted to help you with any appointments, Pilates one to one teach in and classes, reports, receipts or extra information you may need.




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