About Performance Physiotherapy

Performance Physiotherapy is an established Physiotherapy clinic based in Cork City.

Our Vision

The vision of the type of service which Performance Physiotherapy delivers has grown and evolved over a number of years.

Our focus has shifted towards empowering you to build a physically more resilient version of yourself.

We have developed our own unique tool box of both knowledge, exercise and hands on physiotherapy skills. We employ these skills and experience to build a bespoke solution to your needs.

Our Experience


Rehabilitation: “nothing comes from nothing” is an ancient Greek phrase and here at Performance Physiotherapy we still believe this to be true. One of our core beliefs is that exercise is best pathway to help you get the best quality of life which you can. Once we have conducted a thorough assessment of how you move we will build you a personalised plan which will be the beginning of your journey to creating a fitter and healthier you. Whether you are looking to perform better as an elite level athlete or simply want an active and pain free life; we can provide a plan for you.

If you are looking to perform better as an elite level athlete or simply want an active and pain free life; we can provide a plan for you.

We understand that people’s lives are not uniform and it is because of this diversity that we adopt a holistic approach in helping people to reach their goals. Having consulted with you and gained an understanding of your circumstances we will develop a balanced plan based on what you need and what we can offer.

In the clinic we have the experience and expertise of dealing with high performance athletes. The detail required for this level of performance is something which the clinic specialises in. The good news is that these skills are not just for such high performing athletes. This knowledge of detail and the commitment to the service we provide ensures a premium service which will be tailored to your needs. Regardless of what level those needs may be at.

Our Team

Sinead Murphy (Physiotherapist)

Sinead holds a Masters degree in Physiotherapy from King’s College London and completed post graduate studies in sport and manipulative physiotherapy at University College London. She has worked in the area of sport and musculoskeletal physiotherapy for over twenty years. Sinead spent a number of years specialising in musculoskeletal and orthopaedic physiotherapy in the NHS. She began her elite sport career as part of the Great Britain Paralympic support team for the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. Since then she has worked across a range of national teams at multiple championships and Olympic Games including London, Rio and (all going well) Tokyo. She is currently the lead physiotherapist with the Irish Rowing Team and provides physiotherapy services to elite carded athletes who are based in the Cork area. 

Sinead has a long history of working with a range of local clubs and national teams including GAA, swimming, hockey, rowing, gymnastics, athletics and dance. She regularly lectures at university level on topics including sports medicine and Paralympic sport. She has a special interest in the developing athlete and the benefits of exercise across the general population including complex cases not just sports injuries. Her weekly Pilates groups are testament to the idea that exercise really is medicine.

Shelly (Physiotherapist)

Shelly graduated from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh after completing a Masters in Physiotherapy. She completed her undergraduate degree in Athletic Therapy and Training from DCU.

Since graduating, Shelly has worked in a number of busy private practices both in Ireland and New Zealand, and has developed her clinical skills from working within the private sector and sports physiotherapy. She has a keen interest in musculoskeletal and sporting injuries and utilises a mixture of manual therapy and evidence-based exercise rehabilitation during her treatments. To date, she has gained extensive experience working with athletes of all levels, including international rowers and field hockey players. Her passion for physiotherapy stems from her love of sports, health and well-being. She is trained in Clinical Pilates and endeavors to utilise these skills to provide holistic care and treatment plans for people recovering from acute sporting injuries, spinal conditions and the management of women’s health conditions.


Book an appointment with Shelly via our online booking portal.

Ellen (Physiotherapist)

Ellen graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc in Physiotherapy. She is a practicing member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, of which she is also the Trinity College Graduate representative. She  worked in a busy private practice prior to joining our team.

Ellen is skilled in both manual therapy and rehabilitation, and strives to incorporate her patients’ lifestyle and goals into treatment planning. She has furthered her skills as a physiotherapist through completing accredited courses including Dry Needling and Kinesiology taping.

Ellen is a qualified Pilates Instructor and is currently leading our Osteoporosis programme. She also takes a special interest in teenage development and is running the Teenage Pilates programme. She has experience working with teams including rowing and GAA, both on the pitch, and in the clinic. Ellen’s own sporting interests include 10 years experience of rowing during which she has won two University Championships. She also enjoys cycling and running.

Find out more about joining our Beginners class in our recent blog. You can book an appointment with Ellen via our online booking server.

Kate Mullane Physiotherapist

Kate (Physiotherapist)

Kate graduated from QMU Edinburgh with a MSc in Physiotherapy. She worked in both NHS and Private hospitals in Scotland gaining valuable experience across physiotherapy specialities including Orthopaedics, A&E and Musculoskeletal positions. Alongside this, Kate has worked at Scotland’s National Sports Performance Centre as physiotherapist for both Academy Teams and the Women’s Firsts Team at Heart of Midlothian Football Club.

Kate moved home to Ireland in 2022 and has since worked in private practice and alongside local GAA and rugby teams. She has a keen interest in utilising a combination of manual therapy techniques and individualised rehabilitation programmes to maximise functional ability and recovery from injury. 

Kate enjoys treating sports injuries and creating return to play rehab programmes specific to each individual sport. She also has an interest in post-surgical rehabilitation and clinical strength and conditioning for a range of conditions including back and neck pain or osteoporosis. She runs both Osteo/Bone Health and Clinical Reformer Pilates classes in the clinic. 

Outside of physiotherapy Kate enjoys hiking, triathlons, rugby, surfing and CrossFit.

You can book an appointment with Kate via our online booking system by selecting Crosses Green

Ailbhe Mulvihill Physiotherapist

Ailbhe (Physiotherapist)

Ailbhe graduated from University of Limerick with First Class Honours with a BSc in Physiotherapy. Ailbhe is originally from Westmeath and before joining Performance Physiotherapy, she spent a number of years working in hospital settings across various areas such as ICU; general medicine; inpatient orthopaedic rehab; outpatient musculoskeletal rehab and stroke rehab. Ailbhe also has experience working in long term rehabilitation settings delivering 1:1 physiotherapy sessions to older adults as well as group exercise classes. Ailbhe has additional experience in paediatrics and sports specific physiotherapy, working with various GAA teams

Ailbhe has a keen interest in musculoskeletal injuries and sports physiotherapy. She believes in a holistic and person-centered approach to physiotherapy and enjoys working with people helping them to achieve their rehab goals. She also has a wealth of experience in S+C and coaching, and utilises her passion in this area to aid her rehab prescription.

Outside of physiotherapy, Ailbhe is a competitive weightlifter for Cork Weightlifting Club, and is currently on the Irish Senior Weightlifting Team. In the last year, she has represented Ireland at both European and World Senior Championships, and she is also involved in coaching novice weightlifters in Cork Weightlifting Club. Ailbhe also has a passion for all things GAA, which she played for 16 years before pursuing weightlifting.

You can book an appointment with Ailbhe via our online booking system by selecting Crosses Green

Would you like to join our team?

Get in touch to explore opportunities to join our physiotherapy team.