Pat Divilly

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Pat Divilly
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Born (1987-10-24) 24 October 1987 (age 32)
Nationality Irish
Occupation Fitness professional
Website
patdivilly.com

Pat Divilly (born 24 October 1987) is an Irish fitness expert, author and entrepreneur.[1] He won Galway's young entrepreneurs award in 2014.[2]

Early life

Divilly was born in Raheen County Limerick and moved to Galway at the age of ten.Template:Fact He is the oldest of four children, to parents Colm and Carol. After attending Barna National school at primary level and Colaiste Iognaid at secondary level he completed a degree in Arts (Geography and Economics) at National University of Ireland Galway[no citations needed here]. He then went on to become qualified as a personal trainer[no citations needed here] before moving to England to complete a Masters in Exercise and Nutrition Science at the University of Chester.[3]Template:Fv

Professional life

Fitness was Divilly’s interest since his teenage years, he was first introduced to the gym at age of 14.Template:FactTemplate:Tone-inline He started his career in a commercial gym in Dublin after the completion of a master’s in nutrition science in 2011, before setting up his own fitness classes.Template:Fact He later moved home to Galway.[4][5] In 2012, he founded Pat Divilly Fitness as a small fitness class on Silverstrand beach Barna Co. Galway.[6] The class quickly grew and within a year he set up a studio in Barna village. He quickly built a large online following and was acknowledged by Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg for his social media presence.[7]

Divilly was one of the first trainers in Ireland to initiate online fitness courses.[8] His first book, 21 Day Jump Start, was published in 2013 and became the best selling health and fitness book in Ireland.[no citations needed here] The book covers his personal experience as well as nutrition and exercise techniques. As of 2013, he has appeared as an expert in health and nutrition in some magazines and newspapers.[9][10]

In May 2013, Divilly became an ambassador for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and as part of his fundraising efforts he brought the worlds largest team (of over 500) to Tough Mudder raising over €160,000 in for the charity in the process.[11][12][13] More recently, Divilly became youth mental health ambassador for Console suicide prevention charity in 2015.[14] He was the winner of 2014’s Galway’s Best Young Entrepreneur Awards and a finalist in Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur competition for the best established business category.[6][2]

Books

References

  1. "Eat like your ancestors for a longer leaner life?". Irish Independent. http://www.independent.ie/life/health-wellbeing/healthy-eating/eat-like-your-ancestors-for-a-longer-leaner-life-30707810.html. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Galway Young Entrepreneur Awards". JCI Galway. http://www.jcigalway.org/page-gye-awards.html. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  3. "Team led by local fitness expert get down and dirty for charity". Galway Advertiser. 2 October 2014. http://www.advertiser.ie/galway/article/72724/team-led-by-local-fitness-expert-get-down-and-dirty-for-charity. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  4. Caroline Whelan (20 August 2015). "Stay moving — helping others helps Pat Divilly take on the world". Galway Advertiser. http://www.advertiser.ie/galway/article/79083/stay-moving-helping-others-helpspat-divillytake-on-the-world. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  5. Cian Traynor (15 November 2014). "Personal trainers: how to find the right one for you". Irish Times. http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/personal-trainers-how-to-find-the-right-one-for-you-1.2001105. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Galway’s young entrepreneurs share €50,000 fund". Connacht Tribune. 26 September 2014. http://connachttribune.ie/galways-young-entrepreneurs-share-e50000-fund-590/. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  7. "Better the Divilly you know". Business and Finance. http://businessandfinance.com/better-the-divilly-you-know/. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  8. Des Kenny (6 February 2014). "A jump start to changing your lifestyle". Galway Advertiser. http://www.advertiser.ie/galway/article/66799/a-jump-start-to-changing-your-lifestyle. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  9. "So you’ve mastered a 5k run, what next? Top tips to increase fitness and stay motivated in 2015". Irish Independent. 18 March 2015. http://www.independent.ie/life/health-wellbeing/fitness/so-youve-mastered-a-5k-run-what-next-top-tips-to-increase-fitness-and-stay-motivated-in-2015-31077237.html. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Clodagh Finn (15 November 2014). "The Paleo diet explained". Irish Examiner. http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/healthandlife/dietandfitness/the-paleo-diet-explained-297546.html. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  11. "Divilly aims to get 1,000 people fit for Tough Mudder". Meath Chronicle. 13 February 2015. http://www.meathchronicle.ie/news/roundup/articles/2015/02/13/4035747-divilly-aims-to-get-1000-people-fit-for-tough-mudder/. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  12. "Win! Two tickets for Tough Mudder". Rte Ten. 23 March 2015. http://www.rte.ie/ten/news/2015/0323/689141-win-two-tickets-to-tough-mudder/. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  13. "Doing Tough Mudder next weekend? A fitness expert is here to answer all your questions". JOE.ie. http://www.joe.ie/fitness-health/doing-tough-mudder-next-weekend-a-fitness-expert-is-here-to-answer-all-your-questions/502390. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  14. "Pat Divilly uses his own experiences to be Console’s youth mental health ambassador". Galway Advertiser. 12 February 2015. http://www.advertiser.ie/galway/article/75557/pat-divilly-uses-his-own-experiences-to-be-consoles-youth-mental-health-ambassador. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  15. "Eat like your ancestors for a longer leaner life?". Irish Independent. 11 April 2014. http://www.independent.ie/life/health-wellbeing/healthy-eating/eat-like-your-ancestors-for-a-longer-leaner-life-30707810.html. Retrieved 13 November 2015.