Brian Monaghan The Cottage Clinic

Brian has been living and working in Swords most of his life and has been active from a young age playing football with his local club and school teams. In his teenage years and early twenties, Brian found a love for running, starting with 5Ks and 10Ks, progressing to half-marathons and eventually full marathons by his late twenties. During a family holiday in Lanzarote with his wife and 3 children, Brian stumbled upon an Ironman competition. He was so impressed with the physical and mental challenge that the participants were putting themselves through, and always looking to challenge himself athletically, he returned home from holiday determined to return the following year to compete. After extensive training Brian crossed the finish line in “Ironman Lanzarote” in 2012 and 2013 in impressive times.

Subsequently, Brian found himself looking for the next big challenge and discovered “The Race” in Donegal. Not for the faint-hearted, competitors are given 24 hours to complete a course of mountain-running, cycling and kayaking. In 2014 amidst diabolical weather conditions, Brian was one of 17 competitors to cross the finish line.

Brian is a keen cyclist and in 2019 he completed the “Mizen to Malin Head” race in 3 days. Spanning over 700km this race covers the length of Ireland, from the most southern point right up to the most norther point of the country.

Brian is passionate about exercise, sports and keeping a healthy body and mind and believes that staying injury free during exercise and playing sports is a key part of staying healthy. Brian’s years of experience of participating in many sports disciplines has helped him to gain a very detailed insight into how to avoid and treat injuries. His experience and passion were the reasons why he decided to gain qualifications in Neuromuscular Therapy, Sports Massage, and Sports Recreation & Exercise. Switching careers, Brian built The Cottage Clinic to provide a private, comfortable and relaxing environment for his clients during well-being consultations and to treat people for sports related injuries and other muscle and joint ailments.

As a trained First Aider, Brian can be seen working pitch-side with his local GAA club (Ballyboughal) and local Rugby club (Ashbourne RUFC) providing treatment and on-field medical assistance.

WhatClinic Patient Service Award
Patient Service Award


Neuromuscular Therapy – Physical Therapist Level 6
  • Postural Assessment
  • Soft Tissue Release
  • Event Massage
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Myofascial Trigger Points
  • Professional Practice
QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sports Recreation and Exercise
  • Sport and Recreation Studies
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • Body Massage and Figure Analysis
  • Nutrition
  • Sports Exercise and Injury Prevention
ITEC Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage
  • Functional Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Principles of Health and Fitness
  • Principles of Soft Tissue Disfunction
  • Subjective and Objective Assessment
  • Sports Massage Techniques
Dry Needling Ireland
Dry Needling Level 1
  • Definition & Diagnosis of trigger points
  • Neurophysiology of Dry Needling
  • Guidelines for safe Dry Needling
  • Ethical guidelines for safe Dry Needling
  • Contraindications for dry needling
  • Clinical application of superficial & deep Dry Needling techniques
  • Clinical application of related Dry Needling techniques
Therapeutic Tools & Techniques
  • Cupping
  • Scraping
  • Taping

As a member of ANMT, Brian is a fully qualified and insured therapist to treat acute or chronic pain and is covered under both LAYA Health and Irish Life Health Insurance enabling clients to claim back some of their treatment costs.