Billy O’Regan – Head Coach

Billy’s sporting background is rugby having represented Munster schools, U-19 and U-20. He always had a keen interest in fitness and strength training and first discovered CrossFit in New Jersey while on a college placement in 2011. He completed his internship in CFR in 2012 and has progressed through the ranks to head coach.

Billy’s goal as a coach is to challenge members to become the best they can be, reach their goals and to have a sense of achievement and satisfaction after every session in the focused and fun filled environment of CFR.  Billy has his Level 1 CrossFit certificate, as well as other specialised certificates, including sports injuries and therapy. Check out Billy O’Regan Personal Training on Facebook for more info!

Lucy Kenefick – Gym Manager & Coach

Lucy’s sporting journey started in her early teens playing field hockey while a student at Mount Mercy College and later at UCC. She continued to “stay fit” while working in banking in Dublin and pursuing a Masters degree. She took off on a world tour in late 2008 and having landed in Melbourne some months later, she reassumed her career in banking and, more importantly, discovered the world of boot camp.

She continued to maintain a satisfactory level of fitness but it was not until her brother Chris persuaded her to give CrossFit a go that she too became totally hooked! For her it became a lifestyle choice which addressed her need for personal challenges, moving well, nutrition guidelines and insight, friendships, banter and helping others. As part of her research before returning to Cork to open the gym, she visited CrossFit gyms across Europe, Hong Kong, Copenhagen, Hawaii, New York and Sydney and interned at CrossFit Vancouver for 4 months, the first CrossFit gym to be opened in Canada. (

Her goal in CrossFit Return is to create an energetic and encouraging community where athletes can achieve their goals, conquer the challenges and have fun!  Lucy has her Level 1 & 2 CrossFit certificates and the Coach’s Preparation Course Trainers certificate, amongst others.

Aoife Twohig – Coach

Aoife has been with CFR for over two years. She is a level 4 personal trainer and has been in the fitness industry for over 5 years. Aoife has a big interest in strength and conditioning and weightlifting. Her background was in horse riding which she was involved in for nearly 15 years and she competed nationally for her club.

Aoife worked in gyms in Cork and always thought she was quite a fit and strong person. She was introduced to CrossFit and it completely opened her eyes to a whole new way of training and she was instantly hooked. Her goal is to help members reach their full potential in a fun environment.  Aoife has her Level 1 CrossFit certificate, aswell as other specialised certificates.

Mike Russell – Coach

My background is in rugby. I played all the way up through secondary school as part of the 1st team and enjoyed the competitive atmosphere. I have always had a big interest in strength and fitness and was training together for rugby and in the gym about 6 days each week.

Unfortunately not long after I finished school and broke a bone in my shoulder and did lots of damage to my shoulder, neck, and back which forced me out of contact sport. I looked for something else to take up my time and strive towards and tried a variety of things which included rock climbing but anything I tried didn’t make me want to try again as much as CrossFit did.

Although I have kept up these hobbies and try to get outdoors once or twice a week, my main focus is on CrossFit and improving my health and fitness. My aim at CFR is to both improve my knowledge and understanding about the human body and how each person moves differently and also to improve the lives and lifestyles of those who train at CFR.

Ryan O’Dowling – Coach

My love for sport was initially cultivated through swimming. I competed at provincial and national level while trying my hand at more sports than I could shake a stick at. My search for the right one ended in 2008 when in Australia I came across a gym called Southern Crossfit. Here I trained with two of my brothers, both avid crossfitters, and was drawn in by the die hard ethos that I found broke me down to build me back up better, fitter and stronger.

I came back to Ireland with a renewed vigor and love for all things fitness. Back then Ireland was yet to be hit by the worldwide phenomenon that Crossfit has become so I bided my time until the gym I had been waiting for opened, CrossFit Return!  And the rest is history. My main goal at CFR is to foster an atmosphere of community and progress by showing all our members why I came to love this sport so much in the first place.