About us



Shirley Foley M.S.C.P.,M.I.S.C.P.,Dip., T.C.D.,M.S.O.M.H.Dip Musculo-Skeletal Medicine

Shirley established the practice in Sligo in 1988 on her return from Dublin having worked in hospitals and private practice for 5 years. The practice moved location in 1996 to Upper Pearse Road, Sligo. Shirley graduated from T.C.D. in 1979 and is a member of the Irish Society of Orthopaedic Medicine since 1996 and undertook the H.Dip Musculo-Skeletal Medicine in 2004.

Shirley has over 30 years experience and has worked for such as Athletics Ireland for 20 years 1985 - 2005 with whom she attended 2 Olympic games Barcelona and Atlanta. Sligo GAA for 10 years 1990 - 2000 and worked as team physiotherapist to Sligo Rovers ‘90 - ‘94. Shirley works as physiotherapist at many charity events most recently ‘The 32 Marathon . Shirley also has many sporting interests -athletics, rowing, gaelic rugby, scuba-diving and sailing and was awarded a Trinity Pink for rowing and has won national championships in rowing and fin swimming.

Keen to continue professional development Shirley continues to attend national and international courses to keep up to date with current research and developments.

Shirley specializes in the treatment of musculo-skeletal problems - back and neck problems, sports injuries, bio mechanical assessment and supply of bespoke orthotics. She has a special interest in prevention and rehabilitation of injuries, bone health osteoporosis, osteopenia and the prevention of falls in the elderly. 

Mary Mulvany MISCP Dip TCD MCSP , MSOM

Mary Mulvany graduated from Trinity College in 1978 and worked as a Chartered physiotherapist in hospitals and private practice before settling back in Sligo and joining Shirley in the practice in 1994. Throughout her career, Mary has regularly undertaken post graduate studies in musculoskeletal, women's health, orthopaedic and rehabilittative physiotherapy.

In 1996, she qualified as a member of the Irish Society of Orthopaedic Medicine (ISOM). Mary has travelled internationally with Athletics Association of ireland (AAI) as team physiotherapist 2000 - 2006, and has worked as physiotherapist with Sligo GAA, Sligo Rovers, Sligo Tennis Club, Sligo Rugby Club and covered many local and National charity events.

Mary specialises in musculoskeletal problems, back and neck problems, sports injuries, women's health and management of osteoporosis and osteopaenia.


Ray Finan MISCP, BSc. Sports & Exercise Sciences, MSc.Physiotherapy

Ray joined the team at North West Physiotherapy clinic in Oct'2010. Having originally graduated from university of Limerick in 2007 with a BSc in Sports & Exercise Sciences. Ray travelled to Edinburgh to complete his MSc. in Physiotherapy at Queen Margaret University, graduating in 2009.
Upon his return home he began working with GAA and soccer clubs in the locality and set up his own practice, Sligo Sports Science Centre in Feb'10. Since then he has worked with MS Ireland and continues to work in St. Phelim's Nursing Home, Dromahair on a part-time basis. Most recently Ray has accepted a post as club physio with Sligo Rovers FC in the Airtricity League of Ireland. He has a keen interest in sport himself, playing both soccer & gaelic locally as well as participating in many running events, such as The Warriors Run. When not competing Ray attends many sporting events in his capicity as physiotherapist, e.g. The 32 Marathons, The Warriors Run & the Rosses Point Triathlon.

Eager to advance his knowledge & understanding in his chosen field, Ray is currently pursuing a Higher Dip. in Orthopaedic Medicine with the Irish Society of Orthopaedic Medicine.





Our location

North West Physiotherapy Sports & Exercise Medicine Clinic,
Upper Pearse Road,
Co. Sligo