2016 ICF Ireland
Coach of the Year

Welcome to Ailbhe Harrington & Associates Ltd

We are passionate about enabling individuals and organisations to grow, access potential, and to challenge thinking and behaviours

We work in partnership with organisations and executives to design and deliver tailored programmes in:

  • Transformational Leadership
  • Executive Coaching, Team Coaching and Coach Supervision
  • Strengthening Resilience
  • Coaching Conversations for Managers and Leaders

We also offer a 20 day ICF Accredited Training programmes in Professional Coaching Skills with Coaching Development and a 10 day ICF Coaching Essentials Programme that can be delivered in house for organisations.

We have over 25 years experience in delivering learning and development initiatives across private, public and not for profit organisations at home and abroad.

About us

Ailbhe Harrington headshot

Ailbhe Harrington is a skilled coach, trainer and facilitator and has achieved the Professional Certified Coach credential (PCC) of the International Coach Federation.

Her 25 years of experience spans organisational development, transformational coaching, third level education and enterprise development within the private, public and not for profit sectors across Ireland, Europe and USA.

Included among her clients are public sector bodies, multinational companies, financial services, pharmaceutical companies, small businesses and educational institutions.


The foundation of our philosophy holds that each of us have within us the resources for self-understanding and change and with the right conditions we can tap into these resources and reach our full potential.

We build a working alliance with clients with a clear focus on outcomes and the necessary steps to bring about the desired change. Our style is to both encourage and challenge clients to embrace the “being” and “doing” necessary to become effective leaders.

We hold a non-judgmental position and confidentiality at all times. We define learning and coaching as “a relationship that both supports and challenges clients to develop new perspectives, responsibility, awareness and choices. This in turn shifts clients into an action orientated state which generates increased effectiveness in their operating environment”.

What is coaching?

And why might you access it?

Coaching is defined by the International Coach Federation as “partnering with clients in a thought provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential.”

Senior executives, people leaders, high potentials, those transitioning into new roles or reviewing career change benefit from coaching that allows them to build on existing strengths, increase self awareness, develop strategies for leading in new or complex situations , reflect, think and move forward with their goals.


I have undertaken academic programmes to NFQ Level 9, and practical training at corporate level with some of the most prestigious training organisations in the world. However, the positive impact of this coaching programme, on a personal and professional level, has been far more profound than any other development intervention I have taken.

Tom Caffrey, Head of Aviation Services, Lufthansa Technik Shannon Ltd

I have worked with Ailbhe as my supervisor over the past year of where l have seen a clear growth in my approach to developing my coaching practice. Her professionalism and clear methodology along with her innate ability to pick up on things at an unconscious level is something that has greatly assisted me in my reflective practice. My understanding of the power of supervision and how necessary it is has been demonstrated by how helpful my sessions with Ailbhe have been. She assists me on many levels and is constant source of encouragement and has a clear ability to challenge my thinking in a way that serves me well. I look forward to continuing to work with her into the future and would highly recommend her.

Carina, MA MICF ACC Professional Coach & Trainer

I was lucky enough on a leadership programme to have been assigned Ailbhe who really helped me as a coach by listening and by challenging me to achieve my full potential. I opened up to her easily and soon it was not just work related issues but my whole self-efficacy as an individual that we were working on. Where I am now to where I was before I started is immeasurable. Everything I learned I utilize in some way every day in both my working and personal life. Most importantly she taught me that the resources an individual needs in order to effect change are already within them, and just need to be unlocked. If I had the opportunity to do this again I would jump at it!

Ruth Proffitt, CS Team Manager, Amazon

Ailbhe was my executive coach for nearly 6 months. My coaching sessions came at a point in time where I was at a crossroads in both my professional and personal life. Ailbhe immediately gained my trust by demonstrating that she wanted the best for me not just from a work perspective but also form a personal perspective . Ailbhe has the ability to ask powerful, probing questions which helped me to identify my core values , my strengths and to understand what drives me.. Ailbhe gave me the tools to succeed in the demanding and fast paced work environment of the tech industry and ultimately Ailbhe’s guidance helped me to make the right decisions for my future.

Selene Kinahan, Director Global Business Operations, Trendmicro

2016 ICF Ireland Coach of the Year

At the ICF Ireland Annual Awards Gala in Clontarf Castle on Saturday, 19th November 2016, Ailbhe Harrington was awarded the top award ICF Ireland Coach of the Year Award that was sponsored by the Irish Management Institute.

I was absolutely delighted that three of the other individual winners on the night had all completed the highly experiential skills based coach training programme that I deliver each year in Portlaoise. Valerie O’Hanlon from Limerick was awarded the ICF Ireland Career Coaching Award in recognition of her commitment, passion and dedication in assisting clients with career transition and career development. Heather Blackmore from Tipperary was awarded the ICF Ireland Health and Wellness Coaching Award in recognition of the work she does with people diagnosed with ADHD by supporting them to recognise how their version of ADHD shows up and to harness the strengths and overcome the challenges that it brings. Emer Doyle from Wexford was awarded the ICF Ireland Coach Mentor Award in recognition of her expertise in supporting coaches through the process of continual professional development and gaining an individual credential with ICF.

Ailbhe Harrington, ICF Ireland Coach of the Year

The judging panel carefully reviewed all applications but one finalist stood head and shoulders above the others. This coach is highly respected for their national and international work in coaching, coach training, mentoring and supervision and exemplifies outstanding commitment to the coaching profession, through their pro-bono work and ongoing professional development.

Eilish Mc Keown, ICF Ireland President 2017

clients we've worked with