Meet the people who make Cancer Care West. From our professionals who are there for people affected by cancer to our team of support staff and volunteers.
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Richard joined Cancer Care West in 2009 from his previous role as General Manager of Connemara Golf Club, and has over 15 years business management experience. He oversees all aspects of Cancer Care West from Fundraising to Operations, and manages a busy and dedicated team delivering enhanced facilities and care to patients and their families.
Richard loves all sport, particularly GAA and soccer. He coaches both Soccer and Gaelic football and is also a keen swimmer. He has taken part in many fundraising challenges for Cancer Care West.
Head of Fundraising & Communications
Dave joined Cancer Care West in 2002 after graduating from NUIG in business and marketing. He oversees numerous fundraising events including the Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim and our annual Christmas Card campaign and is responsible for the preparation of management accounts for the Board of Directors.
Dave is a member of the Galway Triathlon Club and Galway Tennis Club and enjoys going to the gym. He follows Mayo GAA every year for his sins.
Community Fundraiser & Digital Marketer
Orla joined the Cancer Care West Team in 2019, bringing over eight years of charity fundraising experience with her. Orla oversees our fundraising campaigns, big and small across the region. She also has a keen interest and skill in digital marketing and manages our Social Media networks and campaigns, while also dealing with PR.
In her free time, Orla enjoys spending time with family and friends, undertaking further courses and travelling.
Born and raised in Mountcharles and living in Donegal all her life, Grainne joined the Cancer Care West fundraising team in February 2014. Grainne has an established record as a fundraiser having fundraised in the charity sector as a regional fundraiser since 1998 and Grainne uses her previous experience to promote and grow the Cancer Care West brand in Donegal and Sligo.
Grainne loves her family, horses and Diesel her dog who shadows her every move!
Director of Psychology and Support Services
Dr Helen Greally, Ph.D. qualified as a psychologist in 1982. Her doctoral thesis explored loss and grief and the individual’s ability to cope with traumatic life events remains an area of significant interest. She has worked with Cancer Care West since 2007, and was instrumental in establishing the current Support Centre in 2009. She has an abiding interest in improving quality of life for those living with chronic or terminal health conditions.
Elaine Corcoran is an oncology nurse at Cancer Care West since 2007. She completed her Higher Diploma in Oncology from UCD IN 2005. She has worked for the SAOLTA University Health Care Group in Galway and Castlebar as well as St. Vincents Private Hospital, Dublin. She has a specific interest in providing emotional support to cancer patients and their families and she completed a Certificate in the Psychology of Counselling from NUI Galway in 2013.
Administrator Cancer Car West Support centre
Marion Cox is a highly motivated Senior Manager with considerable experience in Administration, Operations and Technology. An inspirational leader with a candid, can-do attitude, and a collaborative and pragmatic approach in assisting people their goals. She is an excellent communicator who is a wonderful addition to our team.
Dr Mairead Brennan, BA. MA. DPsychSc., completed her clinical doctorate from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) in 2015. She has always had a special interest in the area of Psycho-Oncology and completed some of her specialist training at Cancer Care West Support Centre. She also works with children of cancer patients and is currently offering therapeutic play interventions for this age group.
Psycho – Oncologist
Dr. Norma Jean Murphy is a chartered clinical and counselling psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland. She has a long-standing interest in psychological aspects of physical health, illness and pain, having completed an M.Sc. in Health Psychology at NUI Galway in 2008. She has supported people with chronic disease, life-limiting illness and at end of life. Her primary role in Cancer Care West is to support people who are inpatient at University Hospital Galway
Emma qualified as a physiotherapist from Trinity College Dublin in 2007. Since then she has worked extensively overseas in various acute and rehab settings.
Before joining Cancer Care West she worked as a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in a pain and cancer rehabilitation service within a specialist NHS facility in Bath, UK.
She is also a certified cancer rehabilitation physiotherapist through PINC & STEEL International.
Emma is interested in helping facilitate people living with and beyond cancer to improve or maintain their movement, fitness and strength as well as manage pain, improve body image and help to manage side effects of cancer treatments. She is also interested in helping facilitate both people with complex and less complex rehab needs to get back to doing the things they want to do.
Martina Hickey has worked at Cancer Care West since 2007. She completed her RGN training at the Whittington Hospital, London and her Higher Diploma in Oncology at NUI Galway in 2005. She has worked at Laurence Hospital, Bronxville, New York and the SAOLTA University Healthcare Group in the Respiratory Unit at Merlin Park. She has a special interest in lung cancer having worked in this area both in Ireland and abroad.
Justina Mc Elligott qualified as a massage therapist in 1995 and has been working with Cancer Care West since 2009. She is a member of the Irish Massage Therapist Association. She has a diploma in Ki Massage, awarded by IHCA and holds certificates in Physiology and Anatomy from City and Guilds London. In 2008, she undertook specialised training with Gayle MacDonald (OHSU Hospital Portland Oregon) in Massage for People Living with Cancer. Justina uses massage to optimise an individual’s health and to minimise the effects of stress.
Bridie Hogan Hackett has worked as a certified Satyananda Yoga Teacher for over 20 years. She has been practicing and teaching meditation for more than 30 years and has for many years been teaching and running yoga classes for people affected by cancer. An experienced Hakomi Psychotherapist, Bridie uses Focusing Technique to support people to gain a deeper understanding and awareness of their emotions, and the impact of emotion on their bodies.
Claire is a member of the National Register of Reflexology of Ireland. She has been working in the complementary therapy field for over 10 years in both her own private practice and with Cancer Care West. Over the years Claire has completed specific training in Reflexology and Cancer Care in both Ireland and the UK. She has completed counselling skills workshops and has attended lectures on the emotional effects of cancer. She is also a Reiki practitioner.
Maureen has been studying Tai Chi since 2003 with Niall O’Floinn and Grand Master Wang Hai Jun from Manchester. She has studied many disciplines in her practice and was a bronze medalist at the 2013 Jiaozuo International Taijiquan Competition. Maureen’s classes use Tai Chi’s slow focused movements to both energise and relax the body.
Mary joined Cancer Care West as a benefits advisor in 2009. She worked in financial services over several years. Mary has volunteered in Galway Citizens Information service for the past thirteen years and offers financial advice to those affected by cancer.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist
Elaine Grehan qualified in manual lymph drainage and decongestive lymphatic therapy at the Dr. Vodder Schule in Austria ten years ago. She has been treating cancer related secondary lymphoedema both privately and in cancer care centres since 2007 and has been with Cancer Care West since 2014. Elaine’s philosophy is to facilitate patients in managing their own condition and achieving the best possible outcome for their quality of life and general health and wellness.
Counsellor and Support Worker – Brain Tumour
In 2006, Anne founded the Galway and Western Region Irish Brain Tumour Support. She holds a B.A. in Spirituality and Pastoral Care from the University of Wales as well as certificates in counselling and related areas from UCD, The Irish Hospice Foundation and Waverley College, Surrey. She offers both individual counselling to people affected by a brain tumour diagnosis as well as facilitating a monthly support group.
Josie joined the Cancer Care West Team in 2018 as Operations Manager of Inis Aoibhinn. Josie brings over eleven years of service management experience within the Social Care Sector to the team. As Operations Manager in Inis Aoibhinn Josie’s main objectives are to ensure that everyone availing of Inis Aobhinn’s services has a caring, safe, comfortable experience during their stay here, whilst also providing guidance to our wonderful staff and volunteers. In her free time Josie loves spending time with her family and friends and is known to be always studying some new course!
Teresa works as a nurse in Inis Aoibhinn and is a member of staff since opening in 2007, and prior to this worked with the HSE in differing specialities. Teresa is a mother to three young adults, a proud Clare woman with interests in walking in the Burren, hurling, traditional music and dancing – and so especially enjoys the cultural nights with residents.
Richard works in Inis Aoibhinn as a nurse. He trained in UCHG and worked there as a staff nurse for 3 years before becoming a “Night Nurse”/”Daffodil Nurse” with the Irish Cancer Society. He joined the staff of Inis Aoibhinn in April 2009. Having been born in the middle of Galway City, he now lives on the Galway/Mayo border and keeps an ever expanding flock of hens and ducks. As an avid rugby fan, he splits his spare time between coaching his local team and supporting the Connacht rugby team.
Health Care Assistant
Lorraine works as a Health Care Assistant at Inis Aoibhinn and joined the Staff on opening in 2007. Lorraine enjoys working nights and feels it gives her a great opportunity to get to know our residents through many of the activities especially the fantastic ‘Music Nights’. The GAA is an important part of her life through the involvement of her children in their local club.
Health Care Assistant
Ann is a true Galway girl. She has a lot of experience working as a Healthcare Assistant since 2007. Ann started working for Cancer Care West Inis Aoibhinn in May 2014. Working with people has being a long standing pursuit for Ann and she has a particular interest in working with cancer patients with whom she has a deep understanding. Ann is always there to help and listen to residents and her work friends. In her spare time, she loves to go to watch her 3 kids play football, hurling, soccer and she also loves to travel.
Health Care Assistant
Bernie has worked at Cancer Care West as a Healthcare Assistant Locum since 2014. She studied Care of the Older Person Level 5 at the Irish Ambulance Institute, Galway. Bernie also works part time as an Administrator for ISS Facility Services. She enjoys spending her free time with her family, friends and gardening.
Health Care Assistant
Margaret has worked at Inis Aoibhinn since it opened its doors in 2007. She began her role working in the kitchen before retraining to become a health care assistant in 2011.
Margaret has lived in Galway City for most of her adult life, but grew up in the countryside of North East County Galway. She is a huge rugby fan, and often spends her weekends supporting the Connacht Rugby team at The Sportsground. Margaret has 16 grandchildren, so has a very busy lifestyle outside of work.
Kara Joined Cancer Care West in 2014. Kara joined us after graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree from UCG. She always has a positive attitude and believes in treating everyone separately, quietly and meeting their needs at that moment in time as much as possible.
Kara loves to see how a little Compassion and Understanding can be so helpful and vital to all who call to Cancer Care West.
Kathleen joined us in September 2013 having come with a lifetime -wealth of Nursing Experience, she was a Nursing Manager and Clinical Placement Co-Ordinator for the Nursing Degree Program in Oncology-Haematology both positions in GUH. She holds a Diploma in Management, Communication and Listening skills, and also holds a Midwifery Diploma which assists in her duties as a nurse.
She enjoys working and sharing knowledge with all at Inis Aoibhinn.