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Who Are We?

Click on the department titles below to view the people who make Cancer Care West

  • Cancer Care West Management and Fundraising Team

    Richard Flaherty

    CEO

    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.

    Dave O Donnell

    Fundraising and Accounts Manager

    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.

    Rachel Dooley

    Fundraising Officer and Social Media expert

    Having completed her BA, MA in NUIG and travelled the world for a while, Rachel joined the Cancer Care West Team in 2013. Rachel oversees our community based campaigns, big and small across the region. As the youngest member of our team, Rachel also has a keen interest and skill in digital marketing and manages our Social Media networks, including Facebook and Twitter. Rachel is passionate about keeping fit, is a devoted tennis fan and loves her music and movies.

    Grainne McGettigan

    Regional Fundraiser

    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!

  • Donegal Cancer Support Centre

    Charlene Haughey

    Clinical Psychologist

    Noreen Kelly

    Oncology Nurse

    Alison McCollum

    Oncology Nurse

  • Galway Cancer Support Centre

    Helen Greally

    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

    Oncology Nurse

    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.

    Norma Jean Murphy

    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

    Mairead Brennan

    Clinical Psychologist

    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.

    Ulrike Kennedy

    Psychotherapist

    Ulrike is an accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist. She holds a BA in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Certificate in Analytical Psychology with Art Therapy. Ulrike places compassion and integrity at the core of her practice and has a particular interest in supporting cancer patients who struggle with adapting to their diagnosis.

    Martina Hickey

    Oncology Nurse

    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 McElligott

    Massage Therapist

    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

    Yoga Instructor

    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.

    James O’Donnell

    Exercise Instructor

    James is a qualified fitness instructor and runs the exercise classes for patients who are post cancer treatment and would like to incorporate exercise into their lives. The focus is on evidence based principles for safe exercise. The approach is that exercise should be fun, practical and performed with the emphasis on what you can rather than what you cannot do. Over the years many people have returned to a lifestyle of exercise through simple steps and measured goals.

    Claire O’Grady

    Reflexologist

    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 Rabbitt

    Tai-Chi Instructor

    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.

    Maev Creaven

    Nutritional Therapist

    Maev Creaven [mNTOI, mIFM] trained as a clinical Nutritional Therapist [NT]. She has completed postgraduates in nutritional sciences and functional medicine. With decades of experience in yoga, Maev advocates an integrated approach to health by combining nutritional research and complementary therapies. Maev runs her own private practice, lectures in nutrition and speaks frequently at national conferences.

    Maeve Curtis

    Creative Art Teacher

    A graduate of NUI Galway, Maeve Curtis gained a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art from the Centre for Creative Arts and Media. A recipient of a Culture Ireland Travel Award, her work has been selected for the prestigious Threadneedle Prize and shortlisted for the Thames & Hudson 100 Painters of Tomorrow. With over a decade’s experience as an Expressive Art Facilitator, Maeve facilitates the Expressive Art sessions here at Cancer Care West Support Centre where the emphasis is on gentle exploration through the medium of art.

    Mary O’Dwyer

    Benefits Advisor

    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.

    Elaine Grehan

    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.

    Anne Buckley

    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.

    Tom Gilmore

    Volunteer

    Mary Ryan

    Volunteer

    Assumpta Glynn

    Volunteer

    Ann Lennon

    Volunteer

  • Inis Aoibhinn Residence

    Jill Taylor

    Operations Manager

    Jill has worked with Cancer Care West since 2007 and is proud to be part of the professional and dedicated team that welcomes and supports residents and their families at Inis Aoibhinn.  Prior to this, Jill spent 6 years working in the Paediatric Oncology Department at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA.  With a background in Business Administration and Operations Jill puts her skills to use in the day to day running of Inis Aoibhinn.  Outside of work, Jill loves spending time with her family and friends and getting outdoors as much as possible.

    Teresa Nash

    Staff Nurse

    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 Keane

    Staff Nurse

    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.

    Mairead Conneely

    Staff Nurse

    Máiréad started working  as a staff nurse in Inis Aoibhinn in 2010 having studied and worked in NUIG, Dublin and London. Previous to this Máiréad trained as an Alternative Medicine practitioner in Homeopathy and ran a practice for 12 years.

    A fluent Irish speaker she makes our residents from the Gaeltacht feel more at ease. Máiréad keeps busy with an interest in growing her own produce, two vigorous dogs and has taken up recreational rowing with a local club on the river Corrib in recent years.

    Mary Belton

    Staff Nurse

    Doreen Garvey

    Staff Nurse

    Lorraine Quinn

    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.

    Ann Burke

    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.

    Bernie Kilcoyne

    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.

    Kathleen Whiriskey

    Staff Nurse

    Martina Kenny

    Staff Nurse

    Kara Giles

    Receptionist/Administrator

    Deirdre Howley

    Receptionist/Administrator

    Margaret Ryan

    Health Care Assistant

    Maureen Grealish

    Volunteer

    Claire Martin

    Volunteer

    Ann Monahan

    Volunteer

    Patsy Doherty

    Volunteer

    Chris Kelly

    Volunteer

    Nora Delargy

    Volunteer

    Emer Coyne

    Volunteer

    Mary Condon

    Volunteer

    Michael Morris

    Volunteer

    Eamonn McElroy

    Volunteer