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!
John gained his accreditation as a clinical psychologist in 2007. Upon qualification, he secured a post in Russells Hall Hospital UK, working primarily in the oncology and clinical hematology wards in the hospital. In 2018 he returned to his native Ireland and following a short phase in private practice, became appointed as senior clinical psychologist and centre lead for the service in Co. Donegal.
Patricia Doherty is the administrator in the Letterkenny Office. In this position Patricia works closely with colleagues and serves as the primary contact to new clients. Patricia has a background in hospitality and healthcare and enjoys welcoming clients to our wonderful Centre.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist
Elaine McDermott qualified from the internationally recognised Dr Vodder Schule of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Lymphoedema Management and has worked in cancer care since 2015. Elaine’s passion is empowering patients to manage and take control of their ailment through education, massage, skincare, movement, and compression. Elaine works with empathy, taking a holistic view to achieve the best possible outcome, thus improving quality of life
Grainne has been qualified in various Holistic Therapies since 2006 from Cavan Institute. She has also attended The London School of Reflexology and The Irish school of Reflexology. Grainne is also an Itec accredited tutor at the award-winning Pyramid Holistic Centre Donegal, where she teaches Reflexology and Massage Therapy. Grainne takes great pride in her work at the Centre supporting Oncology patients Holistically on their road to wellbeing and Vitality.
Marie Scanlon is an Integrative Counsellor. She is passionate about supporting patients and their loved ones through the psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis. Marie has a special interest in facilitating creative group work which supports and enables clients. As a therapist, Marie is committed to continuing personal and professional development.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Dr Katie Barrett, PhD., is a clinical psychologist, having completed her doctoral training in UCD in 2019. She completed an M.Sc. in Health Psychology at NUI Galway in 2014, and has previously worked within Our Lady’s Hospice, Dublin, and the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury programmes within the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dun Laoghaire. She has worked with people who are adjusting to illness and physical injuries, and at end of life, and is passionate about supporting individuals and their families as they navigate complex physical health issues.
Conor is an exercise physiologist who graduated from NUI Galway in 2021 with an MSc. in exercise physiology. He recently worked as a researcher with an interest in the use of exercise as a therapeutic intervention for people living with and beyond cancer. He has published research focusing on the benefit of exercise for people living with and beyond cancer and he has always been passionate about health, exercise and wellbeing. He aims to safely prescribe and monitor exercise for people living with and beyond cancer in order to improve their fitness, physical function and quality of life.
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.
Mary-Kate Kelly has worked as a counsellor/psychotherapist for over 20 years. Much of her therapeutic work has been with people impacted by a cancer diagnosis (including inpatients, outpatients, adjusting post-treatment, dealing with recurrence, living with secondaries, family members, as well as carers and the bereaved). A Mayo woman, she worked for many years in Belfast, Northern Ireland and relocated back to Galway in 2018. As a therapist, she is committed to continuing professional development, as well as keeping sight of the person in the middle of the cancer experience in all of her work.
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.
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.
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.
Doreen originally trained as state registered nurse in the UK, she then went on and qualified then later as a Midwife in St James Hospital, Dublin. In addition to her Nursing and Midwifery qualifications Doreen also has completed a Diploma in Health Care Management and also a Diploma in Counselling from NUIG. Doreen during her career worked with the HSE in Dublin and Galway as a Nurse Manager, she also has worked as Community Information Nurse in the western region giving talks and information on Health Promotion and Cancer Prevention before joining our Inis Aoibhinn team in 2016.
I Joined The staff at Inis Aoibhinn in Sept ’19.I trained as a Paediatric Nurse at Temple Street Hospital Dublin, and later studied a Paediatric Oncology Course at The Royal Mersidan Hospital in London.
I then graduated as an RGN at Chester Hospital. I returned to Galway after spending some time working as an Oncology Nurse in London and the Middle East. I spent the last few years working in Merlin Park Hospital as a staff nurse before joining Cancer Care west.
I am from Roscommon but now live in Galway. I enjoy country walks, attend Spanish classes and enjoy very much socialising with family and friends
Noelle joined the team in 2021, having been out of nursing for 15 years while raising her 3 daughters. She is a dual qualified mental health and general trained nurse, with a background mainly in accident and emergency. She lives in the beautiful village of Oughterard but is originally from Co Louth. In her spare time, she loves travelling with her husband, attending music concerts and horse-riding.
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
Gerard works as a Health Care Assistant at Inis Aoibhinn. He qualified as an Emergency Medical Technician (2019) and enjoys volunteering with the Order of Malta and his local GAA club as a Medic in his spare time. He is a Community First Responder and also works part-time as a vaccinator. Gerard loves assisting patients and making sure that their stay is as easy as possible at Cancer Care West. A proud Clare farmer, he enjoys GAA, music and life in nature.
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.
Jason joined Cancer Care West in 2019 and works in IT for Inis Aoibhinn. He studied in NUI Galway, achieving a Master’s in software engineering and database technologies. Jason keeps a watchful eye over the building’s computers and makes sure everything is working as it should, as well as offering technical help and guidance to anyone who may need it.
He is an avid reader and movie fan, always trying to stay up to date to discuss with friends.