Saint John of God Foundation | Our History
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Our History

Since 1882 the Saint John of God Order has provided community services in Ireland, UK and Malawi. We have a successful track record of over 130 years in developing strengthening and sustaining improved services for children & and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities, people with mental health problems and older people living with dementia.

 

 1882: Saint John of God Hospital, Stillorgan, Dublin was founded to bring healing care to people with mental health problems.

 

 1930: Saint Augustine’s School, Blackrock, was founded; the first of seven schools, in Ireland for children  with an intellectual disability from around the country.

 

 1946: St Mary’s, Drumcar for children with an intellectual disability, the fore-runner to the North East Services, opened.

 

 1952: Oakley Park House, Celbridge was opened as the foundation of Saint John of God Kildare Services.

 

 1955: Lucena Clinic Services opened its doors to provide mental health services to children and adolescents.

 

 1961: Saint Joseph’s Nursing Home opened at Kilcroney, Bray and in 1995 opened at Shankill. It now specialises in the care for people living with dementia.

 

 1964: Carmona Services, Glenageary was established to provide day services to children and adults with a learning disability.

 

 1964: Menni Services, Islandbridge was opened as a day centre for children and adults with a learning disability.

 

 1972: Cluain Mhuire Community Mental Health Services, Blackrock, Co Dublin opened.

 

 1980: Kerry Services, Tralee, was founded, now providing training, employment social and residential programmes for people with intellectual disabilities.

 

 1982: First of six Care Homes opens in the UK providing residential care and support for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities opened.

 

 1986: Suzanne House, Tallaght, opened to provide respite for children who are medically fragile or have a life limiting condition.

 

 1993: Saint John of God establishes services in the northern region of Malawi.

 

 2016: Saint John of God Services opened the first mental health centre built in the capital, Lilongwe, Malawi.