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Autumn Newsletter – 2018

Autumn Newsletter – 2018

House of sunshine… a very special respite centre.


The fantastic work done by all the team at Suzanne House was highlighted by The Sunday Independent on August 6th. Celebrating how “staff know and truly understand the individual needs of each child“, clinical nurse manager, Niamh Cooney, was described as “genuinely caring” and “not just a manager who manages, she is really hands-on”.


For 30 years Suzanne House has been providing care, support and respite services for children with life limiting conditions and is “definitely a happy house, even though the temporary residents and their guardians face huge challenges”.

The piece shone a light on how “everyone involved in this crucial facility has to overcome obstacles on a round-the-clock basis, everything has to be done with integrity, dignity and love at all times”.

 To read the article in full please click here

St Mary of the Angels – Celebrating 50 years of care.

Kerry’s first residential centre for profoundly disabled children celebrated 50 years of ground breaking excellence as over 500 residents, families, supporters and friends of the service gathered on Tuesday July 17th to commemorate its Golden Jubilee.

Messages of congratulation were sent by former Presidents Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson.

“As St Mary of the Angels celebrates a big birthday it is impossible to quantify the debt Ireland owes its staff, supporters, fundraisers, donors and community. They brought light where there was darkness and hope where there was heartache”  –Mary McAleese

General Manager Claire O’ Dwyer spoke of how the tremendous support of the community, from 1969 right up to the present day, has been, and remains, vital to the service.

Mícheál Ó’ Muircheartaigh gave an inspired speech on the vision behind all past, present and future work at Saint Marys and planted an oak tree to symbolise growth for the future. Listen here

To read these messages of congratulation and for additional coverage of the celebrations, please visit our News and Events page at


Special Olympics Ireland Games

Huge congratulations to Ballyfermot Sports Club who participated in 4 days of non-stop action at this year’s Special Olympics Ireland Games from June 14th to 17th. Lisa Kelly’s gang did us all proud and we very much look forward to the next one.

Saint John of God supports service providers in the areas of intellectual disabilities, children and adolescent mental health and people living with dementia. To find out more about the range of services we provide click on the icons below to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.





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