(01) 536 7330 info@sageadvocacy.ie

People

Sage has a core of paid staff who are supported by trained volunteers. Our key task is to develop regional teams of people capable of tackling everything from the most simple support tasks to the most complex advocacy challenges in every care setting.

We collaborate where possible and challenge where necessary.

Executive Group

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Mervyn Taylor

Executive Director

Mervyn Taylor

Executive Director

Prior to joining Sage, Mervyn was Director of M.S. Ireland, CEO of the MS Care Foundation, Manager of Planning & Organisation with the National Social Service Board (now Citizens Information Board), and European Development Manager for a consortium of IT companies.  

From 2006 - 2012, Mervyn was Manager of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Programme and from 2009 was Project Manager for the Forum on End of Life and of its flagship project 'Think Ahead'. He also managed the pilot project for the HFH Programme at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, from 2004-2006, which won a Taoiseach's Public Service Excellence Award.

He is currently a member of the Council of the Forum on End of Life and a Director of the Fourth Age Trust. Mervyn holds a BA and MSc (Community Health) from Trinity College Dublin, has studied Creativity & Innovation with the Open University and Leadership with Cranfield University School of Management.

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Michelle Rooney

Service Manager / Assistant Executive Director

Michelle Rooney

Service Manager / Assistant Executive Director

Since joining Sage in 2014 Michelle has held several roles, and currently is the Service Manager / Asst. Executive Director. Prior to this Michelle worked on Special Projects, including resource and training development relating to the ADM (Capacity) Act 2015 and related legislation, development support, and was involved in issue based research. Michelle was formerly responsible for coordinating the development of the legal and financial resources and competencies within Sage and prior to that held the Education, Training and Support Coordinator role responsible for the recruitment of Sage Representatives and coordinating the delivery of training and support.

Prior to joining Sage, Michelle worked as an Information and Advocacy Officer with Crosscare Migrant Project. Michelle was the Project Coordinator with Mayo Intercultural Action from 2009 to 2013, and she worked as an Information and Advocacy Officer with the Refugee Information Service from 2004 to 2008. Michelle has worked in the charity sector since 2004. She has worked in the implementation of community development initiatives, the provision of information, advocacy and support services, and delivery of education and training. Michelle holds a BA in Psychology and a LLM in International Human Rights Law from NUI Galway.

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Mary Warren

Operations / Governance / Administration

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(01) 536 7336 – (086) 174 5130

mary.warren@sageadvocacy.ie

Mary Warren

Operations / Governance / Administration

As service administrator Mary is responsible for overseeing administrative systems for Sage. Prior to joining the organisation, Mary worked for Lisney in Property Management and Fixed Charge Receivership. She was also the Executive Assistant to the Managing Director.

Mary previously worked in financial services and has several years’ customer service and administration experience. She has participated in a number of mentor programmes and in research of the use of precision teaching in schools.

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Paula Bruen

Financial Controller

Paula Bruen

Financial Controller

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Communications & Research (Vacant)

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Information & Support Service

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Lara Gallagher

Information & Support Coordinator

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01 5367323 / 086 142 7897

lara.gallagher@sageadvocacy.ie

Lara Gallagher

Information & Support Coordinator

Lara Gallagher

Information & Support Coordinator

Lara is the Data Protection Officer with Sage and provides information on the General Data Protection Regulation and guidance to staff and volunteers on the processing and storage of data.  Her role also involves the support of volunteers, ICT management & Administration, and support in Research & Development. 

Previous to this, Lara worked in the voluntary and community sector for almost 20 years as a Project Worker with Tallaght Intercultural Action, Dublin AIDS Alliance and then the SAOL Project.  Her work focused on social inclusion, improving access to services, advocacy and support, and community development. Becoming an accredited psychotherapist in 2013, Lara held a Clinical Coordinator position in Living Life Counselling Centre where she carried out clinical assessments with clients and managed volunteer counsellors. 

Lara holds a BA (Hons) Psychology from UCD, HDip Community & Youth Work from NUI Maynooth and MSc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy from DCU.

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Fergal Graham

Information & Support Assistant

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01 5367330 / 087 607 2864

fergal.graham@sageadvocacy.ie

Fergal Graham

Information & Support Assistant

Fergal graduated with a B.A (Hons) in Social Care from Waterford Institute of Technology in 2006 and has worked in different areas of social care since then.

Fergal has worked for a variety of organisations including Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Focus Ireland and Caranua in the areas of residential childcare, supporting family carers, adult disability, housing support and institutional abuse.

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Lisa O'Connor

Information & Support Assistant

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01 5367330 / 087 351 1421

lisa.oconnor@sageadvocacy.ie

Lisa O'Connor

Information & Support Assistant

Lisa’s role as Information and Support Assistant involves providing an information and support service to callers to Sage and to assist in the development and coordination of the support services of Sage Advocacy in relation to both general and patient advocacy.

Prior to joining Sage, Lisa worked for three years for the Dublin based charity Friends of the Elderly, working as their older persons contact coordinator. Lisa has recently completed a MSc in Occupational Therapy in Queen Margaret University Edinburgh. She also holds a BA in History and Human Development from Dublin City University.

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Mary Condell

Legal Adviser

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01 536 7330 / 086 130 2322

mary.condell@sageadvocacy.ie

Mary Condell

Legal Adviser

Mary Condell BCL, Solicitor, MA (Mediation and Conflict Intervention), is a practicing solicitor and mediator. Before becoming legal advisor to Sage Advocacy, a support an advocacy service for vulnerable adults older people and healthcare patients she spent many years in private practice advising vulnerable adults.

She is co-founder and former chair of Solicitors for the Elderly in Ireland and a member of the NDA expert group preparing draft Codes for the Decision Support Service. She is also a member of Disability Lawyers Rights Network. 

She teaches at MA level in NUI Maynooth, and for Sage and the Law Society on, inter alia, the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 and its practical application for professionals and others dealing with vulnerable adults.

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Róisín O'Leary

Patient Advocacy Coordinator

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01 536 7330 / 085 2572430

roisin.oleary@sageadvocacy.ie

Róisín O'Leary

Patient Advocacy Coordinator

Prior to joining Sage Advocacy Roisin spent seven years working for Patient Focus, a National Patient Advocacy organisation. As a Patient Advocate her role involved assisting people who had issues with the care they received in the Irish Health Care System to get resolution. She also provided advocacy support to a number of groups over the years such as the patients of Michael Neary in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, the women who underwent Symphysiotomies in Irish Hospitals and more recently the families affected by the issues in Portlaoise Maternity Unit.

Roisin represents patients on a number of different groups and committees. She is a member of the Public Involvement Panel for Implementing the recommendations for the Dr Gabriel Scally Scoping Inquiry into Cervical Check. She was also an Advisory Group Member for HIQA and the Mental Health Commission’s National Standards for the Notification and Management of Patient Safety Incidents.

Roisin holds a BA in History and Sociology from Maynooth University and a Masters in Sociology from UCD.

Northern Team

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Renee Summers

Regional Manager (North)

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01 536 7330 / 086 042 1953

renee.summmers@sageadvocacy.ie

Renee Summers

Regional Manager (North)

As Regional Manager, Renee is responsible for monitoring and auditing the quality and standard of practice within Sage’s caseload in the North of the country, as well as supporting the ongoing development of policy and practice within Sage, in our work with vulnerable adults and older people across Ireland.  Renee was previously a Regional Coordinator for Dublin Southeast and Wicklow and managed a small caseload in this area. 

Prior to joining Sage, Renee worked as a Medical Social Worker on the Medicine for the Elderly team in St. Vincent’s University Hospital and worked as an administrator in various medical settings across Dublin.  Originally from Chicago, Renee worked as a Peer Advocate in Roosevelt University Chicago, where she earned her BA in Psychology and worked as an administrator in New York University and the University of Michigan and also taught English as a second language in Seoul, South Korea. 

Renee holds a BA in Psychology from Roosevelt University, a Higher Diploma in Social Policy from University College Dublin and a Masters in Social Work from Trinity College Dublin. 

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Bibiana Savin

Regional Coordinator, Dublin South-West & Kildare

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01 536 7330 / 086 027 0012

bibiana.savin@sageadvocacy.ie

Bibiana Savin

Regional Coordinator, Dublin South-West & Kildare

Originally from Romania, Bibiana has lived in Ireland since 2003 and has worked as a Manager in the health and fitness industry for almost a decade. Prior to joining Sage she engaged in numerous voluntary projects at community level in the South Dublin area, acting in a variety of roles, such as Campaign Assistant, Event Coordinator, Public Relations Officer and Advocate. 

Bibiana has obtained qualifications in Social Work & Theology (1998), Business Studies (2006) and Information, Advice & Advocacy Practice (2015). She also holds a BSc (Hons) in Sociology & Political Theory from Al. I. Cuza University (2002) and a Master of Social Science (Human Rights & Social Policy) from Maynooth University (2015).

Bibiana is a Secretariat member of the Social Inclusion Pillar in South Dublin County Public Participation Network since 2016 and in December 2018 joined the PPN National Advisory Group.

Bibiana is a member of  the Irish Hip Fracture Governance Committee in National Office of Clinical Audit as a Public/Patient Representative since December 2017 and is also a member of the UCD PPI Ignite Executive Committee  since February 2019.

Bibiana is a member of the Irish Gerontological Society and her main areas of interest are Advocacy, Social Gerontology, Community Development and Qualitative Social Research.

We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the Dublin South West & Kildare area throughout 2019.

Eileen Beechinor

Esther Cosgrove

Kathrine Dargan

Denis Dennehy

Martina Dennison

Brigid Doherty

Marion Dunne

Carmel Gartland

Marian Hanrahan

David Hilliard

Mary Hilliard

Eileen Maher

Martina Mooney

Brendan Moran

John Morris

John Murray

Carmel O'Connor

Donal O’Kelly

Ann O’Riordan

Catherine Plunkett

Brian Sheridan

Lindiwe Sindane

Michelle Spellissy

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Helen Fitzgerald

Regional Coordinator, Dublin North

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01 536 7335 – 086 130 2712

helen.fitzgerald@sageadvocacy.ie

Helen Fitzgerald

Regional Coordinator, Dublin North

Prior to being appointed as a Regional Coordinator with Sage, Helen was Recruitment, Information & Compliance Coordinator and Data Protection Officer with Sage; which involved the recruitment and retention of volunteers, ICT management & Administration, and support in Research & Development.   As Data Protection Officer Helen provided information on the General Data Protection Regulation and guidance on the processing of data. Before this time Helen was Administrator with Sage and was responsible for overseeing administrative & ICT systems.

Before joining Sage, Helen worked as service coordinator with Crosscare services for older people in Dublin North, coordinating the befriending, plate pals, the league, and appointment companion’s services.

Helen holds an MSc in Applied Psychology from Dublin Business School, a BA in Psychology from NUI Maynooth, and has qualifications in Information, Advice and Advocacy Practice and Community & Health Services. Helen is certified in data protection & excel, and has training in CRM management, online writing, safeguarding vulnerable adults & volunteer management.

We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the Dublin North area throughout 2019.

Liam Campbell

Boun Chun

Mary Davoren

Bernie Dowling

Ciaran Feighery

Philip Gargan

Liam Hughes

Brenda King

Livia Lavin

Brid Leahy/Ni Laochdha

Anna Lloyd

Rosie Lucero

Patricia Madden

Ann Marron

Niamh O’Connor

Evelyne Phelan

Brendan Rowley

Mary Russell

Irina Spangenberg

Sabrina Sullivan

Kemi Tunmbi

Suzanne Van Rooyen

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Ann Griffin

Regional Coordinator, North-West

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01 536 7330 / 087 054 5005

ann.griffin@sageadvocacy.ie

Ann Griffin

Regional Coordinator, North-West

Prior to joining Sage, Ann was actively engaged with the Third Age National Advocacy Programme since 2010. Ann was responsible for hands-on delivery of advocacy services and the management of a team of volunteer advocates in Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon, and Sligo. Ann was office manager of a Care in the Community facility which involved assessing the needs of clients in their own homes to develop and provide appropriate care packages.

Anne also held the post of Welfare Director of a sheltered employment facility providing advocacy and support services to thirty clients with intellectual and physical disability.

Ann has completed a Certificate in Advocacy with the National College of Ireland, Volunteer Management Training Certificate with Volunteer Centres Ireland and a certificate in Management Skills for Managers of Advocacy Services, I.T. Blanchardstown.

We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the North West area throughout 2019.

Maria Corrigan

Kevin Montgomery

Nini Murray

Phyl O’Connor

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Maureen Finlay

Regional Coordinator, North-East

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01 536 7330 / 086 183 1427

maureen.finlay@sageadvocacy.ie

Maureen Finlay

Regional Coordinator, North-East

Prior to joining Sage, Maureen was a Development Officer with Age Action in Meath. She was responsible for implementing the National Advocacy Programme (later to become the Third Age National Advocacy Programme). Maureen was responsible for managing and providing supervision and support to advocates placed in nursing homes across Meath and Louth. In addition, she developed the first befriending programme for Meath nursing homes, recruiting and training a new team of befrienders.

Prior to this, Maureen worked for nine years for the Citizen’s Information Service, initially as an Information Officer and later as an Advocacy Resource Officer for the North East.

As a trained advocate, Maureen represented clients at Employment Appeals Tribunals, the Labour Court, HSE/Social Welfare and Equality Appeals and the Family Law Court.

We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the North East area throughout 2019.

Lily Douglas

Bridget Ennis

Emer Gillen

Gabrielle Kelly

Johnboy Molloy

Breda Murphy

Willie Rattigan

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Trish Martyn

Regional Coordinator, West

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01 536 7330 / 086 183 1429

trish.martyn@sageadvocacy.ie

Trish Martyn

Regional Coordinator, West

Prior to joining Sage, Trish worked with a community project in inner city Galway until 2014. Trish was responsible for the provision of support services to all sections of the local population. Trish previously spent 15 years working with the Lifestart Foundation, a parent-directed child-centred learning programme; supporting parents in home, community and centre based settings.

Trish holds a BA in Community and Family Studies.

We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the Western region throughout 2019.

Carmel Brady

Teresa Connolly

Mairead Conroy

Mary Finan

Deirdre Murphy

Linda Murphy

John Naughton

Gearóid Ó’Riain

Patrica Riordan

Karen Skillington

Claire Stewart

Martin Sweeney

Patricia Tully

Tom Walsh

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Emer Meighan

Regional Coordinator, Midlands

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01 536 7330 / 086 183 6208

emer.meighan@sageadvocacy.ie

Emer Meighan

Regional Coordinator, Midlands

Prior to joining Sage, Emer worked as a Development Officer with The Irish Hospice Foundation. Emer worked on ‘A Journey of Change’ programme which was designed to improve end-of-life care in nursing homes and residential settings, she worked on the ‘Hospice Friendly Hospitals’ programme which seeks to ensure that end of life, palliative and bereavement care is central to the everyday business of hospitals and the ‘Design & Dignity’ programme which transforms the way hospital spaces are designed for people at the end of life and their families.

Before joining The Irish Hospice Foundation Emer worked for a number of years with adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. She worked as independent creative arts psychotherapist for a number of organisations on a freelance bases and was responsible in supporting people to reflect on their own lives and support them self-advocate.

Emer holds a Masters of Drama-psychotherapy from NUI Maynooth, a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts in Healthcare Settings, Adult and Community Education from NUI Maynooth and a BA of Sociology & Linguistics from UCD

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Anne O'Shea Clarke

Regional Coordinator, North-East

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01 536 7330 / 087 627 5677

anne.osheaclarke@sageadvocacy.ie

Anne O'Shea Clarke

Regional Coordinator, North-East

Anne joined Sage in October 2018 and is currently undertaking an Advanced Social Studies Course at Sallynoggin College, QQI Level 6 Information, Advice and Advocacy.

Anne has been an advocate in a personal capacity with Huntington’s Disease Association of Ireland (A neurological, hereditary, debilitating condition) for a number of years, being involved at community level, along with in hospital and Hospice settings. Anne has also worked together with the Neurological Alliance of Ireland and Mental Heath Ireland on an ongoing basis.  She also worked as a Healthcare support worker in a Nursing Home in Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex in England and more recently on a voluntary basis in St Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park working with vulnerable and older people.      

We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the Midlands region throughout 2019.

Marie Carberry

Marie Connellan

Patrick McCabe

Rita McDonnell

Mary Daly

Southern Team

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Eileen O'Callaghan

Regional Manager (South)

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01 536 7330 / 085 836 2988

eileen.ocallaghan@sageadvocacy.ie

Eileen O'Callaghan

Regional Manager (South)

Prior to joining Sage, Eileen was Senior Programme Coordinator with the Irish Pastoral Centre in Boston. Eileen was responsible for the operation of a large social services outreach programme for Irish and Irish Americans in the greater New England area. In Boston, Eileen was co-founder of Dóchas Mass, a Suicide Prevention Coalition for the prevention of suicide and self-harm in the Irish community in New England.

Eileen has held Social Work posts in a variety of settings; from Children and Family Services (now Túsla) in Donegal, to working with older adults in a variety of community settings, and HIV positive youths in Chicago.

Eileen holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from NUI Galway and a BA of Social Science from UCC.

 

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Ana Reynolds

Regional Coordinator, Dublin South-East & Wicklow

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01 536 7330 / 087 971 9634

ana.reynolds@sageadvocacy.ie

Ana Reynolds

Regional Coordinator, Dublin South-East & Wicklow

Prior to joining Sage as a Regional Coordinator, Ana Reynolds worked as a Service Coordinator and Transition Coordinator with Cheshire Ireland, overseeing the decongregation of a residential unit and developing the services of individuals living with brain injuries and physical disabilities of moving from residential care to living in local communities.

Before that Ana worked in HSE Older Person services as frontline healthcare staff and was a team lead on an award winning Focus on Dementia project in St. Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix Park.

Ana holds a B.Soc Science degree in Sociology and Social Policy from NUI Maynooth, and is a qualified as a psychotherapist, completing her studies in the Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychology.  

We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the Dublin South East & Wicklow region throughout 2019.

Lillian Buchanan

John Casey

David Clarke

Tom Clarke

Susan Comerford

Deirdre Doherty

Pat Fullam

James Gavin

Helen Gorman

Eabha Harper McKeever

Jennifer Kidd-Keating

Bill Lloyd

Jim Milton

Mary Muddiman

Vidah Ngalinda

Barry O’Brien

Bernadette O’Regan

William Slattery

Maura Thornhill

Andrew Whelan

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Elaine Howley

Regional Advocate, Dublin South-East & Wicklow

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01 536 7330 / 086 818 2405

elaine.howley@sageadvocacy.ie

Elaine Howley

Regional Advocate, Dublin South-East & Wicklow

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Michael Cahillane

Regional Coordinator, Kerry & Cork West

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01 536 7330 / 087 747 9512

michael.cahillane@sageadvocacy.ie

Michael Cahillane

Regional Coordinator, Kerry & Cork West

Prior to joining Sage, Michael was an Advocate in West Kerry Community Hospital and the Development Officer for the Third Age National Advocacy Programme in Kerry. He was responsible for the planning, development and delivery of the advocacy service to those living in residential care. Michael worked with Nursing Homes, Health Service Executive (HSE), Health Information Authority (HIQA), and other relevant agencies to ensure the successful provision of the service.

Michael has a strong background in the voluntary sector, working with volunteers in a variety of projects. Michael studied Advocacy at the National College of Ireland and at The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Dublin.

We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the Southern region throughout 2019.

Mary Casey

Kay Costello

Ann Desmond

Vivien Dooge

Susan Doyle

Susie Elliott-Travers

Aileen Heaphy

Helen Mackessy

Kara Madden

Margaret Moriarty

Brigid O’Brien

Edel O’Connor

Sile O’Connor

Cathrine O’Shea

Gillian O’Sullivan

Ann Sheehan

Kathryn Sheenhan

Dan Tomas

Kathy Watts

Margaret Williams

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Patricia O'Dwyer

Clinical Lead and Regional Coordinator Cork City & Cork East

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01 536 7330 / 087 997 4399

patricia.odwyer@sageadvocacy.ie

Patricia O'Dwyer

Clinical Lead and Regional Coordinator Cork City & Cork East

Prior to joining Sage Patricia was an independent Public Health Nursing Consultant and managed a number of projects ranging from a national review of the public health nursing service to the preparation of fitness to practise reports for the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and medico legal expert reports for the Courts. Patricia previously worked as a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery University College Cork and spent 20 years working as a nurse in a variety of settings in a number of countries overseas.  

Patricia is a registered general nurse, midwife, public health nurse and holds MSc Nurse Education (UCC) and a BCL (UCC).

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Lorraine Dolan

Regional Coordinator, Mid-West

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01 536 7330 / 087 988 6738

lorraine.dolan@sageadvocacy.ie

Lorraine Dolan

Regional Coordinator, Mid-West

Lorraine graduated from Carlow College in 2001 having completed Applied Social Studies in Social Care. Lorraine commenced employment in the disability sector and following this spent many years in the area of High Support Residential Care in the Carlow/Kilkenny area.

Following this, Lorraine established the childcare service of the Amber Women’s Refuge in Kilkenny for Women and children affected by Domestic Violence. Lorraine completed training in a number of areas; Addiction Studies, Parenting facilitation, Auricular Acupuncture, which led to the implementation of alternative therapies in a number of settings within which Lorraine worked.

In 2008 Lorraine went on to establish a Family Support Project in Templemore for Tipperary Regional Youth Services. In 2015 Lorraine established the Youth Justice Project in Southill, Limerick, which still continues to enhance the lives of young people who have come to the attention of the law.

Following this Lorraine worked for a time on a consultancy basis with North Tipperary Community Services in developing and delivering a variety of programmes for both teenagers and parents around challenging issues that were impacting on their lives. Prior to commencing employment with Sage as Regional Coordinator for the Midwest, Lorraine was Family Carer Support Officer for Family Carers Ireland covering North Tipperary and Clare.

We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the Midwest region throughout 2019.

Anna Kelly

Neil Kelly

Rebecca Kelly

Mary Kennedy

Seamus Reidy

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Martina Durkan

Regional Advocate, South-East

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01 536 7330 / 085 862 3585

martina.durkan@sageadvocacy.ie

Martina Durkan

Regional Advocate, South-East

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Caroline Hanley

Regional Coordinator, South-East

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01 536 7330 / 086 172 4444

caroline.hanley@sageadvocacy.ie

Caroline Hanley

Regional Coordinator, South-East

Caroline began working with Sage in June 2016.

Caroline worked for over 10 years in Boston for an Employee Assistance Program where she coordinated drug testing, mental health and substance abuse services for employees of large construction unions and their families. She also has many years’ experience as a home care worker for the elderly, both in private residences and assisted living facilities.

Since returning from Boston in 2014, Caroline worked as a Family Carer Support Officer for Family Carers Ireland in Wexford. While there she established a Volunteer Befriending program, coordinated respite care for the elderly and developed support groups and training for family carers.

Caroline completed a BA in Public and Social Policy and a Higher Diploma in Health Promotion both at NUIG and a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Services at the University of Massachusetts. Caroline became a volunteer Sage Representative in 2015.

We would like to thank the volunteers below wholeheartedly for their commitment and work with us in the South East area throughout 2019.

Antoinette Carberry

Tina Corcoran

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