Maria Goretti Foundation


From Luxembourg to Lordship

From Luxembourg to Lordship

From Luxembourg to Lordship we have gone international thanks to local woman Olive Cluskey Deasy originally from Castlebellingham, Co Louth.  Olive is a member of the Ireland stand, Luxembourg International Bazar where every December volunteers work for charitable causes.  In 2017, the Ireland stand in Luxembourg chose the Maria Goretti Foundation as its charity.  By selling Irish coffee, woollens and smoked salmon the Irish volunteers and their friends in Luxembourg raised an amazing €6,000 which we used to buy the specially adapted wheelchair swing in our sensory garden.  To Olive and all the team in Luxembourg we cannot express enough how much we appreciate this and thank you for taking us...

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Pride of Place – “Community Reaching Out” 2017 – Winners

Pride of Place – “Community Reaching Out” 2017 – Winners

Great News – We won…. It is with great pride I can announce that the Maria Goretti Foundation was the overall national winner in the ‘Community Reaching Out’ category at the recent Pride of Place Awards held in Letterkenny at the start of December. We are delighted to accept this award on behalf of, and in honour of the community who have showered us with support since we first opened our doors in 2014. We are also blessed to have the backing of the excellent staff from Rehabcare who are enthusiastic, highly professional and competent in caring for the precious children who are left in our care. Thanks to everyone for your continued...

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Donation of a floating beach wheelchair

Donation of a floating beach wheelchair

We would like to give a special word of thanks to Cathedral Financial Consultants Limited, Dundalk, Co Louth. We will be beach ready for next year, thanks to their kind donation of a floating beach wheelchair. This will mean we will be able to take our wheelchair users to the beach and even let them have a swim, this wouldn’t be possible without this piece of equipment. Now all we need is the sun to shine next summer!!! Cathedral Financial have been supporting our centre since we opened in 2014, we greatly appreciate your continued...

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Testimonials

“My son has severe autism, an intellectual disability and epilepsy. Our lives revolve around him because of his behavioural issues. Until he came here this year he had never spent a night away from me. I could never have asked someone to have him overnight – his behaviour is too challenging. I was very anxious when we came here first, as any mother would be. But Tomas is 12 and he needs some independence. From the first moment, the staff took away my concerns. They focused on Tomas and he didn’t have to fit into the service, they fit the service around him. It’s about the child. It’s person-centred and it’s a high quality service. It has saved me and my family. I can get a night’s sleep, I can spend quality time with my other son. I can breathe, safely knowing that Tomas is not only in safe hands, he is having a great time.”

“My son has Autism, intellectual disability and other issues. I’m with him all the time. I never have five minutes – wherever he is I am. He can’t be on his own at all. Respite really helps us as a family and he loves coming here. He gets so excited coming in the door. With this respite service we can have normal family life.”

“My son can lash out. It can be difficult for his sisters to be around him all the time. The respite gives us that break. The staff here are angels and always go that extra mile.  If we didn’t have the respite we wouldn’t be able to look after our child full time and he would require residential care.  The respite means our child can remain at home.”

“My daughter has Global Developmental Delay and is visually impaired.  When she goes to respite she gets a chance to meet other wee friends and have fun on her sleepover. We recharge the batteries and do activities with the rest of the family.  When she comes back to us we are re energised and in good form which she benefits from greatly.  The respite is so important to us.”

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Meet Our Amazing Team

Deirdre Quinn

Deirdre Quinn

Charlene Spencer

Charlene Spencer

Agnieszka Wojciechowska

Agnieszka Wojciechowska

Garrett Doyle

Garrett Doyle

Colin Savage

Colin Savage

Jonathon Emmans

Jonathon Emmans

Sascha Duffy

Sascha Duffy

Lisa Traynor

Lisa Traynor

Gillian Lynch

Gillian Lynch

Nuala Barry

Nuala Barry

Paddy Gill

Paddy Gill

Laura Ballentine

Laura Ballentine

Darragh Murtagh

Darragh Murtagh

Claire Dignan

Claire Dignan

Brian Kilboy

Brian Kilboy

Jana Joubert

Jana Joubert