About Us

Who we are

Modern life is busy and complicated.

For people with neuro-physical disabilities, life’s challenges can be even more difficult.

Crann exists to help you thrive.

Inspired by the tree of life, we’re a trailblazing charity committed to helping you and your family find your best way forward.

Thanks to our world-leading model of care, we develop personalised solutions to deliver ground-breaking, seamless services that every member of your family needs to flourish.  

We are committed to be at the forefront of innovation and global best-practice with the services we offer  online and in person at our amazing, purpose-built and fully accessible facility, playground and conservation area. 

Solving the things that get in the way of everyday life, from incontinence to mobility.

With lifelong life-changing support, we’ll cultivate your confidence so you can live your life, your way, in your community.

Let’s grow together.

Why we exist

We imagine a world where families living with neuro-physical disabilities can flourish, thanks to seamless support and an inclusive society.

What we do

We create personalised solutions for people living with neuro-physical disabilities. At our purpose-built, and fully accessible facility, we will help you and your family flourish as we move through life together.

Who are our clients

We work with all age groups (newborns, children, teens, adults) and their families living with a neuro physical disability.

Our services are focused on, but not limited to, people who have Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Childhood Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury.

A boy and a girl, both around 5 years old, running in the field holding flowers. Their father is in the background in his wheelchair with their dog.

Our Values

We’re team players. Because we’ll achieve more by working together. With you and your family.

By seeking out partnerships and embracing collaboration.

We’re a friendly bunch with a positive attitude. We’re kind-hearted by nature. A smile goes a long way. We give everybody a warm welcome, respecting that everybody is unique.

Championing equality, diversity and inclusion.

We exist to transform services and society for people living with neuro-physical disabilities.

We base our services on a world-class model of care.

We don’t see problems; we see ways to overcome them. Onwards and upwards. We’ll forge a way forward with holistic family support.

Creating new services and changing attitudes.

Our Model of Care

People with a disability live in families and everyone within that family experiences life differently.

We recognise this through our world-leading Model of Care (based on the Aspen Institute 2 Generation Model) by delivering personalised solutions for you and every member of your family throughout the different stages of your life. 

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Our Services

Your needs, and those of your family, change and evolve as you move through life. Our services are delivered through six key service areas, allowing for supports that can target one aspect of your life, or approached holistically to support a broad range of needs.

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Services are offered in house at the Crann Centre, or remotely on location. We also offer a range of online services for individuals and groups.

Our services enable better health and wellbeing for adults, children and their families, empowering them to participate in work or education, social activities and in their community.

We collaborate locally, nationally and internationally to ensure that children, adults and families have access to the best information, innovative services and can be signposted to other agencies in our network who can provide additional supports.

Our Board of Directors blends the experience of parents of children with a neuro physical disability , Health Service professionals, business, philanthropy and third level professionals to effectively govern the Crann Centre in line with best practice and statutory requirements.

Sustainable Development Goals

Crann is proud to be working toward several of the Global Sustainable Development Goals’ targets.

According to the UN, “Sustainable development calls for concerted efforts towards building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future for people and planet.” 

Board Members
Junior Board

Padraig Mallon


pmallon@cranncentre.ie / 0858701624

For the past 17 years he has worked at a leadership level in the not for profit sector.

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Colette Cahill

Head of Services

ccahill@cranncentre.ie / 0858704157

Originally from Wexford she moved to Cork over 12 years ago and has set down roots.

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Caroline Kiely

Executive Coordinator

ckiely@cranncentre.ie / 0858701616

Caroline worked at Hammersmith Hospital, London as a nurse’s aide, in addition to working with SANEline.

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Eimear Daly

Programme Manager- Health and Continence

edaly@cranncentre.ie / 0858701663

Eimear Daly brings a wealth of nursing experience to Crann.

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Justin Farrell

Fundraising Manager

jfarrell@cranncentre.ie / 085 8804679

From the west of Ireland originally, Justin is our Fundraising Manager and joined Crann in June 2021.

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Kate Jarvey


Kate Jarvey

Founder and Board Chair

Kate has had a lifelong involvement in philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector.

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Brian Coleman


Brian Coleman

Honorary Treasurer

Brian Is the Chair of the Crann Centre Audit Risk and Compliance Sub-Committee.

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Annette Cotter


Annette Cotter

Company Secretary

Annette has worked in the HSE, in a number of different areas, for over 20 years.

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Tadhg Buckley


Tadhg Buckley


Tadhg was a key member of the project team which established the Crann Centre.

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Arthur Comyn


Arthur Comyn


Arthur is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Crann Centre.

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Mary O'Grady


Mary O’Grady


Mary has worked in the field of disability, rehabilitation, and education for over 30 years.

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Cleo Yates


Cleo Yates


Before coming to Ireland Cleo specialized in Child protection, Mental Health and Criminal Justice.

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Alan Goggin


Alan Goggin


Alan is an experienced Finance Director with a history of working across a range of industries.

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Ciara O'Neill - Chairperson of Junior Board


Ciara O’Neill


Ciara is currently a Theatre and Drama student in CIT Cork School of Music.

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Ciara Buckley

Vice-Chair – Age 19

During quarantine, I have been spending my time with family and catching up with college work.

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Caoimhe Cotter

Treasurer – Age 21

I’m currently in 3rd year studying for a Commerce Degree in University College Cork.

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Grace Furlong

Age 21

Grace is currently in the final year of her Degree studying Geography and Sociology at UCC.

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