021 428 9267   info@cranncentre.ie
021 428 9267   info@cranncentre.ie

About Us

Who we Serve

At the Crann Centre we work with all age groups (new-borns, 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.

The Crann Centre is located in a purpose built, fully-inclusive, bright modern building in Cork, which blends a learning and supportive care environment with a  welcoming family-centred ethos.

Our Vision

Our vision is an inclusive partnership which empowers children, teens and adults  living with a neuro physical disability along with their families to live their best lives.

Our Mission

Our mission is to implement an evidence based, best practice Model of Care that delivers meaningful outcomes for the children adults and families who use our services and that we continue to empower them throughout the whole of their lives.

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Our Values

Integrity: We believe in best practice and gathering evidence to validate our impact.

Courage: We support and promote independence in thought and actions.

Respect: We listen, encourage, and show gratitude for support, ideas, and inputs.

Curiosity: We value learning and exploration by providing reliable, accessible information for persons with a disability and their family.

Family led: Through our services we seek to empower families to live their best lives.

Inclusivity: We promote diversity and value varied cultures, and backgrounds, in our relationships and interactions.

Collaboration: We prioritise collaborations with like-minded individuals and organisations to develop the best services and supports.

Our Model of Care

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

We recognise this through our Model of Care (based on the Aspen Institute 2 Generation Model) by delivering a suite of services for individuals and their families, to support and enhance their lives.

Crann Model of Care

Our Services

Your needs, and those of your family, change and evolve as you move through life. Our services are delivered through six key themes, 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.

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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Carolyn Cotter

Carolyn Cotter

Client Services Coordinator

ccotter@cranncentre.ie / 085 8701656

Carolyn’s role in Crann makes her the first point of contact for service enquiries.

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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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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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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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