Meet our staff

Our Staff

So much of what we offer is because we have an amazing and dedicated group of staff. Everybody faces different challenges and you never know what someone is going through or how they are coping with life, unless you ask them and start a conversation about good mental well-being. Please take a look through their profiles and get to know them a little bit, before you call in.

Claire Flynn
Project Manager

Claire Flynn joined Limerick Mental Health Association as a part-time Project Co-Ordinator for the Le Chéile Peer Support Project in November, 2014. She became Project Manager of Le Chéile Peer Support Project in January 2016.

Claire's role is to oversee and manage the project. She reports directly to the Board of Limerick Mental Health Association.

She loves her job and feels very lucky to be in a role that she enjoys. Claire loves what she does as the main purpose is to reduce social isolation and to increase social inclusion. Claire returned to education in her 40’s and managed to get a Degree in Psychology and Media. Claire loves reading and meeting new people.

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Leona O'Callaghan
Office Administrator
Leona was delighted to join the team at Le Cheile as Office Administrator in February 2019.
She is passionate about mental health having her own lived experience with recovery and is a former member of Le Cheile.
Leona has over 15 years prior work experience in administration and accounts and is currently sitting her final exams to become a qualified accountant.
Leona knows how difficult but also how possible recovery from mental health difficulties can be so is delighted to work for an organization that promotes wellness and recovery in Limerick.
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Elisa O'Donovan
Community Development Worker

Elisa is delighted to be a part of the team as Community Development Worker. Elisa is a speech and language therapist in training and has many years experience working in health supports.  She is very passionate about supporting people in Limerick to have positive mental health experiences.  She has her own history of mental health struggles and hopes to use her own insight to support others facing similar issues.  She believes in building more supportive and connected communities throughout the city and county. She loves meeting new people and can be found most Saturdays mornings upstairs in the Milk Market with a hot chocolate!

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Sylvia Kiely
Project Worker

Sylvia is our Project Worker at Le Chéile. She has previous experience working in Residential Care and in therapeutic support for children and adolescents. She also has previous experience as an adult mental health recovery support worker. She has a B.A in Applied Social Studies and Social Care from L.I.T and a Postgraduate Diploma in Adult and Further Education from Mary Immaculate College.

Sylvia is passionate about mental health, wellness and recovery, especially through self expression and creativity, having been a member of Le Chéile’s creative writing group. Sylvia’s own recovery journey was strongly supported through her love of education and music, especially the guitar and drums. She has facilitated groups in mindfulness, personal effectiveness and care skills. She is delighted to join the team at Le Chéile.              

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Irene Lane
Peer Support Worker

Irene Lane comes to Le Cheile with a background in Art, Adult Education and Social Care. Diagnosed with a bipolar disorder in 2008, she has lived experience of how difficult it can be, to achieve a balanced life when one has a life-long, mental health condition. Most recently she has been working with ARIES (Advancing Recovery Ireland Education Service), delivering modules in recovery, at the acute units in Limerick and Ennis, from the perspective of a service user.

This month, Irene secured a bursary from the HSE & Genio, to pursue her studies in Peer Support at DCU. She is looking forward to her placement at Le Cheile, where she hopes to make friends, build working relationships, put theory into practice and develop the requisite skills for such a position.

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Aoife Dennehy
Peer Support Worker
Aoife Dennehy is a trainee peer support worker currently completing her studies in DCU.
She began as a volunteer in Le Cheile which she absolutely loved and feels extremely lucky to be joining the team as a member of staff. 
Aoife has an honours degree in Business and has also completed a course in Youth and Community Work.
She is very passionate about mental health and looks forward to using her past experiences as well as her current studies to help her to be effective new role.
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