Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services is managed by a Board of Directors.

The Board’s Responsibilities: 

Entrepreneurial Leadership

Providing effective leadership of the Hospice within a framework of prudent and effective controls.

Strategic Direction

Setting the strategic direction of the Hospice, in light of the ethos and values that underpin the organisation, as established by the Religious Sisters of Charity.


Approving, monitoring and reviewing organisational performance.

The Board Members:

Sean Benton

Sean-Benton---ChairpersonSean Benton has been Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2009.  During his Civil Service career he served as Director of Finance in the Department of Health and Commissioner and Chairman of the Office of Public Works.  Currently Sean is Chairman of the National Sports Campus Development Authority.

Michael Lyons

Michael-LyonsMichael Lyons holds an MSc (Econ.) from TCD.  He was formerly a Senior Official in the Department of Health  and served also as CEO of the former Eastern Regional Health Authority, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children respectively.  Michael is currently CEO of the ‘Towards Healing Counselling & Support Services’.

Dr. Brendan Clune

Dr-Brendan-CluneDr Brendan Clune has been working as a general practitioner in Ranelagh, Dublin 6 for some 25 years. He is an active member of the Irish College of General Practitioners and has a special interest in Care of the Elderly and in Student Health.

Teresa Harrington


Teresa Harrington is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. She was a partner with PwC until her retirement in June 2015. Since her retirement she been involved in advising a number of charities and not-for-profit organisations on accounting and financial reporting matters.

David Strahan

David-StrahanDavid J. Strahan is a Business Consultant.  He has experience of over thirty years in international marketing with the CTT/Irish Export Board, latterly as Overseas Director.  David was CEO of a major charitable organisation for seriously ill children for six years and he was also Director of Philanthropy Ireland, established by a leading group of Irish and international charitable trusts and foundations.

Dr. Joan Cunningham

Our Lady's Hospice and Care Services at Blackrock Hospice. Dr Joan Cunningham, Medical Director Blackrock Hospice Picture Fennell Photography / Fennell Photography Copyright 2013. Joan is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast and completed Specialist Training in Palliative Medicine in Ireland.  She has worked as a consultant in Palliative Medicine in Blackrock Hospice since 2007.  She was appointed Medical Director of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services in January 2016.


Sr. Angela Kelly

Sr.-Mary-Angela-KellyReligious Sister of Charity, member of the Provincial Leadership Team.

Mr. Stephen Walsh

Stephen-WalshStephen Walsh, who was a career banker for 40 years, retired from Bank of Ireland Private Banking in 2006. He is a consultant to a small number of high profile clients and serves as a non-executive director on a number of private and family boards, where he also acts as trustee. Stephen is currently Chair of the City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital Charity Board and a member of the Board of Directors of The Charles Institute of Dermatology, at UCD. He also continues to play an active role on a number of finance and investment committees in the not-for-profit sector.

Brian Murray

photo1A former Chief Executive Officer of the Dublin Dental University Hospital, member of the Postgraduate Medical and Dental Board and member and Vice President of the Dental Council of Ireland, he is presently a board member of St James’s Hospital and Treasurer of the Association for Dental Education in Europe.

Mary Rose Gearty

Mary Rose Gearty was born in Dublin and educated at Muckross Park College, University College Dublin, the King’s Inns and King’s College in London.  She commenced practice at the Bar in 1993 and became a senior counsel in 2009, specialising in criminal law.  Mary Rose has been an elected member of the General Council of the Bar of Ireland since 2010, and was a founding member of the Irish Criminal Bar Association.

Geraldine McSweeney

Geraldine-McSweeneyGeraldine McSweeney is a retired nurse who spent 27 years as a nurse tutor, six of them as Principal Tutor, at the Mary Aikenhead School of Nursing, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. She is a Founder Fellow of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Geraldine was a member of the International Executive Board of CICIAMS (the International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants) for many years and relinquished the role of Secretary General in September 2014.