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Who We Are

Registered Charity Number (RCN):   20016616

At Croí, our aim is to lead the fight against heart disease and stroke, with a particular focus on the West of Ireland. Our mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery & wellbeing.

Our work is funded from the proceeds of fundraising events, voluntary contributions and philanthropy. We are deeply grateful for the support and endorsement of our donors, supporters and volunteers who give so generously of their time and resources.

Our Vision

Our vision is to lead in the prevention of, control and recovery of cardiovascular disease and to serve as exemplars of innovation and best practice.

Our Mission

Our mission is to prevent heart disease and stroke, save lives, empower and support families, communities and future generations to take control of their health and well-being.

Meet The Croí Team

Neil Johnson
Neil Johnson
Chief Executive
Mark O'Donnell
Mark O'Donnell
Head of Foundation / Chief Operations Officer
Lizanne Dunleavy
Lizanne Dunleavy
Director of Finance / Human Resources
Dr. Lisa Hynes
Dr. Lisa Hynes
Head of Health Programmes / Health Psychologist
Annie Costelloe
Annie Costelloe
Patient & Community Engagement Manager
Bridget Cheasty
Bridget Cheasty
Health Team Administrator/Projects Coordinator
Maeve Frawley
Maeve Frawley
Heartlink West Nurse
Aisling Harris
Aisling Harris
Cardiac and Weight Management Dietitian
Caroline Costello
Caroline Costello
Physical Activity Specialist
Madeline Rabbitt
Madeline Rabbitt
Nurse Lead, Croí Third Age Mayo Project
Caroline Dermody
Caroline Dermody
Nurse Lead
Laura Walsh
Laura Walsh
Community Stroke Support Specialist
Paul Cunnane
Paul Cunnane
Project Coordinator, Croí Third Age Mayo Project
Jacqui Aupiais
Jacqui Aupiais
Executive Assistant/Operations Manager
Christine Flanagan
Christine Flanagan
Director of Fundraising
Lisa Pearson
Lisa Pearson
Fundraising Administrator
Richie Hynes
Richie Hynes
Events and Hospitality Coordinator
Emma Dillon-Leetch
Emma Dillon-Leetch
Communications Manager
Josephine Kelly
Josephine Kelly
Communications Coordinator
Lauren Coffey
Lauren Coffey
Communications Coordinator

Croí’s Work Involves:

  • Raising awareness on a local and national level about the risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
  • Developing and delivering education, prevention and healthy lifestyle programmes to individuals, families and communities.
  • Providing accredited education and training for healthcare professionals.
  • Delivering CPR and defibrillation training to the general public as well as Cardiac Life Support training for healthcare professionals.
  • Providing accommodation and support at the Croí Heart and Stroke Centre for the relatives of those receiving heart or stroke care at Galway University Hospitals.
  • Facilitating and collaborating in vital research in the areas of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.
  • Developing and testing innovative models of preventive and rehabilitative care.
  • Representing the voice of the patient and carer.
  • Supporting the development of heart and stroke services in the West of Ireland, in particular at the specialist centre at Galway University Hospital.

Croí’s Goals:

  • Build healthy communities through support, education and empowerment
  • Amplify the patient voice
  • Pursue the highest level of cardiovascular healthcare
  • Facilitate, participate and collaborate in vital research
  • Build capacity in preventive healthcare nationally through the National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health:
  • Engage with policy makers and healthy practitioners in pursuit of excellence in preventive healthcare
  • Develop innovative models of preventive care and service delivery
  • Produce a new generation of scholars and leaders in cardiovascular health and disease prevention
  • Align with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals by the year 2030 to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases, especially CVD, by one third.

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