About The Cuisle Cancer Support Centre

The development of the Cuisle Cancer Support Centre was led by a local Hospital Consultant, Mr. Peter Naughton and a very active Board of Directors in 2004. Start-up funding was provided by Laois Hospice, Le Cheile and Laois Cancer Research, three local organisations with a strong commitment to improving cancer care in the region. Initially, the Cuisle Cancer Support Centre opened in rented premises. In 2007, the centre moved to a new, purpose-built premises, at its current location. The bulk of the funding for the new centre came from the local community through a variety of fundraising events. Annual support funding is generously aided by NCCP (National Cancer Care Programme), Irish Cancer Society, Laois Hospice, HSE, Laois County Council, National Lottery.

Annual running costs are in the region of €350,000 which is primarily funded by community fundraising. We could not do our work without this local support and we are hugely appreciative of it.  The Cuisle Cancer Support Centre provides emotional support to people affected by cancer including those who care for them, from the time of diagnosis, throughout their cancer journey. This gentle and caring support takes place in a confidential, professional, and non-judgmental environment.


To ensure nobody in our community feels alone while living with cancer.


To provide a comprehensive range of emotional support, survivorship, and rehabilitation services to those living with, through and beyond cancer in our community.

  • Accessible to everyone

  • Caring & empathetic

  • Professional & transparent

  • Patient & family focused

  • Outward Looking / Progressive / innovative

  • High quality services open to all who need them

Strategic Goals

  • To be recognised as a leading cancer support centre accredited by the NCCP

  • To improve the profile of the Cuisle Centre among target audiences

  • To improve income from donations sponsorships and grants

  • To build stronger partnerships with health care professionals and oncology departments to maximise referrals to the Cuisle Cancer Support Centre

  • To continually review the range of services and adjust services accordingly based on up-to-date evidence and the ever-changing patient needs.

  • To ensure best in class governance structures are in place

  • To continually develop human resources and organisational systems

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Meet Our Team

Our expert caring team are here to support and advise

MARY RUDDYCentre Manager

Board of Directors

A voluntary Board of Directors governs activity in the centre in achieving goals and optimising the use of all resources whilst ensuring high standards of transparency and accountability within necessary legislation and the Irish Charity Regulation guidelines. Our Board of Directors do not profit personally from their role and we very much appreciate their time and commitment. The Board meets on a quarterly basis or intermittently as necessary.

Position Name
Chairperson Niall Kavanagh
Secretary Antoinette Brennan
Medical Director Dr. John Connaughton
Treasurer Ciaran Conroy
Director Liz Meade
Director Liam McEvoy
Director Irene Murray
Director Ingrid Condell

If you would like to find out anymore information on the Cuisle Cancer Support Centre, please contact us on 057-8681492 or by email at: info@cuislecancersupport.ie