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DEPARTURE OF DEIRDRE O’NEILL CARDIAC CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST 

We wish to inform our members of the resignation of Cardiac Clinical Psychologist, Deirdre O’Neill, who has operated the Family Psychology Support Service on behalf of Heart Children Ireland for the past ten years.

Deirdre has informed us that she is moving on to pastures new. We recognise the huge loss of her professional expertise to our members and appreciate the guidance and support she has provided in the last decade. Deirdre will continue to work with current clients until her departure at end of February 2022. However, she will not be accepting any new referrals.

Deirdre’s unique skill set, crafted over many years working in the cardiac medical speciality, both in Crumlin Hospital and with Heart Children Ireland, will be difficult to replace. However, we will work to restructure our Family Psychology Support Service for members and would ask you to bear with us through this time of change for the organisation.

We wish Deirdre every success in her next venture and thank her for her contribution to Heart Children Ireland.

A message to members from Deirdre O’Neill:

Dear Heart Children Ireland members,
After 10 extraordinary years working with Heart Children Ireland, I want to let you all know that I will be moving on to new ventures in Spring 2022. In 2011 when the Psychology Service started, little did I imagine that I would offer family meetings in the 26 counties over the following years. From Family Support Days in Donegal and Waterford, to parenting groups in Carlow and Galway, clinics in Cork and school visits in Louth and Kerry, it has been a truly incredible journey.
 
I would like to thank all those members who made invaluable contributions along the way (for example, in the groups and at Support days). I would also like to thank all the current and previous Board members, Margaret Rogers, previous CEO, and Linda Hogan, Administrator, for their unfailing support over the years. Under the new leadership of Sheila Campbell, I hope that Heart Children Ireland goes from strength to strength.
 
While I am very excited about my future plans, I know that I will miss working with Heart Children Ireland members … a lot! It has been a privilege to work with so many of you across the last decade. You have touched my life in such a profound way. I wish you all well and hope that the years ahead are kind to you.
 
Kindest regards,
Deirdre.

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