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About us

Reach Deaf Services is a non-profit charity enabling the Deaf Community and Deaf people generally to achieve their full potential and to have equality of access and opportunity in all aspects of their lives.

Reach Deaf Services focuses on the areas of education, social care, pastoral and spiritual work.

Our History

The Catholic Institute for the Deaf (CID) was established as a charitable institution in 1845.

In 2007, the name changed to the Catholic Institute for Deaf people (CIDP) and in September 2021 we rebranded as Reach Deaf Services.

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Archbishop Farrell, is the President of the company and appoints one third of the Board members, including the Chairperson.

Our key services include:

  • St. Joseph’s and St Mary’s Boarding Campus for Deaf Children, Cabra
  • St. Joseph’s Supported Living Services for Deaf and Deaf Blind Adults (formerly St Joseph’s House Residential Service)
  • The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People
  • Trustees of the Holy Family School for the Deaf

Reach Deaf Services is also associated with:

  • Pre-school for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

Reach Deaf Services is in receipt of funding from the Health Service Executive for the boarding campus accommodating children attending the specialised Holy Family School for the Deaf and for St. Joseph’s Supported Living Services, which support vulnerable Deaf and Deaf Blind adults living in their own homes. Reach Deaf Services directly manages these services and is the trustee of the Holy Family school. St Joseph’s Supported Living Services will have fully completed the de-congregation journey from St Joseph’s House Residential Service, Stillorgan, by end October 2021.

The National Deaf Village Sports and Leisure Company Limited, which now trades as the Inspire Fitness Centre, is a subsidiary company of Reach Deaf Services.

Meet the Team

CEO
Tara McBreen
Financial Controller
Declan Kenny
HR and Governance Manager
Mary Stringer
Data Protection Officer
Darren Byrne
Head of Adult Services
Linda Tierney
Head of Boarding Care
Claire Bowe
Property and Facilities Manager
Paul Ryder
Social Media and Administration Officer
Alan Smyth
CEO
Tara McBreen
Financial Controller
Declan Kenny
HR and Governance Manager
Mary Stringer
Data Protection Officer
Darren Byrne
Head of Adult Services
Linda Tierney
Head of Boarding Care
Claire Bowe
Property and Facilities Manager
Paul Ryder
Social Media and Administration Officer
Alan Smyth