Our Staff

Our Key Staff


Cyril has management experience in the voluntary, community and sporting settings for over 20 years. His management background began in the Leisure Management field but over the years he has migrated towards a more community-oriented role, in particular with vulnerable groups, and he feels this is where his skills are most suited.

Cyril has lots of experience working with such groups, most recently being employed as a Home Help Coordinator, along with other roles including Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Brothers of Charity and Clare Youth Service. His experience supporting and guiding individuals and groups with these previous roles played an important role in applying to work with Dóchas to continue supporting those most vulnerable in society.

He has a BSc. in Health, Fitness & Leisure (Hons) from IT Tralee, an M.A. in Health Promotion (Hons) from NUI Galway and MSc. in Strength & Conditioning (Hons) from Limerick Institute of Technology and the variety in these will contribute to a skillset that will benefit Dóchas activities. Cyril joined Dóchas in December 2020.


Key Responsibilities

  • Works with staff to ensure effective administration and management of all functions
    provides information and support to families and individuals with autism, and to the public.
  • Maintains co-ordination and good working relationships with all relevant external agencies, including HSE, multidisciplinary teams, and schools.
  • Ensures satisfaction of service users through consultation about the services provided.
  • Pursues funding opportunities to support the service and in preparing funding proposals.
  • Manages outward facing messaging related to Dóchas services including social media.
  • Ensures compliance with all safety policies and procedures.

Alan Meaney, Development Officer

Alan is from Limerick City and attended CBS Sexton Street.  From there undertook a variety of roles in the retail and hospitality sector.  He was subsequently employed by Flextronics Logistics as a Team Leader for 10 years.  In 2011 he joined Dóchas Midwest Autism Support and is currently the Development Officer, managing all the Social Interaction Clubs and the Parent & Toddler Group activities for the organization.  Alan has completed training in Children First, First Aid, Paediatric First Aid and Epilepsy Awareness in addition to having completed several training courses by Middletown Centre for Autism

The Development Officer is responsible for the smooth running of all Social Interaction Clubs, members health and safety and for development of all activities for the Clubs.


Key Responsibilities

  • Organising the Social Interaction Clubs and all activities associated
  • Reports to the Centre Manager
  • Direction of CE Scheme and Social Club Leaders and Volunteers
  • Ensures the club is a safe environment for all members
  • Manages the number of weekly Social Interaction Club members
  • Actively manages the Social Interaction Club waiting lists
  • Provides weekly status reports to Centre Manager
  • Manages the budget for all social club activities
  • Responsible for fundraising activities
  • Trained First Aider responsible for all First Aid with Dóchas

Rebekah Moran, Social Club Leader

Rebekah currently has 5 years’ teaching experience in post primary education, holding a B(Sc) Ed. in Biological Sciences with Chemistry from the University of Limerick since 2015.  She has worked with Dóchas since 2014, starting as a volunteer through her programme in UL, building a great rapport with both staff and club members.  During her time with Dóchas Rebekah has completed training in Children First, Paediatric First Aid and Epilepsy Awareness.  Rebekah organises club activities, including baking, cooking, arts and crafts, and Lego workshops.

The Social Club Leader is responsible for the smooth running of all Social Interaction Clubs, members health and safety and for development of activities as part of the clubs.


Key Responsibilities

  • Initiates and develops social activity projects for club members
  • Links with the Development Officer, club leaders and parents in the development of activity projects
  • Records and keeps account of the various projects and how they are progressing
  • Reports to Development Officer on their progress at timely intervals

Support Staff – Clubs

Luke Malone

Irene Keehan

Diarmuid Doherty

Charity Shop Staff

Anne O'Connor, Charity Shop Manager

Anne is the Manager of the Charity Shop for Dóchas Midwest Autism Support which supports people with Autism. Anne is a founder member of Dóchas Midwest Autism Support. Anne has been a catalyst for the delivery of services to people with Autism through her previous roles in the organisation.

Anne has a son with Autism.

The Charity Shop Manager is responsible for all aspects of managing the Dóchas Midwest Autism Support charity shop.


Key Responsibilities

  • Day to day running and management of the Dóchas Charity Shop
  • Reports to the Centre Manager
  • Management of retail assistants – CE scheme and volunteers
  • Cash management
  • Manage shop stock and organise layout of stock
  • Manage all aspects of health and safety in the shop and stock storage areas

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Dóchas Midwest Autism Support was established by parents in 1997 in response to the need for an organisation to represent the needs of people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Mid-West region. The charity supports children, young adults and their families.

14 Parnell Street, Limerick