About Us

Grace Healthcare provides outstanding residential care to residents within our six Fair Deal registered facilities across Dublin and Monaghan.

As one of Ireland’s leading nursing home groups, our mission is to offer residents the highest possible standards of care, ensuring they feel respected and part of a thriving community.

We believe that a caring home is a home that is connected to its community. Most of our residents come from the surrounding area and each of our homes bear the hallmarks of its unique neighbourhood culture, creating places where residents and their families feel they belong.

We know that choosing the right nursing home for a loved one can be challenging. We operate with empathy and compassion, helping families to make this transition as comfortably as possible.

Our model of care is always centred on the needs and desires of our residents. At Grace Healthcare, we work to make sure that they have what they need to feel at home and live fulfilling lives.

We champion to provide the best quality of life for our residents in their later years.

- Joe O’Donovan – CEO

Our Values


In everything we do, we put residents first, from integrating activities to ensuring a smooth transition into their new home.


We will always communicate sincerely and clearly with residents and their families.


We will always show the utmost respect for our residents and their families, ensuring their voices are heard and their individual needs are met.

Every so often you might encounter a wonderful experience; this is exactly what happened when my aunt Sinead took up residence at Oakwood Lodge. We were overwhelmed with the level of care, attention and love provided by the wonderful staff.

- Peter, Dublin

Our Leadership Team

Joe O’Donovan

Chief Executive Officer

Joe joined Grace Healthcare in 2019, as Chief Executive Officer and Registered Healthcare Provider Representative of all our homes. He brings his years of experience as Chief Financial Officer and then as CEO at Galway Clinic between 2005 and 2018, overseeing its development from start-up to one of Ireland’s leading private hospitals.

After completing a B.Sc. at University College, Cork, Joe qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001 with the international firm Arthur Andersen. He also holds a Master’s degree in Management with the Irish Management Institute and Trinity College, Dublin.

In addition to his role, Joe is a member of the Medical Council of Ireland and Chairperson of the Medical Council’s Audit, Finance and Risk Committee. He is also an external member of the Risk Management Group at the National University Of Ireland, Galway. He has also held the distinguished position of Chairperson of the Private Hospitals Association, which is the representative body for the country’s independent hospital sector.

Rioghnach Murphy

Chief Operations Officer

As Chief Operating Officer (COO), Rioghnach looks after the provision of service and care across all our facilities, including process improvement, policy and procedures, quality management and regulatory compliance. With a BSc in Nursing, a Diploma in PICU and a Masters in Healthcare Management, Rioghnach has over 20 years’ experience working in the healthcare sector both locally and internationally.

Since 2015, she has focused on working with older people. She has worked as both Director of Operations for an organisation assisting the nursing home sector with regulations and compliance. She has held the position of Head of Risk and Compliance for Bloomfield Health Services with both Older Persons services under HIQA and Mental Health Services under the Mental Health Commission.

Deborrah Brennan

Director of Nursing  - Tara Winthrop Private Clinic

Deborrah is the Director of Nursing and Peron in Charge at Tara Winthrop.

Deborrah has had an extinguished career as a Registered General Nurse  and in Senior management for over 25 years. Her core competencies have offered her valued experience previously as an Director of Nursing with Hamilton Park Care Facility and Assistant Director of Nursing with Tara Winthrop Private Clinic Limited.

Deborrah’s qualifications as registered general nurse extend to a Masters in Person-Centred Care (Older Person), General Diploma in Gerontology Nursing, Leadership Matters in Person Centre Dementia, First Line Management, Higher Diploma in Palliative Care & Oncology Nursing.  She has recently qualified as RNP Nurse prescriber.

Deborrah has been prominent founder and advocate for “Forget-me-Not Café”, a monthly resource for relatives and friends of people who have been diagnosed as having dementia.

Lyzander Rea

Director of Nursing  - Oakwood Lodge

Lyzander has over 10 years’ professional nursing experience across the areas of management, education, critical care and care of the elderly. He completed his Baccalaureate and holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health and Pyschiatric Nursing and is currently working on a doctorate in Development Education.

Lyzabder has held clinical and academic posts overseas, including the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and the UK. His areas of expertise include Nursing Education, Learning and Development, Nursing Quality and Nursing Infomatics.

Alice Thomas

Director of Nursing  - Terenure

Alice has been Director of Nursing since May 2016. With a BSc in Nursing and Certificates in Conflict Management and Supervisory Management, Alice brings a wealth of practical experience to her role. Her background includes a nine-year stint in Residential Services in Ireland, as well as roles working in the Intensive Care system in India.

Anitha Achuthan

Director of Nursing - Nephin

Anitha has over 10 years’ experience in the care of the elderly, including a previous position as Director of Nursing at Churchview for a number of years. Her experience is complemented by her BSc in Nursing and BSc Certificate in Nursing and Supervisory Management.

June Annesley

Director of Nursing  - St Gladys

June has a deep interest in dementia care and caring for the individual, an empathetic, person-centred approach she invests in her team. With a BSc in Nursing Management and post graduate diploma in Gerontology, June has been trusted with the position of Director of Nursing at three nursing homes.

Angela McNamee

Director of Nursing  - Castleross

Angela McNamee has over 30 years Nursing and Senior Staff management experience. Prior to joining the team at Castleross, Angela was the Director of Clinical Operations at Amana Healthcare in Abu Dhabi. In addition, Angela was previously the Director of Nursing and Midwifery Louth Meath Hospital Group where she had responsibility and accountability for all nursing/midwifery services ranging from recruitment/retention/clinical practice/governance and regulation. Angela has a BSc in Nursing Management /H-Dip  Coronary Care Nursing from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and an Msc. in Education and Management Training from Dublin City University.

Daniel Ryan

Group Financial Controller

Daniel is the Group Financial Controller of Grace Healthcare.  Daniel is ACCA qualified accountant and trained in the Grant Thornton Corporate Restructuring Team.  Prior to joining Grace Healthcare, Daniel spent three years within the finance team at Key Capital.

After completing a B.Sc. in Technological University Dublin, Daniel trained with Grant Thornton to complete his ACCA exams.  Daniel also holds an M.Sc. in Project Management from the UCD Michael Smurfit Business School.

Michelle Duffy

Operations Manager

With QQI Level 6 qualifications in Supervisory Management, Michelle has been Operations Manager since 2014, coordinating Bed Management and supervising a range of functions and duties that ensure the smooth day-to-day running of every home.