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Cara Cheshire House

Contact Details

Manager: Helen Rourke
Address: Phoenix Park, Chapelizod, Dublin 20
Tel: 01 671 2944
Fax: 01 671 6496
Email: helen.rourke@cheshire.ie


Cara Cheshire House was built in 1974 as the first purpose-built Cheshire home in Ireland. It is located in the grounds of the Phoenix Park in a quiet landscaped area, yet close to local amenities and with easy access to Dublin city centre, being only 300 metres from the Chapelizod Gates on a busy bus route which includes adapted public buses. Cara accommodates 32 service users and provides year-round respite services from 2 single rooms. Since it opened, it has developed and broadened its activities to offer a comprehensive range of therapies and a busy diversional therapy programme, including a hydrotherapy pool. Cara aims to promote and maintain service users' independence. Service users contribute to the day-to-day running of the house and, where possible, integrate with the local community. Some are in employment inside and outside Cara, while others are in full-time education or attend day activity centres. All service users link in with the Cheshire Community Services programme operating in the local area.


  • 34 private single rooms.
  • Several large multipurpose rooms are available for the benefit of all service users.

Services Available

  • Full-time staff provide 24-hour personal care and support.
  • Respite care is available in 2 single rooms on a year-round basis and up to 60 people from the wider community avail of this facility each year.
  • Wide range of therapies provided by trained staff, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapies.
  • Activities are organised and facilities, such as transport, are made available for shopping, social, work and recreational outings.
  • A hydrotherapy pool offers users fun and relaxation in bright pleasant surroundings.
  • A fully equipped sensory room is available for meditation and relaxation sessions.
  • Landscaped gardens of mature shrubs and flowers are maintained to provide tranquil surroundings.
  • Cara plans and provides a number of holidays during the year.
  • Cheshire Ireland provides services to people with physical disabilities

All Cheshire services, in Ireland and worldwide, aspire to operate in keeping with the Cheshire ethos and in line with today’s standards for rights-based disability services. In particular, Cheshire services aim to listen carefully to people with disabilities and to try to meet the expectations of people using our services.

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