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O’Dwyer Cheshire Home

Contact Details

Manager Maura Gavin
Address Lismirrane, Swinford, Co. Mayo
Tel 094 938 4134
Fax 094 938 4462
Email Maura.gavin@cheshire.ie


The O'Dwyer Cheshire Home was opened in 1976 as the fulfilment of a dream for the late Hon. Paul O'Dwyer, long-time activist and human rights campaigner in the USA. The centre was built on the grounds of his family home, set in landscaped gardens in a peaceful rural setting, with Swinford close by and Castlebar some 20 minutes' drive away. The O'Dwyer family maintains an active interest in the work of O'Dwyer Cheshire. The building was refurbished as a single-storey, purpose-built centre during 2000 to provide bright and safe amenities for its 30 service users.


  • 30 private single rooms.
  • Large multipurpose room for social activities, as well as smaller sitting rooms and dining rooms for the benefit of all service users.
  • Private garden for service users.
  • Kitchenette, with all modern appliances, for use by all service users.

Services Available

  • 24-hour care and support available from trained staff, including nursing services.
  • Several therapies are arranged for users, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, aromatherapy, reflexology, colour and sound therapies.
  • Other healing therapies are available, including geopathic and electromagnetic stress, reiki and seichem.
  • Diversional activities are organised, with leisure and social support from volunteers and trained FÁS employees.
  • Cookery courses have proved most popular, along with pottery and art classes.
  • Internet Café facilities and computer classes available.
  • O'Dwyer’s minibus facilitates users in their transport needs.

Community Links

  • Links with other local service organisations, such as the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA), MS Society and the Centre for Independent Living (CIL), all of which use 'Dwyer's minibus for transport and its physiotherapy facilities at the centre.
  • Community groups can use the Day Centre and activities room for recreation, training and planned events. Community OT provides services to the community from O’Dwyer Cheshire Home.

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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