Dara is a registered charity and not for profit agency managed by a Board of Trustees. Dara is a Section 39 agency funded in the main by the HSE.

The services provided by Dara include residential, respite and individualised day supports and employment supports in partnership with the person, their family and other relevant stakeholders i.e. local authority, education and community organisations.


People of all abilities live a good life their way, through their voice.


Working together, focusing on each person’s abilities, talents andchoices to be a part of their community.


Respect, Equality, Choice, Collaboration & Inclusion.

Values in action

Our values are core to every interaction and define how we act on a daily basis with the people who use our services, their families and relatives, our staff and volunteers, the community and all stakeholders.


Every person is respected for their individuality and difference and accepted as part of human diversity and humanity.


Every person has an equal opportunity and right to make the most of their lives and talents.


Every person is given information in an accessible format and has the freedom to make one’s own choices equal to others.


Every person is supported in partnership to achieve their full potential.


Every person is given equal access and opportunities in life and discrimination and intolerance and barriers are removed.

The Dara Community Living Team:

  • CEO: Carol O’Donnell
  • Director of Operations: Mary McMahon
  • Director of Finance : Carol O’Rourke
  • Management Team: Person in Charge and Team Leaders and Support Coordinators who manage each house, the respite service and individualised day supports
  • Careers and Employment Officer
  • A full time Nurse Coordinator who manages and advises on health supports for people supported in partnership with the person, staff teams, families and primary and secondary healthcare and mental health services
  • Support Workers who provide supports to each person in their home, in the respite house and  community
  • Support Services: We have a small team of part time staff who provide the following support to Dara CommunityDara Respite and Dara Possibilities and Dara Employment Supports:
    • Admin
    • HR
    • Payroll
    • Finance
    • Accounts
    • Maintenance

Dara Community supports people who live in ordinary houses mainly in the Celbridge and North Dublin area. Some people live by themselves and some people share a home with others. Each person has a right to choose with whom and where they live in line with their will and preference.

The Dara Respite Service is available to people who access days services in the area. Access to the respite service is coordinated by the social workers in the day services. Dara Respite supports adults to socialise and meet up with friends and get out and about in community enjoying a full life.

Dara Possibilities supports adults, one person at a time to plan for a full life in partnership with their circle of support. Each person with an intellectual disability is supported to exercise their rights as a valued and contributing member of their local community.

Coming soon.

Dara will begin to provide individual and group employment supports in 2024.

Dara has been awarded a five year grant from Pobal to fund these supports.