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Clare Gleeson

Recruitment & Assessment Team Leader

Clare joined the Origins foster care team in June 2021, having very recently returned from living in the UK.

Clare qualified as a social worker in 2009, with a master’s from the University of Edinburgh, having previously obtained a Bachelor of Social Science from University College Dublin in 2004. Since qualifying Clare has worked within the children and families setting, firstly as a practitioner and then becoming a manager in 2016. Clare has worked in child protection/children in care, connected persons, adoption, post order and fostering for various local authorities in London and Wales.

Clare is dedicated to her profession and continues to engage in training. She has attended training in areas of attachment and developmental trauma and has gained an advanced certificate in systemic practice from the Institute of Family Therapy. She is a qualified practice teacher too. Clare is Coru registered.

Meet the team

Mieke Ryan
Head of Fostering

Mieke has been working with children in care and their foster carers since 2003. Throughout her working career her

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Eugene Bigley
Operations Manager

Eugene, a professionally qualified social worker, for over 30 years. With experience working both in the public

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Eithne Larkin
Marketing and Recruitment Lead

Eithne and her family have been foster carers for over 20 years and she brings a great insight into the recruitment of foster carers to her work

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Nikki Darcy
Social Work Team Leader

Nikki like all our Social Work team is CORU registered. She has been working as a social worker with children, their families

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Denise Galvin
Administrator

Denise has been working within the private foster care sector as an Administrator since 2014. During this time, she

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Laura Barcellona
Administrator

Laura works as an administrator in Origins foster care. She joined the agency in December 2020. Prior to her role as fostering

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Clare Gleeson
Recruitment & Assessment Team Leader

Clare joined the Origins foster care team in June 2021, having very recently returned from living in the UK

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Alex Gontijo
Administrator

Alexandre was born in Brazil and moved to Ireland to broaden his educational and work experience. With a degree in

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Cíara Farrell
Senior Practitioner, Link Social Worker

Ciara graduated with an honour’s degree in Social Work from Trinity College Dublin and has a National Qualification

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