Free Public Talk by Consultant Cardiologist Dr Yvonne Smyth

To help raise awareness of heart disease in women, Bluebird Care Galway in association with Croi are holding a free public talk with Consultant Cardiologist Dr Yvonne Smyth.

 Come along to our free public talks and make your heart health a priority.

Wednesday 25h October in the Connacht Hotel, Dublin Road, Galway City @ 6:30pm

Heart Disease is not just a ‘man’s disease’ despite being very often portrayed as such. In fact, the risk of heart disease in women is greater than men once women reach a certain age.

‘Women at Heart’ is an awareness campaign by local heart & stroke charity Croí to educate and empower women to make their heart health a priority. The aim of the Campaign is to highlight the prevalence of heart disease among Irish women.

“I never thought it could happen to me, I was only 36 years old. My symptoms made me think I had a chest infection, but it turned out I was having a heart attack! I didn’t have any pain down my left arm. I had a feeling best described as an electric shock through my chest but it didn’t alarm me. Turns out, I had two blocked arteries. My cardiologist was fantastic and inserted two stents – now I’, right as rain.” Please don’t ignore the signs! – a testimonial from Sandra, Galway.

The ‘Women at Heart’ campaign was created by Croí to educate women on their risk of cardiovascular disease and empower them to make their heart health a priority. Heart disease and stroke are the #1 killer of women in Ireland and worldwide. Shockingly Irish women are 7 times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than from breast cancer.

The amazing fact is – 90% of heart disease and stroke is preventable through lifestyle change and risk factor modification. As women, you give so much love and compassion from your heart – to your parents, children, husband, partner and friends – but do you love and care for your own heart in the same way?

This collaborative public awareness event by Bluebird Care in association with Croi aims to be very informal, interactive and informative.

Sean managing director at Bluebird Care Galway commented “My Dad died from heart disease back in 1969 so our involvement with Croi is really personal as I firmly believe that if Croi existed back then he may well be alive today. I believe in the work Croi does helping so many people in this area and their level of professionalism makes them a good fit for Bluebird Care as we are constantly working to provide our customers with the very highest standards of Homecare.”

We are asking you to join forces with the women you love and spread the word about this real threat!

Places for this free talk are limited. Book your place now online at or call Croi on 091 544310.

Award winning National Finalist Bluebird Care Clare

Award winning Bluebird Care Clare was a National Finalist in the National QMark Awards for Quality Management Systems.
Their nomination for the second year in a row has put them on top of all audits completed  by the Excellence Ireland Quality Association in Ireland.
The Bluebird Care National Group also scooped the overall Business Group of the Year. Known as the Oscars of Business Excellence the QMark is the highest accolade an Irish business can achieve. It is the fourth time the group has won the accolade and the third year in a row.
At the awards in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin  Kay Leahy says” I am extremely honoured and proud, given both the intense competition and the exacting standards required. It has been made possible by the committed, dedicated and hardworking staff in County Clare. So thank you all”.
Pictured are Soraid McEntee from the EIQA and Kay Leahy Managing Director Bluebird Care Clare

Bluebird Care Galway Takes the Gold for the Third Time!  

It’s official! Bluebird Care Galway, has just been named as the Best Homecare Provider in Ireland for Quality Management Systems at this year’s National Q Mark Awards.

Hailed as “The Champions of Business Excellence”, the team from Bluebird Care Galway were beaming with pride as they were called to the stage to receive the winner’s award during a thrilling ceremony held in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road Dublin.

The Q Mark Awards are forever associated with Quality and Excellence in the minds of Irish consumers and it is the only system which allows businesses monitor 100% of their processes and procedures 100% of the time. Winning this award has shown that the team in Bluebird Care Galway truly care about their customers and are willing to go the extra mile to ensure that it achieves the highest possible standards at all times.

Bluebird Care Galway was established in October 2008 and is owned and operated by Sean & Eileen Lyons and Carolyn Corless. Employing 145 staff and caring for more than 600 people in their own homes, they have been in the Q Mark since 2012.

As they left the stage, Sean Lyons (Managing Director) said “To be a recipient of a National Q Mark Award is a tremendous achievement. I think it is most important for our customers who are once again reminded that they have chosen a homecare provider that puts them at the heart of their business. We will continue to monitor best practice and partnering with EIQA will continue to improve ourselves“.

Carolyn Corless (General Manager) said; “I am thrilled to have received this prestigious award for the third time, it is a testimony to the collective efforts of the whole team at Bluebird Care Galway who work tirelessly every day providing Q Mark certified Homecare thus enabling hundreds of people to live at home for all of their lives.”

To further demonstrate their commitment to providing the very highest Standards of Homecare Bluebird Care Galway operate to both HIQA’s “National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare 2012” and to ISO9001 the international Quality Standard. 

Bluebird Care Galway is part of the Bluebird Care network of Homecare providers who also won the EIQA “Business Group of the Year” award at the same event making it a double celebration for Bluebird Care which demonstrates that high standards are the very heart of everything we do across the country.

Photo from L to R: Kasia Klimczak Bluebird Care Galway, Martina Molloy Bluebird Care Galway, Mags McGrath, Irene Collins EIQA,  Carolyn Corless Bluebird Care Galway, Sean Lyons Bluebird Care Galway, Carol Kennedy Bluebird Care Galway.

 Media Contact:

Sean Lyons        
Bluebird Care Galway
Tel: 091 4 800 48

Mob: 087 20 50 686