Bluebird Care partner with Special Olympics Ireland for the 2019 World Summer Games


Bluebird Care Ireland is delighted to announce its support of Special Olympics Ireland athletes ahead of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games taking place in Abu Dhabi next week.

Bluebird Care, one of Irelands leading providers of care at home and in the community have joined Special Olympics’ Support an Athlete Campaign by pledging €5,000 to cover the cost of preparing and sending a member of Team Ireland to the World Games.

91 Special Olympics Ireland athletes will represent as Team Ireland at these Games across 12 different sports. These Games, running from 14 to 21 March will be the largest humanitarian events in the World. 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 countries will display their courage and skills on the world stage in Abu Dhabi.

Commenting on the partnership, Matt English, CEO of Special Olympics Ireland, said: “We are thrilled and delighted that Bluebird has come on board as a valued partner for our support an athlete campaign in the lead up to the World Summer Games and would like to thank them for their generous contribution.”

National Marketing Manager Annette Cullen and Franchise business owner Eric Delaney recently attended a Special Olympics Badminton and Table Tennis tournament in Carlow and got to experience first hand the passion, skill and commitment the athletes have for their sport.

Annette said “It was truly inspirational to spend a day with an amazing talented and skilled group of athletes who celebrate their team mates wins, their competitors wins and their own wins with an exuberance and joy that is truly infectious. We are looking forward to following all the Irish athletes at the World Games and wish them every success representing their country. C’mon Ireland!”.

Francis Power, Navan Arch Club

John Doyle of Gorey Special Olympics Club

Annette Codd – Regional Director, Special Olympics Leinster,
Eric Delaney – Director Bluebird Care Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford
John Doyle of Gorey Special Olympics Club
Annette Cullen – National Marketing Manager, Bluebird Care Ireland

Lucy Dollard to compete in Abu Dhabi at the Special Olympics World Games

Bluebird Care Kilkenny met with local athlete Lucy Dollard to wish her the best of luck in Abu Dhabi at the Special Olympics World Games.

Lucy will be competing in both 100m run and mini Javelin 300g and has been training hard for the last 4 years. She will be part of a 91 strong Team Ireland squad and will represent her country at the highest level of sporting competition for Special Olympics athletes.

Local Bluebird Care owner Brian Egan met with Lucy and said “ We were delighted to be able to support Lucy’s fundraising activity. She is so dedicated and has trained so hard we wish her the best of luck at the World Games”

Taking place between 14-21 March 2019, Abu Dhabi 2019 will be the largest sporting and humanitarian event in the world this year. Supported by a volunteer management team of 39, Team Ireland will join 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 countries at the Games.

The Kilkenny woman competes for Team Ireland at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi

This March, Lucy Dollard (25) from Kilkenny city will travel to Abu Dhabi to compete in Athletics at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Part of a 91-strong Team Ireland squad, Lucy will represent her country at highest level of sporting competition for Special Olympics athletes.

The road to Abu Dhabi started four years ago; this week, the final preparations began in earnest for Special Olympics athletes across the country, with the official launch of Team Ireland for the 2019 World Games.


Q&A with a Bluebird Care Nurse

Bluebird Care achieves ISO 9001 Certification and a further 22 jobs announced for Longford, Roscommon and Westmeath.

Bluebird Care, a leading homecare provider for Longford, Roscommon and Westmeath (LRW), achieved their ISO accreditation in October 2018. Declan O’ Connor CEO of BQAI who was Lead Assessor was on hand on to present Bluebird Care with their certification.

Bluebird Care (LRW) is a nurse led homecare provider which is HSE approved. It provides a comprehensive range of quality homecare and supports in the community for people of all ages and diverse needs while also catering for the private sector.

To become ISO 9001 compliant, Bluebird Care (LRW) underwent an intensive evaluation process that included quality management system development, a management system documentation review, pre-audit, initial assessment, and clearance of non-conformances, all of which work to identify corrective actions that eliminate non-conformance to the quality management standard.

Mr. Oliver Daly, Managing Director, MSc is a passionate advocate of care in the home as distinct from institutional care: “Our decision to work towards ISO 9001 accreditation demonstrates our commitment to providing a high-quality and consistent service to our clients and our ongoing investment in clinical governance, processes and procedures.”

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, Minister for the Office of Public Works who was in attendance stated that “Great credit is due to Ollie and his team and what they are doing for older people in the community. I know personally of people who are availing of their service and hold it in very high regard”.

Mr. Oliver Daly explained that “our dedicated staff are now providing twice as many care hours over the three counties’ than we were this time last year. We now also provide complex nursing care and we wish to extend this service by hiring 10 more nursing staff and 12 additional healthcare assistants.

Our absolute priority is to enable people to live independent and fulfilled lives in their own surroundings among family and friends; to provide service delivered by an efficient team of health care professionals”.

Oliver’s invitation: “If you are interested in joying our care team come and talk to us. We also have recently introduced an “Earn while you Learn” training programme. This programme is for individuals who have an interest in getting a QQI Level 5 qualification and who would like to earn an income while they are training’

For more information on the services Bluebird Care provide or to discuss career opportunities call (090) 6491044


ISO 9001 Registration. Ollie Daly (MD Bluebird Care Athlone), Flavia Santos (Quality Manager, Bluebird Care Roscommon), , Minister Kevin “Boxer” Moran, Declan O’Connor (CEO BQAI) and Eoghan Kenny (TCT). Bluebird Care Roscommon, Monksland Business Park, Athlone. Photograph by David Ruffles

Bluebird Care Compliance Team with Eoghan Kenny (Centre TCT). Bluebird Care Roscommon, Monksland Business Park, Athlone. Photograph by David Ruffles