Skylark Services


Skylark Services comprises of 9 residential houses, 6 of which have integrated day programmes and 4 stand alone day centres.

The residential houses provide full-time accommodation for a maximum of six individuals per house. The houses are managed by Team Leaders and staffed with either or both Nursing and Social Care Staff depending on the needs of the individuals residing there.  We aim to provide a homely environment for the people we support, encouraging them to make real choices over the day-to-day issues that are a part of all our lives. We aim to facilitate service users to take part in the activities that matter to them, such as keeping in contact with family, pursuing social interests, and engaging with and contributing to their local communities of Athenry, Loughrea, Clarinbridge, Kilcolgan and Claregalway.

Skylark Residential Services are Designated Centres under HIQA regulations. These are Sky, Lark, Rea and Rowen Services. For more information on these services please contact the Team Leader to view the Statement of Purpose for each Designated Centre or to request a copy of the HIQA report.

Please click on the link below for more information on HIQA.

Each individual in receipt of Disability Allowance, Blind Pension or similar payment will contribute a specified amount towards accommodation and daily expenses of the household, e.g. Utility Bills, food and on-going maintenance.

The day centres, Apple Tree, Swan Centre, Skylark and Loughrea Hub are located in Loughrea and Athenry, and provide day programmes for adults with an intellectual disability. The aim of the Service is to offer a varied and stimulating day programme for all adults who attend. We promote a positive environment where each individual feels secure and happy in a modern, person-centred Day Service. Activities are planned on an individual basis, with the emphasis on new challenges and opportunities. We promote independence and freedom of choice to enhance each individual’s quality of life.

Skylark is a Day Centre based in the heart of Athenry town providing a varied programme for up to 30 individuals.

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Apple Tree is a Rehabilitative Training Programme for individuals of school leaving age in the Loughrea area.

Loughrea Hub is a new Day Service providing a varied programme for individuals in the Loughrea area.




Swan Centre is a Satellite Day Service based in the very centre of Athenry town supporting individuals living in apartments in the Athenry.

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The Day Centres are managed by Team Leaders and staffed with Nurses, Social Care Workers and Care Assistants.

For admission / application information please click on the link below – link to admissions policy.

Policy on Admissions, Transfers and Discharges (2015) (1)

For information on how to make a complaint please contact the Team Leader or click on the following link.

Complaints Management Policy (2003-06 reviewed 2015) (1)

Research Projects involving Skylark Services:  None at present.

Please refer back to the website for further general information on the Brothers of Charity Galway Services.

Area Manager – Noelle Burke – 091-850139

Service Coordinator – David Cloonan – 091-850187