Clarecare Church gate collection

June 25th, 2019

Our Church gate collection will take place at the weekend of Sat 29th/Sun 30th June throughout the County of Clare (excl. Ennis)

Your support is appreciated.

Charity cycle cancelled

March 5th, 2019

Clare Ladies Cycling Club……Cancelled due to bad weather

..are running A Charity cycle on 27th April 2019 in aid of Bushypark Treatment Centre & Bushypark family recreational project

We are looking for help in the following ways

  • Donations – personal or business donations. this can be done on Bushypark website on the “i donate” link or on turas na mban 2019 website. we would be grateful if you know any business that might be in a position to donate to us please contact mags at Bushypark to follow up with sponsorship letter
  • volunteers – we are looking for marshals and help with catering on the day. please contact Bushypark for further details or leave your name & number with any staff member.
  • calling all female cyclists to join in this fun event. Distances, 20k, 40k, 80k. registration is now open on Turas Na Mban 2019 website. all registration costs are donated directly to Bushypark


thanks for your help with this fundraising event and look forward to seeing you on the day

Clarecare Church gate collection (Ennis Churches only) 23rd/24th Feb’19

February 21st, 2019

Clarecare is one of the oldest and largest not-for-profit organisations in Clare delivering a wide menu of services to Older Persons (Home Help, Day Centres and Social Workers), to Children and Families (Advocacy, Adolescents, Aftercare, Social Workers, Family Workers and Child care workers). In addition to offering a Counselling Service to adults and running the Treatment Centre at Bushypark for people suffering with addiction.

We employ up on 500 staff throughout the county and importantly, all monies raised in Clare are spent in the provision of services for the people of Clare.

The 2019 Clarecare Annual Churchgate Collection will take place on the week-end of the 23rd/24th of February in all Ennis Churches only. Any funds raised from this collection will go to cover costs for which Clarecare does not receive government funding.

The following are examples of services delivered by CLARECARE in 2017:

- 324 families availed of the Clarecare Family Support Service.

1,341 children & young people engaged in individual or group activities across a range of specialist and community services.

213 new referrals were made to the Clarecare Older Persons Social Work Service and a total of 4,327 contacts were made with older people.

291,994 hours of care were provided by Clarecare Homecare Service.

Clarecare Bushypark Addiction Treatment

-       130 people completed the Clarecare Bushypark addiction treatment residential programme.

-       304 clients attended the Clarecare Bushypark After-care programme.

-       300 attended the Clarecare Bushypark Family Support service.

-       Over 350 people used the Clarecare Bushypark Outreach programme.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Fiacre J. Hensey

General Manager

Adolescent Parenting Programme

February 6th, 2019

Clarecare are running a Parents Plus Parenting Programme for parents of teenagers

please check the website for further details



Bushypark News

November 13th, 2018

Bushypark welcomes the news of the forthcoming legislation which will enact the Public Health Alcohol Bill 2018. This Bill will bring measures to reduce alcohol abuse in Ireland over the next decade.  As alcohol is the primary drug of choice in Ireland measures to reduce the abuse of alcohol is welcome. We work in partnership with a number of agencies to help reduce the harm caused by alcohol abuse in Ireland.  e.g Alcohol Action Ireland, Spun Out, Drugs Policy Unit

Fundraising in 2019

November 13th, 2018

Bushypark are delighted that Clare Ladies Cycle Club have chosen Bushypark Centre as their nominated charity to receive funds from Turas na Mban Cycle which will be held on 27th April 2019.  Funds will be used directly towards the development of a Family Recreational Project including a playground at the centre.

We are excited by this partnership and look forward to the development of this project over the coming months.


Poly Drug Project – Counselling/Support Groups

November 13th, 2018

Bushypark Addiction Treatment Centre (a service of Clarecare Ltd) sponsors three weekly counselling/support groups for recovering poly drug users.  The group meets Friday afternoons in Ennis.  If you know someone who is struggling to stay clean and sober and might benefit from weekly support, please have them contact Bushypark at 065-6840944.  These FREE services are funded by the Poly Drug Project through the MWRDAF.  All groups are lead by trained counsellors.

Weekly Family Support Programmes

November 13th, 2018

Family Support helps you make you and/or your family a priority, not the addiction.

The  family support programmes are a confidential, safe and accepting place where people come together to find and explore ways to cope with a loved one’s use of alcohol or other drugs or gambling addiction.  Rather than all the attention being focused on the one suffering with the addiction, abuse or misuse, families can begin to practice putting attention on the lives of the rest of the family.

These programmes are for Mums, Dads, Grannys, Grandads, Sisters or Brothers, Partners, and Spouses.  Tuesdays at 7.30 pm in Clarecare, room 13, Harmony Row, Ennis.  Counsellor and Facilitators will be there to Listen. Drop-in services are free.

Phone Bushypark at 065-6840944 if you have questions.  All programmes are sponsored by Bushypark Treatment Centre’s Poly Drug Project and funded by the Mid-West Regional Drug & Alcohol Forum.


President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins to be guest of honour as Clarecare celebrates 50 years

September 18th, 2018

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins is to be guest of honour as the not for profit organisation Clarecare celebrates 50 years of serving the people of Clare. The President has accepted an invitation to address the gathering at an evening event in Glór, Ennis on the 27th September, designed to mark the enormous contribution made by Clarecare over the past five decades. The invited audience will be made up of past and present staff members, volunteers, service users and representatives of partner agencies.

Clarecare General Manager, Fiacre Hensey, spoke of the organisation’s delight that President Higgins had accepted the invitation to mark the anniversary, “Given the President’s strong Clare connections and his long-standing commitment to social justice, we are very honoured that President Higgins will join us for this significant milestone. Clarecare is a unique organisation. It is the largest Clare based, not for profit agency providing a broad range of support services for people in Clare. Many thousands of Clare people have been supported by Clarecare down through the years and it is very important to acknowledge that contribution and to nurture a vision for the future.”

The history of Clarecare goes back to a time when, by comparison with today, there were relatively few social services in Ireland.  Clarecare, originally Clare Social Services Council, was set up in 1968, when  Joe  Boland,  then County  Manager,  and  the  late  Bishop  Michael  Harty  recognised  the  need  for  a  body  to  co-ordinate  the  activities  of  voluntary  organisations.    A meeting was called to consider the formation of a Social Service Council, as a means of co-ordinating and developing local services for the elderly. The inaugural meeting of the new council took place on the 12th of November 1968 and Clare Social Service Council, under the presidency of Fr. Brendan O’Donoghue, set up office in O’Connell St., Ennis with just one employee, a clerk typist.

The Clare Social Services Council met with an enthusiastic response from the voluntary sector. It began as a parish based organisation with twenty three affiliated organisations.  In  response  to  the  needs expressed  by  callers  to  the  centre  a  social  worker was employed,  the late  Sr.  Eucharia, a Mercy Sister.  In  1971  as  the  volume  of  work  grew,  five  Little Sisters  of  the  Assumption  were  invited  to  join  the  staff  and in 1973  Fr.  Brian Geoghegan was appointed full time Director.

The initial focus was the provision of services for older persons, but by the end of the 1970s, Clare Social Services Council had extended into services for children and families as more needs were identified. Clare Social Services Council was renamed Clarecare in 1987.

Clarecare has lived through a major expansion in Irish social services over the past 50 years. It began by building on a spirit of volunteerism to develop a network of services across the county,  informed  by  a  vision  of  community  development  which  encouraged  people  to  be  actively  involved in responding to needs within their local community, thereby building up a county-wide infrastructure of care and support.

The  initial  focus  of  Clarecare  was  on  services  for  the  elderly  but  this  soon  extended  to  cover  the  family  in  its  broadest sense and saw the development of a range of support services including child protection, fostering and adoption placement, pre-school playgroups as well as holiday schemes for families and the elderly.  Counselling services  have  also  been  provided  for  many  years,  including  a  dedicated  residential  service  for  those  overcoming addictions.

As a result of these developments, Clarecare now offers an exceptional range of services including Parents’ Support Groups, Family Support Services, Older Persons Services including Home Help, Social Work and Day Centre services, a Citizens Information Centre, a professional Counselling Service, Bushypark Addiction Treatment Services and thrift shops.

Throughout its existence, there has been a strong relationship between Clarecare and many Government departments and agencies. Clarecare liaises with bodies including The Department of Health, Tusla, the HSE, the Department of Justice and Equality, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Health Insurers and the Killaloe Diocese in order to ensure the best use of available resources. The services are delivered by almost 500 staff members, the majority are part-time, and 33 as Community Employment Scheme participants.

All Clarecare services are based in Clare, primarily serving the people of Clare. Clarecare offices are in Ennis, Bushypark, Kilrush, Killaloe, Shannon, and Ennistymon. This is to optimise the delivery of services to such a diverse population. The services are based on the philosophy of working in a supportive role with people to assist them in finding solutions to their problems.

Clarecare services are accessed by a wide range of people of all ages. The vast majority are resident in County Clare, however some have  Clare connections but live elsewhere. Bushypark Addiction Treatment Services are open to all, regardless of place of residence.

A sample of statistics from the 2017 Annual Report shows that Clarecare continues to deliver a diversity of services to the highest standards to vulnerable families and individuals across the county.  370 part-time Home Helps delivered 192,171 hours of service in 2017 and Clarecare also delivered 99,823 Home Care Package Hours. 1,341 children and young people engaged in Clarecare individual or group activities across a range of specialised and community services for children and their families and a total of 7,747 queries from 4,565 individual callers were recorded at the Citizens Information Centre based in the Clarecare Shannon Office. 130 people completed the Bushypark addiction treatment residential programme, 304 clients attended the Bushypark After-care programme, 300 attended the Clarecare Bushypark Family Support service and over 350 people used the Bushypark Outreach programme.

According to Rev. Ger Nash, Chairman of the Clarecare Board of Directors, “We owe a very big debt of gratitude to the founders who had the vision fifty years ago to establish the organisation that grew into Clarecare.  Their desire to improve the lives of Clare people in a meaningful way has not been without significant challenges but it is a vision that still holds true today. On behalf of the Board, I would also acknowledge the enormous contribution of past and present staff, volunteers and partner organisations in the development of this unique service and thank the people of Clare who have trusted us to support them over the years”.

If anyone wishes to avail of Clarecare supports they can contact 065 682 8178 or visit www.clarecare.ie

For further information or to arrange an interview please contact

Fiacre Hensey, Clarecare General Manager         087 2802948

Ciana Campbell, Communications Specialist        087 6815635


Bushypark House

Phone: 065-684 0944
Fax : 065-684 0450
E-mail : bushyparkhouse@clarecare.ie

Counsellor on duty: 8am to 9pm (Call in confidence for support, advice and information)

How to find us

From Limerick

Leaving limerick city follow signs for Galway, Shannon or Ennis. After approx 25km takes the Ennistymon/ Cliffs of Moher/Ennis Exit off dual carriageway. Follow the signs through to the third roundabout (clare abbey). Take the second exit towards Kilrush/Ennistymon. Continue to the Claureen Road roundabout. Take first exit onto the N68. Continue for 1.5km until you reach the Texaco Garage/Oliver Walsh Motors. Turn left at the side of the garage, you will see signpost for BushyPark House. Follow this road for 2km keeping to the left at fork on road. Continue 500metres and see gates of house in front of you on a bend. Please use second gate as entrance to the house.

From Galway

Follow N18 from Galway until you reach a dual carriageway, take the first left exit 500 metres after you get on this new road, signposted for Barefield/Ennis. Follow signs when you come off this road for Ennis. Go through the Ballymaley Roundabout (small roundabout). When coming into Ennis town proceed until you reach a roundabout, (there is a statoil garage and McDonalds on the right at this roundabout). Take first right exit, following signs for Shannon/Limerick. At next roundabout take the third exit, signposted for Ennistymon/Lahinch. Go straight through the next roundabout (Claureen Road) and continue for1.5km until you reach a Texaco Garage. Turn left at the side of the garage, you will see signpost for BushyPark House. Follow this road for 2km keeping to the left at fork on road. Continue 500metres and see gates of house in front of you on a bend. Please use second gate as entrance to the house.