The Speech Centre Bantry

Your local speech and language therapists in Bantry


We are so sorry, but our Bantry branch is currently closed, with no re-opening date in view. We are not taking on new clients at present. The only exceptions to this are those who are interested in online therapy – if you are interested in online therapy, please email

We are a local private Speech and Language Therapy service, serving the West Cork community from our base in the Marino Medical Centre. We of course take all precautions regarding Covid-19, including hand sanitising stations, face masks, pre-attendance health checks, and room sanitisation between clients.

We are situated in the Marino Medical Centre, just 100m from Bantry General Hospital.

To reach the medical centre, turn left into the Dromleigh Resource Centre and the medical centre is just 100 metres ahead of you, with ample free parking, and a relaxed friendly environment. We look forward to seeing you!

Overall, I would say my experience with the Speech Centre has been one which has encouraged, helped and benefited me greatly. The approach is both gentle and affirming, yet has also enabled me to journey much further along the road of control than I would ever have imagined possible. I now have more hope, more control and can see that I should not be defined by this speech impediment.

Marino Medical Centre
Primary Care Centre, Dromleigh South
Bantry Co. Cork P75 VP89

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    Meet the Bantry Team

    • Marian O’Brien

      Marian O’Brien is a native of Bantry, Co. Cork. She graduated with an honours Masters degree of Science in Speech and Language Therapy from University of Limerick, and has worked with both children and adults. She has a keen interest in disability service provision and the use of Lámh (a manual sign system used by children and adults with intellectual disability and communication needs in Ireland).

      Marian has experience in assessment, differential diagnosis and planning individualised therapy programmes for children and young people presenting with a range of communication difficulties, e.g. speech and language delay or disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as well as adults with swallowing and communication disorders.

      She is committed to furthering her clinical skills through continuing professional development. She is trained in Feeding Eating Drinking and Swallowing (FEDS), Lámh Module 1, First Aid, CPR, Suicide Prevention, Children First and Child Protection Awareness. She is a member of IASLT (Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists) and is CORU registered (Regulating Health and Social Care Professional body).

    • catriona lysaght, the speech centre ireland Catriona Lysaght

      Before completing her Masters in Speech and Language Therapy in 2006, Catriona’s background was in education and linguistics, where she worked with children and young adults with language and behavioural difficulties, and in a physical disability setting in Speech and Language Therapy. On completion of her Masters, she worked for a number of years in an acute hospital, before moving to community adult services. She has since specialised in the treatment of feeding and swallowing disorders in the adult population, and currently provides services to nursing homes and hospitals around Ireland. She has completed post-graduate specialised training in Adult Acquired Neurological Dysphagia, Videofluoroscopy Analysis, and Cervical Auscultation.

      Over the years Catriona has also worked in paediatric settings, gaining a firm knowledge of various therapy approaches and techniques, including PECs, the Derbyshire Language Scheme, Hanen ‘It Takes Two to Talk’, and Kids Express Train, which uses music in therapy for children with autism. She is also trained in Lamh and Irish Sign Language, as well as clinical voice skills including Laryngeal Manual Therapy.

      Catriona began work in private practice in 2009, and established her own clinic in 2010. The Speech Centre has now expanded to eight locations around Ireland, and the team of Speech and Language Therapists is growing. Catriona is dedicated to furthering the professional development of herself and her team, and is involved in training Undergraduate and Masters level Speech and Language Therapy students.