The Speech Centre Galway

Your local speech and language therapists in Galway

Welcome to The Speech Centre Galway. Our Galway speech therapy branch is a specialist Speech and Language Therapy service working with adults only. We provide speech, language and swallowing assessment and intervention to adults in nursing homes and hospitals all over the West of Ireland, as well as visiting people in their homes to provide therapy in the comfort of their own environment

Our two senior therapists, Sinead and Colette, work as a team to provide exceptional dysphagia care and communication therapy, and between them have specialist expertise working with people with dementia, stroke, neurological conditions and traumatic brain injury. If you are in need of any of our services please get in touch with us directly, we would be delighted to hear from you.

While our Galway speech therapy team predominantly works in nursing homes and hospitals, or in a client’s own home, we may occasionally offer speech and language consultations at our administrative base at the Knocknacarra Medical Centre in Galway. We have free parking available in our private on-site car park and all facilities are wheelchair accessible on the ground floor.

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.

Knocknacarra Medical Centre
Clybaun Road Lower
Knocknacarra Galway Ireland
Phone: 085 748 9988 or 091 862220

Contact the Galway Team

Meet the Galway Team

  • sinead francis the speech centre galway Sinead Francis

    Sinéad graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway with an Honors degree in Speech and Language Therapy. She has extensive clinical experience having worked with adults and pediatric clients over a number of years. She has focused her clinical skills training in the areas of Adult Acquired Disorders of Feeding, Eating, Drinking and Swallowing, Videofluoroscopy, Tracheostomy Management, and Cervical Auscultation, and Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP), with a particular interest in Critical Care.

    Sinéad initially worked with children with complex needs after completion of her degree and moved from there to Community Care working with both children and adults, before moving onto the Acute setting. She has supported the development of services for paediatric and adult client groups in previous roles and enjoys the multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Sinéad currently specialises in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of feeding and swallowing disorders in the adult population, and provides services to nursing homes and hospitals in the West of Ireland. Throughout her career, Sinéad has always had a strong focus on developing and maintaining her clinical skills through various professional development opportunities.

    Sinéad is a Full Member of the IASLT and is also CORU registered from 2016.

  • Colette Gill

    Colette Gill graduated with honours Bachelors degree in Speech and Language Therapy from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2009. She has gained clinical experience in a variety of settings including an acute hospital, primary care and residential care. Colette’s experience and expertise are in the area of adults with communication and swallowing disorders. These include aphasia, apraxia of speech, dysarthria, cognitive impairment, voice disorders, use of alternative and augmentative communication and swallowing disorders. She has experience working with clients with dementia, respiratory disorders, neurological conditions (Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinson’s disease), head & neck cancer and clients post stroke.
    Colette has recently completed her Master’s degree in Dementia Care through Trinity College Dublin, where she received a distinction. Colette is passionate about developing the role of SLT in dementia care. Her research investigated the preparation, clinical support and confidence of SLTs working with people with dementia in Ireland. She recently presented her findings at the International Association of Logopedics & Phoniatrics conference which was held in Dublin. Colette has also presented at the Irish Gerontology Society Conference, receiving a president’s medal for one of her projects. Colette hopes to publish her research in the coming months.

    Colette is an active member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists. She is currently on the committee for the Biennial IASLT conference which will be held in 2017. She is also a member of the Dysphagia Special Interest Group and Adult Acquired Communication Special Interest Group.

  • 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.