The Speech Centre Tralee

Your local speech and language therapists in Tralee

OUR TRALEE BRANCH IS RE-OPENING! Now taking appointments for August 2021, please email

Our Tralee Clinic opened in March 2016 in Oakview Village Childcare, where we are delighted to be part of the Early Years Support Service. The centre provides access to a variety of services including Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy and Music Therapy. The services provided by the centre are not exclusive to those availing of childcare there, and can be accessed by the general public just by phoning to make an appointment.

We have a dedicated Speech and Language Therapy room in the centre to ensure a relaxed and friendly learning environment for your child. Our Speech and Language Therapist can also work alongside the other professionals in the centre to provide the best therapy for our clients – very convenient if you are attending more than one service! The clinic is wheelchair accessible and is located less than five minutes from Tralee town centre, beside Enable Ireland. We welcome children and adults of all ages from Tralee and surrounding areas. Our Tralee Speech Therapy clinic is on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 9.00 am – 6.00pm.

The Tralee Speech Therapy team are situated in Oakview Village Childcare Centre

Directions to The Speech Centre – Tralee: From the Tralee Bus and Rail station turn right at the traffic lights then take the first left onto Brewery road. Turn right off Brewery road (before the Greyhound stadium) into Oakview Village. Follow directions for the Centre.

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.

Oakview Village Childcare
Oakview Village
Tralee Kerry Ireland

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    Meet the Tralee Team

    • Emma O'Connor

      Emma O’Connor graduated from University College Cork with a BSc in Speech and Language Therapy. During her academic training, she gained clinical experience in a wide range of settings including primary care community clinics, schools, rehabilitation clinics and residential care units. Emma has worked with children and adults with a range of speech, language, communication and swallowing needs such as developmental speech & language delays & disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, complex needs, Aphasia, Apraxia of Speech, Alzheimer’s, progressive neurological diseases such as Motor Neuron Disease and dysphagia (swallowing difficulties).

      Emma enjoys working alongside clients and their families/caregivers in order to ensure each individual is achieving the most out of therapy.

      Emma is registered with CORU, the regulatory body for Health & Social Care professionals in Ireland and is a member of the Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists (IASLT). She is also Dysphagia competent. Emma is passionate about self-directed learning and continuing professional development and her recent training includes Children’s First Training (2020) and Lámh Module 1 (2018). Emma has also attended IASLT study days, the most recent of which focused on ‘Valuing Neurodiversity in SLT Practice’.

      Emma looks forward to joining The Speech Centre in Tralee and working with families and clients to help them achieve their communication goals.

    • Grainne

      Gráinne Swaine graduated from University College Cork with a BSc Speech & Language Therapy. She has gained clinical experience in a variety of settings including paediatric and adult primary care, an acute hospital, nursing homes and schools. Gráinne has worked with clients with developmental speech & language delays & disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, Intellectual Disability and Complex needs. She has experience with adults with a range of communication, speech and language and swallowing difficulties particularly associated with adults post stroke or with progressive neurological conditions including Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and dementia.

      Prior to studying Speech & Language therapy, Gráinne worked in an Early Childhood setting where she gained valuable experience in working with young children and supporting their speech and language development.

      Gráinne is registered with CORU, the regulatory body for Health & Social Care professionals in Ireland and is a member of the Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists (IASLT). She is also Dysphagia competent.Gráinne is committed to gaining further training and continuing professional development, recent training completed includes: Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS, 2019), Basic Life Support (2019), Hanen (It Takes Two to Talk, 2019), Children First Training (2018), Manual Handling (2017), Lámh Module 1 (2014).

      She is also a member of several Special Interest Groups (SIGs) including the Adult Dysphagia SIG, ASD SIG, Down Syndrome SIG, Paediatric ID SIG and the Paediatric FEDS SIG.

    • 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.