Olivia Grady

IANO Secretary. ILCNG Co-ordinator

Olivia is working as a Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist in Sligo General Hospital, Sligo.

Emma Nixon

IANO Treasurer
IGONG Co-ordinator

Emma works as a Gynae Cancer Nurse Co-ordinator in the MMUH. She has a background in radiation oncology and worked as a staff nurse in St. Luke's Hospital for 4 years where she completed the H.Dip in Oncological Nursing in 2001 as well as a MSc Nursing in 2003. Her dissertation was on women's experiences of brachytherapy used to treat cervical cancer. She has been a member of IGONA (Now IGONG) since she commenced her role in the Mater Hospital in 2004.

Máiréad Lyons

Cork Network Representative

Máiréad Lyons

Clinical Nurse Manager

Bon Secours Hospital, Cork.

Máiréad, is a Registered General Nurse who is currently working as Clinical Nurse Manager on an acute oncology/haematology ward at the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork.  Her role during her employment at the Bon Secours Hospital has been multi-faceted.

Máiréad obtained a 1st class honours in her Graduate Diploma in Cancer Care (U.C.D.) and also holds a Diploma in Management in Health Services.

Máiréad has held the role as secretary of the Cork Branch I.A.N.O since 2015. She, along with the other dedicated members of the Network is committed to promoting up-to-date education and ensuring the sharing of knowledge between oncology nurses both in the acute setting and in the community.

Máiréad is delighted to represent the Cork Network on the N.E.C. and looks forward to collaborating with other members to progress Oncology care in Ireland.

Catríona Duggan

Western Network Representative

Caitriona graduated from NUIG as a Registered General Nurse in 2001. She has worked in the Oncology Department for the last 16 years. In 2003 she completed her Higher Diploma in Oncology Nursing in UCD. In 2008 she began a four year Masters in Integrative and Humanistic Psychotherapy with the University of Limerick (UL). She is an accredited Psychotherapist with the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP).

In 2014 Caitriona commenced her Post graduate diploma in adult nursing with NUIG. She became a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Oncology and Registered nurse prescriber in March 2016.

She works full time as the RANP Oncology in Portiuncula University Hospital, Ballinasloe. She is also the current secretary for the Western branch of the IANO.

Karen Fagan

South East Network Representative

Karen Fagan

Clinical Nurse Manager for Radiation Oncology

UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre Waterford

  Karen is a Registered General Nurse currently working in the UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre as Clinical Nurse Manager which delivers Radiotherapy Services to Patients in the South East. Having trained in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin and qualified  in 1990 Karen went abroad and spent 11 years working in both Canada and Saudi Arabia gaining experience in Haematology Oncology, Cardiac and Multi-organ Transplant Surgery, GI Medicine and administrative areas of her Nursing Practice.

On return to Ireland in 2002 Karen worked in Private Home Care setting, as a Daffodil Nurse caring for patients at end of life and spent 2 years as Nurse Manager in the Cheshire Home in Waterford working with people with physical disabilities.

In 2006 Karen was granted the opportunity to establish and develop the Radiation Oncology Nursing Service in the newly opened UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre in Waterford. The JCI Accredited Cancer Centre celebrated its 10th year in Waterford last October and currently treats up to 1,000 cancer patients a year.

Karen oversees the quality of the nursing service, the development of its policies and procedures, is the Infection Prevention and Control Nurse for the Centre and most recently was the lead nurse involved in developing and introducing the Electronic Medical Record System to the Centre.

In 2016, Karen was elected Chairperson for the IANO Southeast Network and is committed to improving the quality of care provided to cancer patients through promoting education and networking opportunities for nurses who are working in this ever changing and challenging area of Nursing.


Patricia Hunt

Academia Representative

Patricia Hunt 

Assistant Lecturer

Waterford Institute of Technology

Patricia is a registered general nurse and is currently an assistant lecturer at Waterford Institute of Technology.  She has a wealth of clinical experience, and specialised in cancer and palliative care nursing.  Patricia’s clinical experience includes working as a clinical nurse specialist at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London, where she led the development of a breathlessness service, and authored a chapter in editions of The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures.  She held a lecturing position at The Royal Marsden School, where she developed two award winning online modules.  Patricia represented the Royal College of Nursing on the first National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline development group for lung cancer, which was published in 2005.  She has published chapters in books, peer reviewed journal articles, and presented at conferences. 

Patricia’s research interests are in cancer care, particularly in the areas of compassion, empathy, emotional intelligence, and compassion fatigue.  She has an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice (Cancer Nursing), and a post graduate diploma in teaching and learning.  She is currently researching compassion fatigue in cancer health care professionals as part of her PhD.  Patricia is passionate about cancer nursing, and is committed to the development of care for patients with cancer, and the advancement of education and support for cancer nurses through research and education.

Alice Ward

Paediatric Representative

Naomi Fitzgibbon

Service Provider

Naomi graduated from Beaumont Hospital Dublin as a Registered General Nurse. She worked in King Edward VII Hospital for Officers in London for eight years where she cared of members of the British Royal Family. As Senior Ward Manager, she deputised for the Director of Nursing in the management of the Hospital. Naomi returned to Dublin to work on the area of Oncology.

She now manages Ireland’s only free Cancer Nurseline Service incorporating email, interactive help on-line and social media. She achieved Helpline Standard Accreditation for the service. Naomi is currently implementing recommendations of the evaluation of the service by UCD revealed a satisfaction rating of up to 95%. She is a media spokesperson for The Society and a Patient Advocate on nursing and NGO organisations. Naomi is currently leading research with national collaboration to investigate and address the issue of cognitive impairment with metastatic breast cancer patients.

She completed her MSc in Clinical Leadership in UCD in 2013 and is proud to have achieved her Fellowship with the Faculty of the School of Nursing and Midwifery RCSI 2015. Naomi embraces the challenges of working within the cancer arena finding innovative solutions to meet the strategic objectives of The Society. Collaborating with key stakeholders is essential within the ever increasing prevalence of cancer but also in a time of great strides in the advancement of cancer diagnosis, treatment and provision of psychosocial support.

Maureen O'Grady

ORNG Co-ordinator

Christine Tobin

CRCNG Co-ordinator

Carol Spillane

IBCNG Co-ordinator and treasurer elect


Louise Nolan

IANO Secretariat