Important Numbers & Helplines

While we cannot respond to every need via a website,

we hope that this information is of support to you and yours.

Addiction Services

Addiction Services

The HSE offers support for those struggling with addiction, and their families. Details HERE.

Details of Bushy Park Addiction Treatment Centre in Ennis are HERE.

An Garda Siochana

An Garda Siochana

Irelands national police service, An Garda Siochana, has a local station in Ennis – details HERE.



Aware is a national support service for anyone struggling with depression. You can call Aware on  1890 303 302. Details of a local (Ennis) meeting, as well as other meetings across the country, are HERE.

Bereavement and Loss

Bereavement and Loss

Grief is the normal response that a person has, in the face of a life altering loss.  Everyone deals with grief in their own way, so these details are suggestions from which you can choose what best suits your circumstances and needs.

This parish has a bereavement support group which is there for those who request it’s support. More details HERE.

If you would like to read a little about grief, the Irish Hospice foundation offer excellent free short leaflets HERE.

If you are concerned about how you or another are coping with a difficult loss, there are lots of discrete, supportive and inexpensive supports available. Speak to your doctor or contact Clarecare HERE.

If you are looking for support for a child who is struggling with grief, speak to your family doctor. Two groups who support grieving children are:

Rainbows, Ireland.  This is a 12 week peer support program run in local communities for children dealing with life altering loss. Contact the national office for details of the nearest Rainbows site HERE

The Childrens Grief Project is a Limerick based service offering one-to-one support to children. See HERE for details.


If you are a parent, grieving the loss of a baby,  you might find this group helpful:

‘A Little Lifetime Foundation’ (formerly Isands) is a voluntary organisation, founded in 1983 by a group of bereaved parents whose babies died before or at birth (stillbirth) or some time after birth (neonatal death).Website and information HERE or contact Mary 087 2395096


If you have been bereaved by suicide, you may find these organisations particularly understanding and supportive.

Console is a Registered Charity supporting and helping people bereaved through suicide. It has a counselling and support service available in Limerick and across the country. Call Console on 1890 201 890 or 061 306792(Limerick), Email or see the website HERE

Living Links provides support and outreach to those bereaved by suicide. A trained volunteer will, if you request it, visit you in your home or meet you at a neutral venue. You can read more HERE, Call 087 7998427, email.


Financial Concerns

Financial Concerns

The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) is a free, confidential, independent and non-judgmental service for people in debt, or in danger of getting into debt, in Ireland. You can call MABS Helpline on 0761 07 2000 (Mon- Fri 9am to 8pm), email, or call to the Ennis Office – details HERE.

St Vincent de Paul Society exists to fight poverty, and is the largest voluntary, charitable organisation in Ireland. There is a local branch in our parish – see the groups section for details. Alternatively, the Mid-West office is in Limerick – details HERE.

Health Issues

Health Issues

Contact details for Public Health Nursing and Health Centres in Co Clare is HERE

Shannondoc is a GP medical service provided for patients whose family Doctor is part of the Shannondoc Co-operative.  Details of the service are HERE. You can call Shannondoc on  1850 212 999

A list of local doctors, dentists and other health care professionals is available in the Golden Pages HERE

Age Action: Age Action Ireland is the national independent organisation on ageing and older people 01 4756989

Alzheimer Society of Ireland: Offering direct access to practical information and emotional support for people with dementia, their carers, families and friends 1800 341341

Bodywhys: Support for people affected by eating disorders. 1890 200444

Carers Association of Ireland: Tel 1800 240724

CURA: Offers support and help to those who are faced with a crisis pregnancy 1850 622626

Irish Cancer Society: Tel 1800 200700

Irish Patients Association: Tel 01 2722555

Headway:Works with carers, families and individuals affected by Acquired Brain Injury. Helpline number 1890 200 278 Helpline Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm 2pm – 5pm.

Mental Health Ireland:  Promoting positive mental health and actively supporting persons with a mental illness, their families and carers


Health Service Executive

Health Service Executive

Details of HSE services in Co Clare can be found HERE .

Marriage Support

Marriage Support

ACCORD is an Irish voluntary Catholic organisation that aims to promote a deeper understanding of Christian marriage and to offer people the means to safeguard and nourish their marriage and family relationships. Accord provides a Marriage & Relationship Counselling Service as well as Marriage Preparation Programmes for couples of all denominations. Details of local Accord offices are  HERE.

Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding Children

The RC Diocese of Killaloe, and this parish, are committed to supporting, empowering and safeguarding all our children.

- Details of our parish policy and contact person are available in all church porches.

- Details of our diocesan ‘Safeguarding children’ policy, committee, services and resources are available HERE. The designated contact persons for our diocese – who receive complaints where there are concerns about the safety of children – are:

  • Ms. Christine Lemass (086) 809 60 27
  • Fr. Pat Malone (086) 809 60 74


National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland. Director: Mr. Ian Elliott. Tel: 01 505 3018. Website:


We are also committed to supporting all those who have suffered abuse, especially abuse at the hands of those in church leadership. 

 - Towards Healing: This is a new Counselling and Support Service for survivors of Institutional, Clerical and Religious abuse, funded by the Catholic Church. It replaces the Faoiseamh Counselling Service which has been in operation since 1997, and which has provided face-to-face counselling to over 4,000 persons during that time, as well as Helpline Support to over 15,000 survivors of Institutional, Clerical and Religious Abuse. The services provided by Towards Healing will be developed in consultation with representatives of Survivors, and will include healing meetings, groupwork, practical workshops and a bridging service designed to link clients to services relevant to their needs.

Some of our services include:

- Free access to a helpline staffed by experienced telephone counsellors. This operates on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11.00 am – 8.00 pm, and on Fridays from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm. The number is Freephone 1800 303416 (Rep. of Ireland) and Freephone 0800 0963315 (Northern Ireland and UK).

- Contact with accredited psychotherapists in your area for face to face psychotherapy, with the fees arising being paid directly to your psychotherapist by Towards Healing.

- Provision for psychotherapy for spouses/partners, parents and children of survivors of Clerical/Religious abuse.


The HSE National Counselling Service (NCS) is a professional, confidential counselling and psychotherapy service available free of charge in all regions of the Health Services Executive.  Our client group are adults who have experienced trauma and abuse in childhood with priority given to adult survivors of institutional abuse in Ireland. The Midwest service is based at ‘Ré Nua’, 6 Mount Vincent Terrace, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick, phone number 061 411900, or Free phone 1800 234 115.




Available to listen, day or night. 24 hour phone line – 1850 60 90 90

Samaritans aim to benefit society by improving people’s emotional health in order to create a greater sense of well being. Apart from being a 24-hour source of support on the telephone, by email, by letter orface to face, the Samaritans also work in the local community, visiting schools, prisons & workplaces on request.

The Ennis branch of the Samaritans is located at ‘Sunville’, Kilrush Road, Ennis. Tel: (065) 6829777. Usual hours open to receive callers at the door: 10.00am to 10.00pm

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

Are you, or someone you know, in crisis now and need someone to talk to?

Ask for help. If you were feeling physically sick you would see a doctor, so don’t be embarrassed about getting help for your mental health. Everyone needs help from time to time and there is nothing wrong with asking for it. In fact, asking for help is a sign of personal strength.

  • Call the Samaritans, the 24 hour listening service, to talk to someone now about what’s on your mind. Call 1850 60 90 90
  • Contact your local doctor, listed under ‘General Practitioners’ in the Golden Pages, or find your nearest GP on the Map Centre, or call ShannonDoc: 1850 212 999
  • Go to, or contact, the Emergency Department of your nearest general hospital, which you can also find on the Map Centre
  • Contact emergency services by calling 999 or 112
  • Information on where to go for help in a crisis is now available through your mobile phone. Text the word HeadsUp to 50424. The HeadsUp text service is run by RehabCare and sponsored by Meteor.


Pieta House is a non-profit organisation providing a specialized treatment programme for people who have suicidal ideation or who participate in self-harming behaviours. Our service is FREE of CHARGE. HERE is a short video about Pieta House. You can find contact details for its Mid-West centre (in Mungret, Limerick) HERE.


Turning the Tide of Suicide: Founded to raise awareness and funding to lower the suicide rates in Ireland through dedicated research, educational support and intervention in the problem of suicide in Ireland.

National Office for Suicide Prevention:

Irish Association of Suicidology: The IAS set out to be a forum for all individuals and voluntary groups involved in any aspect of suicidology for the exchange of knowledge gained from differing perspectives and experiences.

Young People/Family Support

Young People/Family Support

Clarecare Family Support Services. See HERE for details, including parenting programmes, community childcare, adoption and post adoption support, support for families, teens and parents with children in care.  To find out more about Parenting Programmes, click HERE.

Childline: A 24-hour service for children and young people up to 18 years . Tel: 1800 666666 or see HERE.

Barnardos: Supporting children and families through providing a number of direct family support services located throughout the country 1850 222300

Parentline: Support, guidance and information on all aspects of being a parent 1890 927277 or see


Youth Services

Youth Services

Clare Youth Service exists to serve the county’s young people aged 12 -25. We do this in numerous ways – by providing information on rights and entitlements; by representing youth interests; by providing education and training; by organising or supporting youth clubs, projects and other activities run in local communities; by listening and befriending; by responding to ideas for activities generated by young people. Read more HERE

Teenline: Sometimes we can let things pile on top of us, it can be hard to figure a way out, talking may seem scary, but it helps when there’s someone there to really listen. Who ever you are……. Wherever you are from…… What ever the problem……. Contact Teenline Ireland free-phone 1800 833 634. Web HERE

Spunout: aims to guide young people through life with quality information, support and inspiration as well as providing a platform for young people to express their opinions, realise that they are not alone and get heard.