Meet Our Team

Here at Galway Community Café, we have a team of people here to meet with you.

David Bohan

Peer Connector

Hi my name is David.
The ethos of my role as peer connector is to support someone to be the best version of themselves to achieve a good life.
Outside of the café my passion is horses, and all things equestrian. Love horror movies, although they don’t make them like they used too.
I was awarded a masters of law from National University of Ireland, Galway. My thesis was entitled “Involuntary Treatment and Detention of People with Psychosocial Disabilities: A Comparative Analysis of Irish Law”. Before joining the café, I worked for the citizens information service in Galway, and I have previously volunteered with a local peer support grassroots group.
The most inspiration statement I have read, is by Eleanor Roosevelt
“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works”

Cathleen Cunningham

Team Lead

Hello everyone I am Cathleen.
I feel privileged to be back in my home county having spent many years in various parts of the world. One of my core values is integrity. Integrity for me brings with it authenticity and humanity which I feel are key to trusting and empowering relationships. To avoid getting too serious about life I find laughter is key to resilience. Some of the things that make me laugh are surfing (which I am so bad at), feel good comedy, cycling downhill, leaning into the wind and my ability to make embarrassing mistakes. I am a fantastic role model for making huge mistakes, shaking myself off and carrying on. The rest of my story you can get when you come along and get to know me and the team.
PS Professional background includes a degree in Mental Health Practice Development with modules in D/deafness and mental health. I love learning and am currently in my third year of a Master's programme where the focus is on Compassion, Insight and Wisdom. A lifelong student of the human mind, our shared capacity for kindness and humanity to all beings.

Geraldine O'Connor

Peer Connector

My name is Geraldine.
I am studying Peer Support in DCU. I also facilitate a peer support group for ex service users from St. Patrick's Mental Health Services in Dublin.
I like to share my recovery story. I find joy in the simple things in life like a walk or having a cup of tea with friends. Sometimes we need someone to talk to and offer hope in dark times. It's ok not to be ok.
Please come see us in the café. We are better when we are together.

Rachel Maher

Peer Connector

Hello!
My name is Rachel, a proud Galway girl, who enjoys the crisp, fresh Atlantic air, pointing a camera at things, as well as the occasional bout of adventure and exploration.
I am a proud LGBTQ+ and mental health advocate, and I believe it is important to meet people where they are at, regardless of what has been or is yet to come.
Hope to see you in the café soon!

Danni Burke

Peer Connector

Hi. I am Danni,
I grew up here in Galway City. I live by the sea with my dog Lexi. I love learning about nature and the world we live in. I enjoy collecting houseplants and growing some vegetables.
I am proud to be Autistic and ADHD. I am passionate about connecting with people and working together to improve health outcomes.
I hope you will come visit us in the café.