Student Nurse Training with Trinity College Dublin

Stewarts has a proud tradition of training nurses in the field of intellectual disabilities since the establishment of the School of Nursing in 1971. The undergraduate nursing programme is run in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin (TCD). The four-year programme is divided between theoretical education in TCD and the practical component with Stewarts and affiliated services.

TCDApplications for the undergraduate programme are made through the Central Applications Office (CAO - Information regarding the application process can be found at the Nursing Careers Centre (

Candidates who qualify for registration with An Bord Altranais ( and who satisfy the requirements of the University may apply to be conferred with a degree in Nursing Studies from Trinity College, and will be eligible to register as Registered Nurse in Intellectual Disability (RNID).

Our aim is to develop student's knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values in preparation for their role as competent, responsible, accountable RNID's. Nursing students are treated as responsible, mature and capable individuals, who are active in their learning as opposed to being passive recipients of information.

Stewarts Care Adapted Physical Activity Centre

Stewarts Adapted Physical Activity (APA) Centre has grown from strength to strength since its establishment in 2007. The Centre provides a range of physical activity programmes that incorporates gym based physical activity sessions, swimming lessons, motor activities training programmes, athletics training, physical education sessions as well as Special Olympics specific training and competition for athletes. All programmes are designed to improve the health and well-being of service users. The programmes are adapted to meet the individual needs of service users, providing both group and 1:1 sessions as required. DCU

The APA Centre has developed strong on-going links with Dublin City University Dept. of Health and Human Performance. Now in its 4th year, 40 Sports Science and Health students undertake a 10-week placement in the APA Centre as part of the practical component of their APA module, where they work 1:1 with service users on both land and water based activities. Over the last seven years, ten students from this course have also completed their 6-month INTRA (practical work experience) placements in the APA Centre, gaining practical experience via the provision of various physical activity opportunities for service users.

Stewarts Library


The library at Stewarts is a joint-use library. Originally, it was a medical library for staff and students. On 23rd March, 2000, Stewarts library joined in partnership with South Dublin County Council libraries and it now delivers both medical resources to our staff and a part time public library service to Palmerstown. It’s a small dynamic place offering internet access, wifi, books, journals, medical databases, newspapers, DVD’s, etc It’s a place to study, research and relax. Most importantly, our service users benefit from this inclusive environment and are encouraged to use the library and its services independently or with their carers. It is a successful working example of how partnerships can enhance and extend the readership and use of a small library.

Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm

Friday 10am to 3pm

Closed every day for lunch 12.30 to 1pm.

Stewarts School

Stewarts School is under the patronage of Stewarts Care and was established in 1964. It caters for students aged four to eighteen years with moderate to profound intellectual disability and complex special educational needs. The school is currently located in both Palmerstown and Rossecourt, Lucan . The Department of Education and Skills have plans to build a new school on the Rossecourt campus. For more information on Stewarts School, please follow this link - stewartsschool

Family Network 2000

Family Network 2000 is the coming together of family members to support service users in Stewarts Care.

It was set up in 2000 by family members to fill the void for family support in the Stewarts Care system. The group holds coffee mornings on the last Thursday of each month at 10.45 in Rossecourt Day Centre. This is an opportunity for parents/guardians to meet for an informal chat. During the year members from the Executive Committee meet with the Stewarts Care CEO Brendan O’Connor on at least 3 occasions. This gives an opportunity to discuss relevant topics and issues raised by our members. The Executive Committee meet on the last Wednesday of each month.

The current Executive Committee are as follows:

John Hynes (Chairperson); Stephanie Coen (Secretary); Moira Skelly (Treasurer)

Committee Members:

Beth Graham; Evelyn Taylor; Maeve Scanlon; Damien Douglas; Deirdre Cuffe; Patricia O'Reilly; Una Barrett; Frankie Dalton.

Stewarts Care is working to establish more family involvement which will be represented on Family Engagement Committees.

  • John Hynes is a family member on the Stewarts Care Board of Directors.
  • Stephanie Coen is a family member on the Respite Committee.
  • Damien Douglas is a family member on the Human Rights Committee.

Family Network 2000 is always encouraging family members to become involved.

If you wish to make contact with us, our email address is:

SDCDA/CP South Dublin County Disability Advisory / Consultative Panel

The establishment of the Panel was a joint initiative of South Dublin County Council (SDCC) and the South Dublin County Development Board (SDCDB). It is a progression of the practice within the County to encourage high participation and feedback from disabled people during consultation events, such as those held for the development of the South Dublin County Council Disability Act Implementation Plan and the County Strategy. SDCDB

Membership is voluntary and all members have a personal or professional interest in ensuring that facilities, services and activities that the County Council and the County Development Board deliver are designed to be accessible to the entire community. There is an incredible wealth of knowledge and personal experience within the Panel which provides an invaluable resource for the Council and CDB to draw upon.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics Stewarts Care has a long standing relationship with Special Olympics. For many athletes the Special Olympics represents reaching the pinnacle of their sporting career. Since the inauguration of Special Olympics in Ireland, athletes from Stewarts Care have competed in a wide range of sports such as athletics, aquatics, motor activities training programme and equestrian at regional, national and at international level.