What We Do

Good Shepherd Ireland (GSI) was created as a structure to support and coordinate the ministries of the Irish Province.

It took shape through broad consultation with sisters, mission partners and other stakeholders.

Good Shepherd Ireland works with people affected by poverty, violence and discrimination. At Good Shepherd Ireland we believe no-one should be left behind. Together we work with communities in Ireland and internationally to tackle poverty and inequality.

Good Shepherd Sisters St. Mary’s Waterford

Good Shepherd Sisters St. Mary’s (St. Mary’s) was created as a voluntary housing association in 1994.

Its aim is to provide a high quality, person-centred service for vulnerable female adults based on the principles of commitment, excellence, accountability and respect, providing support and care for residents for the remainder of their lives.

This is achieved through:

  • The provision of safe, secure, quality accommodation for independent supported living
  • Encouraging residents to maintain regular contact with family members as far as possible
  • Encouraging residents to socialise and engage with the local community
  • Involving service users in event planning
  • Collaboration with service users in the local community
  • Ongoing support for former residents who require nursing care which St Mary’s can no longer provide
  • Encouraging and supporting ongoing professional development for staff.

Staff have responded to the needs of the residents particularly while Covid-19 restrictions have been in place. A variety of activities has continued to be offered and residents have been facilitated in keeping in contact with relatives by phone and video calls when visits in person have not been possible.

Beechlawn House Nursing Home

Beechlawn House Nursing Home provides a continuum of social and medical care designed to support the needs of its residents, many of whom are living with chronic health problems that affect their ability to perform everyday activities.

Its design is dementia friendly and it has a bed capacity of 56: 40 single en-suite and 8 double en-suite bedrooms. Bedrooms have lovely views of our beautiful gardens and courtyards with some having views of the main entrance into the Campus. All rooms are fully furnished including flat screen televisions.

The bedrooms are divided into 3 wings:

  • Grafton Wing
  • O'Connell Wing
  • Liffey Wing

Each wing is complemented with lounge areas, corridor seating and a dining room. Residents are free to have access to all the lounge and day space in the entire Nursing Home. 

Throughout the building a bright colourful décor creates a sense of warmth and homeliness. A hallmark of Beechlawn House Nursing Home is the high standard of the care and service. The Home is set in a quiet residential area of Drumcondra in a gated community with a secure landscape garden for the Residents, Families and Friends of Beechlawn to enjoy.

Beechlawn House Nursing Home is registered with the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) as a designated centre under section 50 of the Health Act, 2007 on the Older Persons Register and has had regular inspections, most recently in November 2020. This short notice announced inspection awarded Beechlawn 100% compliance with HIQA regulations. 

To read Beechlawn House Nursing Home's Standard of Practice (1st September 2023) - click HERE

Sharing Fair

We were created with a vocation to work…
Work is a necessity, part of the meaning of life on this earth…
Helping the poor financially must always be a provisional solution in the face of pressing needs.
The broader objective should always be to allow them a dignified life through work.


Sharing Fair was established in the Irish Province in 2005, as part of an international Good Shepherd network, to facilitate training of women in the production and sales of handcrafts. Many volunteers supported the sisters by bringing goods for sale throughout the island of Ireland. Since 2005, Sharing Fair in Ireland has supported hundreds of women in more than 40 centres in 20 countries. Many positive narratives have confirmed that the lives of individuals and families, and even small communities, have been transformed through the support of Sharing Fair. We are profoundly grateful to all those who gave their time and energy to contribute to this project.

It has become clear that this model is not sustainable. Sharing Fair Belfast no longer runs sales of work. However, Sharing Fair in Belfast will continue to focus on fundraising for Good Shepherd initiatives in low and middle-income countries. We look forward to continuing our support in the coming years as new needs are presented.

Justice Peace

“Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world
fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel,
or, in other words, of the Church's mission for the redemption of the human race
and its liberation from every oppressive situation.”

(Justice in the World: Synod of Catholic Bishops, 1971. No 6)

The Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd was granted special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 1996. The current NGO Main Representative and Director of the Good Shepherd International Justice Peace Office (GSIJPO) in New York is Sr. Winifred Doherty from Ireland. Sr. Winifred heads a team of international NGO representatives based in New York, Switzerland (Geneva), Madagascar, Brazil and Beirut. To read more about the GSIJPO click the button below:

Good Shepherd Position Papers

In 2011, the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd published a set of Good Shepherd Position Papers to serve as a tool toward relevant development of programmes, policy, and advocacy.

This 2018 Position Papers update encompasses the Congregational Chapter Direction statement of 2015. It integrates insights of Catholic Social Teaching, including teaching of our current Pope Francis; it draws on the international work of our Congregational Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) representative at the United Nations (UN), including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

To read more about the Position Papers, click here:

To access the Good Shepherd Position Papers on Migration, Economic Justice, Girl Child, Trafficking, Prostitution, and Integral Ecology, click here:

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