Mindful Nation Ireland
Mary is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Mindful Nation Ireland. After qualifying as a general nurse in 1999, she worked in the UK for Marie Curie Cancer Care, redesigning NHS and social care services to enable more people to be cared for and die at home. Following that, Mary worked for the Irish Hospice Foundation on a national programme to improve end-of-life care in hospitals. During this time, she developed a deep interest in human suffering and began to explore how compassion can help us meet dying, death and bereavement in a more meaningful way. She also began to practice mindfulness and, encouraged by how it greatly benefitted her life, combined with the growing body of scientific research demonstrating its value, she trained as a mindfulness teacher with the Institute of Mindfulness Based Approaches in 2014. Next, she started to explore opportunities for bringing mindfulness and compassion more into the mainstream. At this time, she met Michael Griffith, who was a participant on one of her courses. Inspired by Michael’s recent visit to Westminster to study their work in introducing mindfulness to the UK Parliament, together they set up Mindful Nation Ireland.