Who We are

Sally Murtagh – CEO


Sally is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cara Living. Cara Living was set up in 2020, to offer older people a choice to live in a community that Inspires Love of Life.

Sally began her career in the Hospitality industry and spent 10 years there before joining the NHS in Northern Ireland, where she had a humbling but formative beginning as a care giver.

In 2005, Sally set up Irish Homecare in County Monaghan. From being one of the first private providers in Domiciliary Care, Irish Homecare went on to become one of the leaders of the industry in Ireland. Sally worked in every department from recruitment to board level. Over the course of 15 years, Sally grew the company to more than 600 staff and won procurement agreements to provide services for the HSE in all 26 counties

During Sally’s tenure as CEO, the company won business awards in Q Mark. The company was short listed every year from 2012 to 2019 in their category, being runner up in 2015, 2018 and overall winner in 2019 before the company was sold in 2020 so that Sally could peruse Cara Living.

Cathal Hanratty – COO


Cathal is the Co-Founder, and COO of Cara living.

Cathal started his career working in engineering  roles in Motorola and  LogicaCMG and worked in the operations team in engineering, project and programme management. He left the corporate world in 2006 to work in the SME sector and since then has worked in senior management roles in a number of co-owned organisations. In 2011 he joined Irish Homecare to help it become one of the leading  private domiciliary care providers in Ireland.

Through his work with Irish HomeCare the values and passion for advancing the life experiences available to us as we age became a passionate goal for Cathal. In establishing Cara Living the goal is to enhance living experiences for people as we age gracefully  surrounded with care, compassion and opportunities of living.

Cathal qualified with a Diploma in Electronics from DKIT in 1994 and a Bsc in Information Technology from DCU in 2000.

Mairead Lyons – Head of Care & Support


Mairéad Lyons joined Cara Living in November 2021 as Head of Care and Support. 

 Mairéad has over 30 years’ experience in Community Services (Social Care – Older Persons Services and Disability) and Acute Hospital Care.  Mairéad is a Registered General Nurse (RGN) and a Registered Nurse Tutor (RNT).  She has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Nursing, a Masters of Science (MSc) in Nursing and a Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Leadership and Quality. 

Mairead’s nursing experience has been invaluable in the variety of senior operational roles she has held.  She has a proven track record including holding roles as Director of Nursing, General Manager/ Chief Executive Officer (CEO), HIQA Registered Person in Charge, HIQA Registered Provider Nominee, HIQA Senior Accountable Manager and Head of Service (Community Services).

Mairéad has developed and supported many committed and well-trained teams to provide quality and safe care and person-centred support.  She is passionate about developing integrated assisted living for persons over 55 years old and building teams of like-minded people to deliver kind and compassionate services.  

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Ronan Kirwan – Head of Finance


Ronan joined Cara Living in July 2022 as the Head of Finance.

Ronan is a highly accomplished, results-driven finance executive with more than 30 years of progressive experience in finance and operations management with start-ups, SMEs and global multi-billion-dollar organisations. He has held senior roles at Oracle Corporation, Yahoo!, and Hiab where he developed and implemented financial controls and processes, as well as productivity improvements and change management initiatives.

Ronan qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) in 1996 and plays an integral part in the financial governance and management of the company.