Croí, the West of Ireland Cardiac & Stroke Foundation

Croí is a registered Irish Heart and Stroke Charity (Established in 1985), based in Galway city in the West of Ireland. Croí’s aim is to lead the fight against heart disease and stroke, with a particular focus on the West/Northwest region of Ireland. Our work is organised under three main pillars: 1) Croí in the Community - From Prevention to Recovery, 2) Specialised and Innovative Health Programmes, 3) Advocacy, Policy Change and Empowerment.





Type of organisation:

NGO/ community-based organisation/ charity


  • Health services and health promotion


  • Development of education and training materials and programmes
  • Digitalization
  • European learning networks and exchanges
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Policy, advocacy and campaigns
  • Research
  • Scientific innovation

EU Project Experience

No experience

This organisation is new to EU funding and will be supported by the Access Europe team.

While Croí has not directly accessed EU funding in the past, at the time of writing (Aug 2023), we have joined a number of project applicaiton consortia for projects in the health/innovation space, and a number of our team members have significant EU project experience from previous roles.

EU Funding Goals

We have a broad and varied skill set within our multidisciplinary team that will bring substantial value to EU projects.

In years 1-2, we plan to develop our partnerships, network and build out our experience in participating in a number (2-4) of EU Projects. We have particular interest in the areas of community health, and digital healtht.

In years 3-5, we plan to further develop this capacity with a view to leading projects beyond year 5.


Croí's multidisciplinary team has experience across many elements of healthcare including:

  • psychology,
  • nursing,
  • physiotherapy,
  • dietetics,
  • occupational therapy,
  • exercise.

We also have strong capacity in legal/financial, governance, and project management.

Community is at the core of everything we do and we have a very strong network across the west and northwest of Ireland as well as excellent relationships with state/public organisations.

Our sister organisation (the National Institute for Prevention & Cardiovascular Health) originally developed from within Croí, and we are also affiliated to the Global Heart Hub, which connects us to an extensive network across Europe and worldwide.


Contact Name:

Mark O'Donnell

Job Title:

Head of Foundation & Chief Operations Officer

Email Address:
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