About The Lymph Clinic


The Lymph Clinic team offers an integrative approach to health ; while recognising the unique and intrinsic worth of each individual. Highly specialist training for the treatment of lymphedema, lipoedema and other lymphatic-related disorders, means clients can be assured of the very best therapeutic experience , supported by local ,national and international expertise in the field.


Committed to the health and well being of our clients, treatments are offered with compassion, kindness and integrity, in a safe and secure environment


Our vision is to be valued as a leader in patient support and professional guidance by providing best practices in clinical excellence and academic expertise.

Meadbh Mac Sweeney, RGN, MPH
Lymphoedema Nurse Consultant & Clinic Director
Medical Integrative Healthcare Therapist,
The Lymph Clinic , Suite 1,
Cork Clinic, Western Road, Cork.
Tel: 021 4347351
Email: meadbh@thelymphclinic.ie

Director of The Lymph Clinic, Meadbh Mac Sweeney qualified as a Registered General Nurse specialising with a post graduate training in Paediatrics subsequently embarking on a different path by studying comprehensively in the field of integrative medicine with renowned Integrative Medical Oncologist Dr Rosy Daniel of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre. She set up the clinical centre of excellence; the Lymph Clinic, Cork Clinic, Western Rd, Cork in 2010 (www.thelymphclinic.ie)   where she currently practices as a lymphoedema nurse consultant & medical integrative healthcare therapist.                                                                             

Qualifying as a therapist in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and decongestive lymphatic therapy (DLT) (specialised treatment of lymphoedema / lipoedema) in 2000 and subsequently as an Advanced teacher with the Dr Vodder School in Austria ( teaching all levels and Reviews) Meadbh set up the Dr Vodder School Ireland in 2019. www.drvodderireland.ie

Previous Chair and Co-Founder of the National Lymphoedema Framework Ireland (www.nlfireland.ie)  & Director Education MLD Ireland (www.mldireland.com ), Founding member of International Lipoedema Association (ILA) 2021 https://theila.net/ressources/for-patients   

Meadbh completed a Masters in Public Health UCC, 2018 , her thesis was designed to identify and develop key performance indicators (KPI’s) for lymphoedema services in Ireland; and was published the same year in the Journal of Lymphoedema Vol 14 no1 https://www.woundsinternational.com/journals/issue/580/article-details/developing-key-performance-indicators-lymphoedema-service-ireland-using-ic-delphi-technique) . A follow up Pilot Study to test the feasibility of the KPIs at UHL Lymphoedema service proved them to be understandable, objective, reliable, quantifiable and relevant to patient outcome.

Research & Academic Achievements


2021 International Lymphoedema Framework ( ILF) Best Poster Award

For the collaborative Breakthrough Cancer Research (BCR) research project currently undergoing between 
The Lymph Clinic, Bon Secours Hospital & UCC School of Public Health .

Other Publications

“I Cry. I Simply Cry.” An Ethnography of a Lymphedema Summer Camp

Published Online:15 Oct 2021

Lymphatic Research and Biology Vol. 19, No. 5 Original Articles

Development of Self-Efficacy Tools for Parents and Professionals Caring for Children and Young People with Lymphedema (ILF Parent SE and ILF Professional SE)
Published Online:15 Oct 2021 https://doi.org/10.1089/lrb.2021.0059

Lymphatic Research and Biology Vol. 19, No. 5 Original Articles

A Snapshot of Lymphedema in Ireland: Results from LIMPRINT

Published Online:15 Oct 2021https://doi.org/10.1089/lrb.2021.0061 Lymphatic Research and Biology Vol. 19, No. 5

Professional Associations   

Co-Founding Board member: National Lymphoedema Framework Ireland (NLFI) www.nlfi.ie  

Co-Founding Board member & Director Education MLD Ireland www.mldireland.com  

Accredited Tutor – Dr Vodder Academy International https://www.vodderakademie.com/ 

Founder & Director of  Dr Vodder Ireland School : www.drvodderireland.ie                   

DrVodder MLD Tuition Course information available on :  https://drvodderireland.ie/collections/mld-tuition-courses 

Founder & Director of The Lymph Clinic: www.thelymphclinic.ie  


Professional qualifications   

  • Registered General Nurse (Bon Secours Hospital Cork)
  • Registered Sick Childrens Nurse (Temple Street Children’s Hospital Dublin)
  • Aromatherapist (ITEC)
  • Biofeedback Reflexologist (ITEC)
  • Remedial Massage Therapist (Northern Institute UK)
  • Chi Massage (IHCA)
  • Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) Therapist (Dr Vodder Level 3)        
  • Advanced MLD Teacher for the Dr Vodder Akademie Austria. (Meadbh has taught in Ireland, UK, French Montreal to date)
  • Health Creation Mentor, 40-hour training module with Dr Rosy Daniel, specialist in integrative medical oncology, 2009
  • Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care, Bristol Cancer Help Centre and University of West England,
  • Deep Listening Levels 1 and 2, 40-hour modules on listening skills, Ros Oliver 2006-2007
    Wisdom and Compassion in Care of the Dying, 40-hour training module, Christine Longaker, 2001
  • Complimentary Courses attended:
  • Complementary Therapies in Palliative Care, (St Francis Hospice, Dublin)
    Boundless Healing Skills in Visualisation and Healing
    Looking into the Mirror of The Mind, Dzigar Kontrul Rimpoche

Antoinette O’Connor


My Name is Antoinette O Connor.  I qualified as a Registered General Nurse having trained at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Dublin, and a post graduate training as Operating Theatre Nurse.   After a successful nursing career over three decades in the Mater Hospital, Dublin and Bon Secours Hospital Cork in the Operating Theatres which I loved I decided to take a different road.

In 2019 I qualified in Manual Lymphatic Training (MLD) and Decongestive Lymphatic therapy (DLT) with the Dr Vodder school in Cork.

I also completed MLD Advanced Neck & Face course in Dublin with Ann Branham Dr Vodder school with a view to concentrating on a holistic approach to general wellbeing.
Personally, I am friendly person I love spending time with friend and family, my interests are Travel, Cooking and Yoga.  I love being in or on the Sea and my new focus is Nordic Walking which I am just getting started with.
I am looking forward to meeting you all as time goes by.

Antoinette O’Connor

MLD Therapist

Gregorio Segatto


Greg (Gregorio Segatto)

Qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2006, I worked in oncology from 2006 to 2020. I moved in Ireland in 2015 working for the BSH Cork in oncology. Relevant qualifications:

  • Remedial massage in 2017 – NIM UK
  • Orthopaedic Sports Massage Diploma – ICOM Cork (Physical therapy lv 1 at the time)
  • Advance remedial massage in 2018 – NIM UK
  • MLD Level 1 & 2 in 2017 – Dr Vodder School Ireland
  • Orthopaedic Sports Therapy Diploma in 2018 – ICOM Cork (Physical therapy lv 2 at the time)
  • MLD/ CDT Level 3 in 2018 – Dr Vodder School in Cork
  • Spinal Manipulative Therapy Diploma in 2019 – ICOM Cork (Physical therapy lv 3 at the time)

I am on my way o become a fully qualified osteopath. I use a combination of the methods that I studied to find relief from pain.

Susan Gallagher

MSc(Res), BHlthSc (TCM), L.Ac

I’m a Integrative Medicine Practitioner with over 15 years’ experience. I have been supporting cancer patients for the last 10 years. During this time, I have observed and actively participated in making progress in this field.

My career started in Dublin, Ireland where I qualified as an acupuncturist. After relocating to Sydney, I completed a Bachelor of Health Science in Chinese Medicine, Master’s in Science (Research) and the well-regarded Dr. Vodder manual lymphatic drainage training. I have been a member of the Allied health teams delivering high-quality care to patients in four major Sydney hospitals. In 2023 I relocated to Cork, Ireland and was delighted to join The Lymph Clinic team and have the opportunity to work with oncologist and medical professionals at The Cork Clinic.


Acupuncture is a safe, effective therapy that can be accessed at any time throughout life.

Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and are used to stimulate acupoints on various areas of the body in order to promote healing, increase blood circulation, ease pain and balance hormones. It can also be used to trigger the parasympathetic nervous system which effectively improves mood, digestion, and sleep. Finally, acupuncture can be a powerful modality for supporting the immune system and correcting subtle imbalances that precede physical symptoms. Within an acupuncture treatment other tools may be used such as cupping, gua sha or electro-acupuncture to treat larger muscle groups or strengthen a therapeutic effect.

Acupuncture benefits patients with a wide range of disorders, such as:

  • Back, joint and bone pain 
  • Muscle aches and injuries
  • Fatigue and insomnia
  • Bloating and reflux
  • Constipation and diarrhoea
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Anxiety, stress and depression
  • Low immunity
  • Hot flushes
  • Neuropathy
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Dry mouth and mouth sores

Oncology Acupuncture

Due to the ever-increasing awareness, research and evidence, acupuncture has become integrated into cancer care and is available globally in most hospitals, hospices and clinics. Acupuncture is used to help alleviated or minimise the side effects of oncology treatment, as well as promote recovery. Susan Gallagher is an Integrative Medicine Practitioner who has been supporting cancer patients for 10 years and has an in-depth understanding of the physical and emotional toll of cancer. Susan uses evidence-based practice to manage the side effects of oncology treatment, support your recovery and help improve your quality of life.

During my treatments I will work on addressing the biological, psychological and spiritual aspects of health and illness unique to each client.

Tailored Care for Each Client: 3 Step Plan


I’ll begin your session with a thorough assessment that starts with listening to your story. Then I will ask questions about your medical history, work situation, hobbies, diet, exercise regime and family situation to get a comprehensive picture. This helps me establish the right goals for you and implement the appropriate treatment steps.


Once I clearly understand your situation, identify your limitations and establish your goals, I’ll deliver your treatment plan, which may include acupuncture, cupping, electro-acupuncture and auricular-acupuncture. Melding Chinese and Japanese acupuncture, my treatments are very gentle and you will receive the best of care in a peaceful and safe environment.


Some people will require the management of the physical side effects of their cancer treatment on an ongoing basis. Together we will create an ongoing management plan that suits you and your lifestyle. Teaching self-management techniques and providing a range of coping strategies, are all aspects of the maintenance service.

Call Susan on 085 2858488
Email: info@susangallagher.ie