About The Lymph Clinic

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

MLD Therapist

Antoinette qualified in Manual Lymphatic Training (MLD) and Decongestive Lymphatic therapy (DLT) with the Dr Vodder School in Cork in 2019. 

She has over 30 years’ experience in the health sector, working as a Registered General Nurse and Operating Theatre Nurse the Mater Hospital, Dublin and as a Theatre Sister CNM   in the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork.

Antoinette has a commitment to developing a holistic approach to wellbeing and has progressed her MLD training through completion of the

MLD Advanced Neck & Face course in Dublin with Ann Branham, Dr Vodder School.