Meet The Committee

As Cork is such a large branch, we have a large committee to match.  All of the committee members are volunteer mums who have found help from Cuidiú in the past and are doing their bit to give something back.  We also have a huge team of additional helpers all working hard behind the scenes to deliver many events across the county.



If you would like to help out on the committee please contact Alexie on or Melanie on

Committee meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 8.00pm, usually alternating between the City and East Cork.

Committee Member Bios

Alexie Ui Laoghaire

My name is Alexie, I am mum to 4 boys aged 8.5, 6 and 2.5 yr old twins. We did our antenatal class with Ger Cahill before our oldest son was born and got our Cuidiu membership included. I went to my first coffee morning in early March 2009 and many more in the following months. I returned to Cuidiu coffee mornings with my 2nd son and since my twins were 4 weeks old I have been to at least one if not more Cuidiu coffee mornings and events every week. Cuidiu is my saving grace, my social life, I am so glad I found it from the start! I joined the committee as Secretary 18 months ago and love being a part of growing Cuidiu Cork and bringing our support to as many Cork mums as we can via coffee mornings, events and our Facebook groups. I have made some brilliant friends too.

April Ross

Catherine Autret
My name is Catherine. I have a 2 year old boy. I am originally from France but i have lived in West Cork for over 10 years now. Being away from your family and friends is not always easy. Cuidiú has been a great way to get involved in the community and meet new friends. I am really enjoying breastfeeding counsellor training and having the opportunity to join the committee and increase the support for all parents in the area.

Cerianne Martin
Clare Luttrell
Deirdre Hackett
Helen Corcoran
Jane ORegan
Jen Kubik
Jennie Whitbread

Julia Kinsella
Hi my name is Julia and I’m originally from Australia. I am mum to a Paddy’s Day boy (2016) and due a second bub in June 2018. We moved to Ireland when my son was 4 months old and on our second day in Cork we attended to a Cuidiú coffee morning. I found Alexie, the host, so warm and welcoming along with other mums with whom I formed friendships. In mid 2017, I offered my time in a more official capacity, and in the latter half of the year I have been keeping a record of attendances at Cuidiú meets along with taking over the role as Cuidiú Cork Secretary.

Kathryn Foskin

Laura ODonovan
I’m Laura, mum to 3 girls & living in East Cork. I discovered Cuidiu while looking for breastfeeding support after my second baby. Being a stay at home mum the weekly coffee mornings saved my sanity with 2 under 2 & it’s why I’m so passionate about volunteering with Cuidiu now and offering the support to all parents especially new mums.

Liz Ahern

Madhu Panda
Hi, I’m Madhu, Mama to 2 boys aged 7.5 and nearly 4. I’m currently in the committee as Treasurer and also a trained P2P supporter. I have been in and out of the committee for a number of years now with my two pregnancies and paid job commitments. I love the committee and always leave our meetings feeling highly energised and wanting to do more!

Maeve Murray

Melanie Grace
When I moved to Ireland as a pregnant mum, it was a long and lonely year until I discovered Cuidiú but it really has made the difference.  I’ve been the Chair of Cork for a couple of years now, I’m also a trained P2P Supporter.  I am mum to Oliver who is 2.5.

Niamh ODea
Sarah Greene-Salm