Meadbh Mac Sweeney

Clinic Director
CNS Lymphoedema, Medical Integrative Healthcare Therapist


Meadbh practices as a lymphoedema nurse consultant & Medical Integrative Healthcare Therapist.

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.

Qualifying as a therapist with the Dr Vodder School in Austria in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and decongestive lymphatic therapy (DLT) (specialised treatment of lymphoedema / lipoedema) Meadbh  subsequently trained as a teacher setting up the clinical centre of excellence; The Lymph Clinic, Cork, ( and the Dr Vodder School Ireland in 2019. 

Previous Chair and Co-Founder of the National Lymphoedema Framework Ireland (  & Director Education MLD Ireland ( ), Current member of European Lipoedema Association (ILA)

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 . 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.

Meadbh  will collaborate in a 2 year Breakthrough Cancer Research funded project on the ‘Value of Prospective Surveillance for cancer related lymphoedema (CRL) with UCC , Bon Secours Hospital Cork and The Lymph Clinic, commencing December 2021.


  • 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 4) 

  • Advanced MLD Teacher for the Dr Vodder Akademie Austria. (Meadbh has taught in Ireland, UK, French Montreal)

  • 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

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