About our organisation

Community Awareness of Drugs was established in 1983 in response to the unprecendented drug-related issues that arose in communities in Leinster at the time. A national federation was established linking many groups throughout the country. In the 1990s CAD qualified as a registered charity to provide drug education opportunities for parents and community workers. In 1992, CAD launched its successful Family Focus programme which is a six session programme that promotes the role of the parent in reducing the demand for drugs.

Meet the Team

CAD is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation and registered charity that provides drug education and training programmes for parents, carers, vulnerable young people and the community voluntary sector.  Our staff members have extensive experience in designing and delivering drug prevention programmes in a broad range of communities.  We are committed to reducing the demand for drugs including alcohol.  We deliver both standard and tailored programmes based on the needs of individual groups.

Bernie McDonnell

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Bernie brings expertise and creativity to the design and delivery of CAD services.

Derek Byrne

CAD Tutor


As CAD Tutor, Derek brings a wealth of experience in the field of addiction training and education at all levels.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors brings a range of skills and expertise from education, justice, prevention, corporate, finance and community.

Gerry Donnelly, Chairman
Olivia Walsh, Treasurer
John Murphy, Company Secretary
Ancilla O’Reilly

Anthony Flynn

Eoghan Murphy

Niall Byrne