Republic of Ireland Faculty

Welcome from Republic of Ireland Faculty

A warm welcome from the Republic of Ireland Faculty. We are a group of volunteer RCGP members who provide local networking, education and support for members in the area. The Faculty supports almost 500 members, Fellows and Associates across the Republic of Ireland. The Faculty has a particular interest in supporting our members' CPD and professional development and provide a range of educational meetings, tailored to local needs, as well as bursaries and awards to support and recognise innovation and development.

Get involved

We meet four times per year in February, June, September and December to progress our local engagement activities and discuss issues pertinent to our members, which are then fed back to College Council. Our next meeting will take place on 10 February 2022.

Local members are very welcome to attend Board meetings and participate in these discussions. We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us develop our local engagement programme and to raise awareness of the demographic issues and needs of GPs and patients alike. If you would like to find out more about the Faculty and your local GP network we would be delighted to hear from you. 

Upcoming events

We provide educational events throughout the region and many of these events contribute to CPD and professional development 

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Faculty officers

  • Dr Diarmuid Quinlan Chairman and Provost and Faculty Fellowship Lead
  • Dr Joseph Martin, Honorary Treasurer

Faculty Board members

  • Dr ĺde Delargy, Representative RCGP Council
  • Dr John Gillman, Faculty Educator
  • Vacant: Representative, ICGP Council
  • Vacant: Representative RCGP Northern Ireland
  • Dr Mina Dawood, Student Representative
  • Dr John Cox
  • Dr Dermot Halpin
  • Dr Brendan O'Shea
  • Dr Conor O'Shea
  • Dr Mary Sheehan

Faculty News

Board meetings are held regularly throughout the year. If you would like an item to be considered at a future meeting, please contact us on the details below.


The ROI Faculty was delighted to be shortlisted among other great Faculties in the RCGP Vibrant Faculty of the year 2019. 

Inspire Awards

The Inspire Awards celebrate the invaluable contribution of RCGP members and the difference they make to better general practice and the RCGP. Two ROI Faculty members were recognised for their significant contribution to general medicine at the RCGP Inspire Awards 2019.

Dr Diarmuid Quinlan, was awarded RCGP Fellow of the Year 2019. This award recognises an RCGP Fellow who has gone over and above in their capacity as Fellow. 

Dr Henry Jack was awarded RCGP Lifetime Achievement Award 2019. As the name suggests, this award seeks to honour a spectacular RCGP Member for whom volunteering has formed a considerable element of their career. The winner of this award has contributed to local, regional or national voluntary initiatives or roles throughout the years with a focus on promoting general practice across the health and medical industry for the benefit of GPs and patients alike.

Faculty Events

Spring Meeting

The Republic of Ireland Spring Meeting took place virtually on Saturday morning, 27 March 2021.

We were delighted to have guest speakers Dr Rita Doyle GP and President, the Irish Medical Council and Dr Ray O'Connor, GP & Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, University of Limerick 

Dr Rita Doyle presented on

Role of the Medical Council’ and  ‘Prioritisation of Transitional Care’

 Dr Ray O'Connor presented on

"Exercise as Medicine"

In addition to speakers, the ROI Faculty hosted the final of the all-Island undergraduate medical Clinical Case Presentation Competition. All medical schools on the island of Ireland were invited to hold local competitions and to send two students forward. Each team made a 10minute PowerPoint presentation of a case reflecting general practice care from either the hospital or general practice caseload with a focused literature review. This is followed by 35 minutes of questions from the moderators and the floor. This year the finalists of this competition were Queens University Belfast and University College Dublin.

Warmest congratulations to Jennifer Bruton and Sarah Fennelly from University College Dublin who won the All Island Clinical Cases Presentation Competition 2021.


Winter Meeting

The Republic of Ireland Faculty Winter Meeting was held virtually on Saturday 28 November 2020.

The academic program will commenced with the winners of the Sheppard memorial prizes essay competition 2020 who will presented their essays.

Guest speakers included Prof Amanda Howe, President of the Royal College of General Practitioners who presented to us on "Light in Dark Times”: How professional networks make a difference to our lives as GP’s and Dr Laurence Dorman, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners Northern Ireland who presented to us on “Dear Colleague” Improving the interface between primary care and secondary care.


Faculty Initiatives

1. Awards and Prizes

Sheppard Memorial Prizes Competition 2021

This competition commemorates Dr Jack Sheppard, who was a well-known GP in Dublin, elected Provost and founder member of the RCGP East of Ireland. He was a great beneficiary to the RCGP in Ireland. The Sheppard Memorial Prize is awarded annually by the Republic of Ireland Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

The essay competition is open to all undergraduate medical students and postgraduate doctors who are within five years of completing general practice training. The essay must be minimum 1,500 words and maximum 3,000 words in length and should be on a subject pertinent to General Practice in Ireland, past or present. It should include relevant literature, but particular credit will be given for original thought and relevance general practice.

Essays can be either:

  1. Science based content (focused literature review, audit or original research)
  2. Traditional essay content (reflective or narrative style)

Marks are awarded for overall presentation, structure, research, conclusions and relevance to general practice

The value of the Prize is: 

  • €750: Postgraduate winner
  • €250: Undergraduate winner

The Prizes winner should be prepared to make a presentation of their findings at the RCGP RoI Winter Meeting taking place on 4 December 2021.

The winning essays will be published on the RCGP website.

Opening date to submit entries is 30 August 2021 for entries for the 2020 Sheppard memorial prizes competitionClosing date for submission of entries is Monday 5 November at 17.00.


Sheppard Memorial Prize 2020

We are delighted to announce that the winners of the Sheppard memorial essay competitions 2020 were:

Postgraduate winner: Dr John Travers,  HSE TCD Dublin Mid GP Training Scheme

Read Dr Travers winning essay "The Longest March"

Undergraduate winner: Ms Anita Lucey, University College Cork

Read Anita Lucey's winning essay  "My Girl Friday: How can GPs protect their secretarial staff from an increasingly demanding public?"

Read more about the high standards of essays entered into the Sheppard Memorial Prizes Competition 2020, the 'Class of COVID'.

Read all the essays entered for the Sheppard Memorial Prize 2020.

2. Fellowship

We have a Faculty Fellowship Committee to consider and support the nomination process. The Republic of Ireland has a very active Fellowship programme with several distinguished General Practitioners due to receive their Fellowship later this year. If you wish to join the Fellowship committee or know of a GP who would be suitable for a nomination please contact

Take a read at Testimonials from two of our recently awarded fellows of the Royal College of General Practitioners. 

Contact us

RCGP Republic of Ireland Faculty
c/o ICGP
4/5 Lincoln Place
Dublin 2

T: Tel: 0044 7876030474 

Office Hours

Office opening hours: 08:00 – 16:30 Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

Your local Faculty Support Officer is Suzanne Manning.

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