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 12 November 2020.

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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Our blog

  • Read our blog to find out more about our key projects, local events and highlights of our work.

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Faculty officers

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

Faculty Board members

  • Dr ĺde Delargy, Representative RCGP Council
  • Mr Fionán Ó'Cuinneagáin, Lay Board Member
  • Dr John Gillman, Faculty Educator
  • Dr Brendan O'Shea, Representative Northern Ireland
  • Vacant :Representative, ICGP Council
  • Dr Mina Dawood, Student Representative
  • Dr Dermot Halpin
  • Dr Henry Jack
  • 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

Winter Meeting

The Republic of Ireland Faculty Winter Meeting will be held virtually on Saturday 28 November at 10:00am

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

Guest speakers include Prof Amanda Howe, President of the Royal College of General Practitioners and Dr Laurence Dorman, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners Northern Ireland. To register for this event email 

There is no charge for this event.


Faculty Initiatives

1. Awards and Prizes

Sheppard Memorial Prizes Competition 2020

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 2020.

The winning essays will be published on the RCGP website.

Opening date to submit entries is 07 September 2020 for entries for the 2020 Sheppard memorial prizes competitionClosing date for submission of entries is Friday 13 November  at 17.00.


Sheppard Memorial Prize 2019

We are delighted to announce that the winners of the Sheppard memorial essay competitions 2019 were:

Postgraduate winner: Dr Louise Fitzgerald, HSE Dublin Mid Leinster GP Training Scheme

Undergraduate winner: Ms Sue Zann Gan, Trinity College Dublin


Read Dr Fitzgearld's winning essay:

  • Living in Limbo by Dr Louise Fitzgerald, 4th Year GP Trainee, HSE Dublin Mid Leinster GP Training Scheme

Read Sue Zann's winning essay:

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 or on 003531 8961 510.

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
Institute of Public Health & Primary Care
School of Medicine
Trinity College
6th Floor Russell Centre
Tallaght Cross
Dublin D24 DH74

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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