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 700 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 21 February 2019.

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. Our annual Spring Meeting will take place on Saturday 30 March 2019 University College Cork, Co. Cork. We are delighted to confirm that our guest speaker is Dr Tony Foley, GP, Lecturer UCC and Lead of PREPARED Dementia project. In addition we welcome Dr Alison Tavare, GP and GP Clinical Lead consultant at the West of England AHSN, also was a member of the NICE Guidelines Development group for Sepsis. Dr Foley will address us on Dementia. Dr Tavare will hold a workshop on Sepsis.


If you have ideas or suggestions for what would benefit the membership locally please contact the Faculty - your views are important.

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Our blog

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

Faculty officers

John Cox. Faculty Chairman and ProvostDr John Cox Chairman and Provost

  • Dr Dermot Halpin - Honorary Secretary
  • Dr Joseph Martin - Honorary Treasurer 

Faculty Board members

  • Mr. Fionán Ó'Cuinneagáin - Lay Board Member
  • Dr Brendan O'Shea - Representative Northern Ireland
  • Dr Diarmuid Quinlan – RCGP Council Representative and Faculty Fellowship Lead
  • Dr Eamonn Shanahan Representative - ICGP Council
  • 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.

Faculty Events

The Faculty hosts their annual winter meeting on the first Friday in December each year. This event consists of a lecture from a guest speaker, presentations and prize giving.

As well as the winter meeting the faculty also hosts a spring meeting in March and their AGM in May.

Faculty Initiatives

1.  Awards and Prizes

Sheppard Memorial Prize 2018

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 Prizes winners presented their award winning essays at the RoI Faculty Winter meeting, 7 December 2018.

We are delighted to announce that the winners of the Sheppard memorial essay competitions 2018 are:

Postgraduate winner: Dr Ahmeda Ali (Irish College of General Practitioners)

Undergraduate winner : Ms Mina Dawood (University Limerick)

Read the winning essays here:

“Inspiring a New Generation of General Practitioners in Ireland” by Mina Dawood, 3rd year undergraduate student, University of Limerick


2. RCGP Travel Bursary

RCGP Travel Bursary is open to either a current registrar with an Irish training scheme or a graduate of an Irish training scheme within 5 years of graduation.

3. 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.

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: 003531 8961 510

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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