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 September 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


The Republic of Ireland AGM took place on Saturday 4 May 2019 at 8am in the Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 D01 T1W6.

We were delighted to appoint and welcome Dr ĺde Delargy, Dr John Gillman and Dr Emer Loughrey to join the RoI Faculty Board. The 2020 AGM will be held on Saturday 2 May in the Dublin Convention Centre.

Winter Meeting and Dinner

The Republic of Ireland Winter Meeting and dinner will be held on Friday 6 December 2019 in the Stephen's Green Hibernian Club, Dublin 2.

We are delighted to announce that this years guest speaker is Ms. Laura Magahy, Executive Director, Sláintecare.

The theme for Laura's talk is: "Sláintecare and General Practice - What are the next steps?"

Register your interest or phone 0186 391 510

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Faculty officers

John Cox. Faculty Chairman and Provost
Dr John Cox Chairman and Provost

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

Faculty Board members

  • Dr ĺde Delargy, Assistant RCGP Representative
  • 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 John Gillman
  • Dr Henry Jack
  • Dr Emer Loughrey
  • 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

Spring Meeting 

The Republic of Ireland Spring Meeting was held on 30 March 2019 in University College Cork.

The academic program commenced with an All Island Undergraduate Clinical Case Presentation Competition, with teams from University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick and Trinity College Dublin presenting cases, together with a focused literature review, followed by some rigorous questioning from the adjudicators and audience.The winning team, Anne Molony and Aiswarya Ajith from UCD were judged as the winners of the all Island Undergraduate Clinical Case Presentation Competition 2019.

Guest speaker, Dr Tony Foley, GP and Lecture, UCC presented on Dementia in General Practice, with an evidence based reflection on what people with dementia and their families really need, informed by funded and published project work in Kinsale, and elsewhere. The final academic element of the meeting included a Workshop on ‘Sepsis – spreading the NEWS,’ facilitated by Dr Alison Tavare, Clinical Lead West of England AHSN, and Hannah Little RN, Senior Project Manager. 

Faculty Initiatives

1. Awards and Prizes

Sheppard Memorial Prizes Competition 2019

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 (focussed 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, 6 December 2019.

The winning essays will be published on the RCGP website.

Opening date to submit entries is 15 September 2019 for entries for the 2019 Sheppard memorial prizes competitionClosing date for submission of entries is Friday 25 October at 17.00.


Sheppard Memorial Prize 2018

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

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

Undergraduate winner: Ms Mina Dawood (University Limerick)

Read Mina's winning essay:

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

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.

Warmest congratulations to Dr Mary Davin-Power and Dr Michael Clarke who were awarded fellowship on the 17 May 2019.

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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