Over the last couple of years I’ve been putting together a small waiting room library of books for my patients to read. I thought of the idea after visiting a restaurant where they had left  cookery books lying around for patrons to look at while waiting for their food.  The challenge was choosing suitable reading …Read the Rest


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I don’t usually get emotional listening to the proceedings of our national parliament but this week found myself overwhelmed and tearful while listening to a speech by our Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. He was apologising, on behalf of the Irish State and its citizens, to women who had been incarcerated in a group of Catholic church …Read the Rest

Anyone who’s been in my office in the last year or so might have noticed two little girls looking down at them from my wall.   The photo caught my eye at an exhibition by Galway photographer Joe O’Shaughnessy a few years ago so I bought it, not really knowing where to put it.  Recently, in an effort …Read the Rest

Although I sometimes flatter myself that patients actually look forward to seeing me for their appointments, the reality is that for most, attending doctor appointments can be a bit of a chore. Medical appointments themselves don’t take that long but the process of getting there often does. There’s the time off work or childcare to consider, finding …Read the Rest

I was a junior doctor when I experienced my first episode. The strange thing is, that despite my medical training (I may have bunked off a few of the relevant lectures in medical school), I didn’t recognise the symptoms. I had lost my appetite and had lost weight.  I wasn’t sleeping and was irritable, angry …Read the Rest

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit in on a doctors appointment with a patient with a similar illness to yours? Wouldn’t it be interesting to listen in  to see how they approach discussions with their (your) doctor, whether they’ve got the same concerns and side effects as you’re experiencing? Can …Read the Rest

The Middle.

Dec 23


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There’s a little boy inside me that still titters at a particular type of smutty British seaside postcard. The range of postcards, popular in the 1950’s, featured double entendre gags illustrated by cartoons of buxom bathing ladies, naughty vicars, randy milkmen and hen pecked husbands One of my favourites features an exchange between a younger …Read the Rest


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Galway hosted Irelands’ first Performing Arts Medicine Conference in October of this year. The theme of our inaugural conference was the health of musicians. Our panel of speakers included health care practitioners from diverse specialty backgrounds such as Neurology, Psychiatry, Rheumatology, Primary care, Psychology, Anatomy, Occupational Medicine, Occupational therapy, Osteopathy and of course, our patient experts. I have included …Read the Rest


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  Are you a health care professional who has a commerical idea involving technology that could improve health but don’t know where to start ?  Undoubtedly inspired by the enthusiasm (and success) of the entrepreneurs presenting, this was one of the hot topics of discussion at the .Med medical innovation meeting in Dublin this month. Here’s …Read the Rest

My father loves to attend the Cheltenham horse racing festival every year. The meeting, which is one of the biggest on the horse racing calendar is a celebration of Irish Horse racing that takes place in the UK and draws a crowd of over 200,000. As he has got older, the hectic pace of the …Read the Rest