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Patricia Hallahan, Director of Education, Research and Training

Patricia is responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of education, research and training in Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services. Before joining OLH&CS in October 2010, Patricia was the Director of the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre at St James’s Hospital, Dublin.  She has many years senior management experience in national and international organisations, in the public and not-for profit sectors.  She has spent twelve years working in Asia and Africa, and her interests include planning, implementing andevaluating health, education and human rights interventions, quality assurance systems and interagency collaboration in the public and not-for-profit sectors.

Tel: (01) 406 8795


Declan Walsh, Professor of Palliative Medicine

Dr Declan Walsh has held a joint Chair as the Fottrell Professor of Palliative Medicine at Trinity and University Colleges Dublin since 2012. Previously, Dr. Walsh served at the Cleveland Clinic for 25 years holding leadership positions including Chief Executive Officer of Home Care Services, Post Acute Division Chair and Chair of Corporate Compliance. He was an elected member of the Clinic Board of Governors for 5 years.

Dr Walsh was the Founding Director of the pioneering Harry R. Horvitz Center for Palliative Medicine which has served as a model program for other cancer centers around the world. He is an internationally recognized medical oncologist and innovator in Palliative Medicine. A noted educator and researcher, he has served on the boards of professional organizations in the US and Europe. Dr Walsh was named as a

Visionary by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, given a lifetime achievement award by the Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer and received a Visiting Fellowship from Oxford University UK. He obtained his medical degree from University College Dublin, a Master’s from the University of Newcastle­on­Tyne and completed a Medical Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York. Dr Walsh is an elected Fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the Royal College of Physicians in both Edinburgh and London. He is the senior editor of a major textbook entitled Palliative Medicine published by Elsevier. In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.

Tel: (01) 498 6219


Philip Larkin, Professor Clinical Nursing (Palliative Care)

I have over 20 years clinical and academic experience in the speciality of palliative care, including regional co-ordinator of services and head of a hospice education department.  I am currently Professor of Clinical Nursing (Palliative Care) at University College Dublin and Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Dublin and as my title suggests, this joint Chair combines both a clinical and academic focus which I believe is essential for the development of palliative care and palliative nursing, in particular.

I have been involved at both a national and international level in palliative care; both as a member and latterly Chair of the Irish Association for Palliative Care and was honoured to hold the Vice-Chair of the European Association for Palliative Care 2003-2007. This gave me the opportunity to appreciate how palliative care requires sound political understanding to ensure it becomes embedded in healthcare policy and finance.  I will stand as EAPC President in 2015.  I also Chair the All-Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care, an organisation designed to improve the experience of palliative care for all citizens on the island of Ireland, North and South. This organisation is founded on key principles such as social justice, capacity building and policy engagement, essential to strengthen the voice and vision of palliative care not only in Ireland, but also across Europe. We can only achieve this through greater partnership, learning and valuing each other’s experience.

I believe this is a strategically important time for palliative care, particularly as the EAPC engages with other agencies such as WHO to form strategic alliances to advance a message of palliative care as a public health initiative. As a member of the Board, it is essential that we do not lose sight of the views of individuals and member organisations that we represent so that they are able to fully contribute to that work. I would hope to support and develop this contribution in the future.

I believe that my background as an academic nurse and the relationships I have fostered over many years with colleagues from varied disciplines across Europe will assist me in serving the members of EAPC in the years ahead. Palliative care in Ireland has a long and distinguished history. Respecting the history of EAPC is equally important. Learning from the wisdom of others will help EAPC develop and transform to meet new and exciting challenges.

Tel: (01) 498 6328


Catherine Barker, Facility Co-ordinator

Tel: (01) 498 6212


Mary Bell, Nurse Tutor
With years of experience in clinical practice, education and research, she has worked in a variety of roles for organisations such as the INMO, DIT, the Irish Cancer Society and UCD. She was awarded a scholarship to complete her PhD at UCD, the aim of which was to understand nurses’ intentions of staying in the health service throughout their career life span.  Mary will be presenting her research at Grand Rounds and at other fora during the year so do watch out for that.
Tel: (01) 406 8843
Michelle Barrett, Research Nurse

Michelle Barrett is a RGN with over 20 years clinical nursing experience in cardiac and general nursing. In 2015, Michelle completed a MSc in Palliative Care in Trinity College Dublin. She has both lectured and published in the subject of palliative care in heart failure. Michelle joined the Academic Department of Palliative Medicine as a Research Nurse in late 2015.

Tel: (o1) 4068891

Bernadette Brady, Special Lecturer in Palliative Medicine (UCD) and Research Fellow in Palliative Medicine

Bernadette Brady graduated from medicine in Trinity College Dublin in 2006 and subsequently completed general medical training & MRCPI in 2009. She has been working in palliative medicine since 2009 & completed higher specialist training in palliative medicine in 2015. During her training, she undertook an MSc in Healthcare Ethics & Law from RCSI (2012) with a thesis on Artificial Hydration & Nutrition at End of Life, and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine (RCSI 2012). She also spent 9 months working with Hospice Africa Uganda in Kampala & Mbarara, Uganda. Bernadette works as Special Lecturer in Palliative Medicine (UCD). Her research interest is in cancer related fatigue

Tel: (01) 406 8891

Jane Brownlee, Senior Occupational Therapist and Practice Tutor

Jane Brownlee received a BSc in Occupational Therapy from Trinity College Dublin in 2007 and a MSc in Evidence Based Therapy Practice from University College Cork in 2015. She is currently working in Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services as a 0.5 Occupational Therapy Practice Tutor and a 0.5 Senior Occupational Therapist in the Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Disease Unit. As part of her tutor role, she coordinates undergraduate student practice education between Trinity College and Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services. She is involved in teaching practice education modules as part of the university programme and also works in conjunction with Trinity in facilitating Singaporean students. She is involved in co-ordinating and planning the education and research programme within the Occupational Therapy department. Areas of research have included the 2:1 model of student supervision, and self-management education for people with inflammatory arthritis.

Colm Campbell, Business Enterprise Manager

Tel: (01) 4068806

Nicholas Codd, Education Technologist

Nicholas is the Education Technologist and manages the digital learning for staff, volunteers and students as well as supporting digital projects for all departments within OLH&CS. He has a B.A. in Media Production Management from Ballyfermot College of Further Education (awarded by DCU) and a M.Sc. in Multimedia from DCU. Before joining OLH&CS, Nicholas worked with DIT as an E-Learning Development Officer and with DCU as a Technical Officer. He has experience teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Anita Duffy, Nurse Tutor

Anita is a Registered General Nurse and Registered Nurse Tutor. She holds a B.Sc. in Nursing Management (RCSI), a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Health Science Education (TCD) and an M.Sc. in Nursing (TCD).  Anita has fifteen years’ experience in nurse education, lecturing on both undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes in UCD, RCSI, and TCD.

Deborah Hayden, Palliative Care Nurse Tutor

Deborah has worked in the area of palliative care for almost twenty years. She holds a Higher Diploma in Palliative Care, Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Health Sciences, and MSc in Nursing.  She is currently undertaking a PhD in Palliative Care at Lancaster University, and is exploring palliative care patients’ spiritual needs using a grounded theory.

Deborah works as Nurse Tutor in Palliative Care at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and is an Adjunct Lecturer in University College Dublin.  Her role involves planning, coordinating and delivering nursing and multidisciplinary education programmes, including the specialist modules of the Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care in collaboration with University College Dublin.

Tel: (01) 406 8702


David Joyce, Research Fellow

David is a Research Fellow in Palliative Medicine with Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and University College Dublin, working in the area of Connected Health and Technology Enhanced Symptom Assessment. He is anxious to ensure that research in Connected Health and Active Ageing is inclusive, and conducted in a manner that will benefit all; from those who can remain independent to those who require complex care. A technologist with wide industry experience, David has degrees in Physics from TCD and UCD and a PhD from NCI on the role of mobile technologies in improving mental health outcomes.


Ciarán Kenny, Research Fellow

Ciarán is a Research Fellow at Our Lady’s Hospice Harold’s Cross and TCD School of Medicine. He is investigating the nature and prevalence of dysphagia in patients with advanced cancer. Ciarán has a BSc. in Applied Computational Linguistics from Dublin City University and an MSc. in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Limerick. He has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for over six years with a diverse range of patients, including those involved with Palliative Care. His clinical interests are in dysphagia and voice disorders and he has both published and lectured on these topics.


Fiona Lawler, Librarian

Fiona is the Librarian in OLH&CS and manages the Library and Information Service. She completed her B.A in Health and Community Studies, University of Liverpool; a Masters in Social Science, University College Dublin  and a Higher Diploma in Library and Information Studies, University College Dublin. Prior to working in OLH&CS, Fiona worked as a researcher and information officer in the Disability and Adult Education Sector.  Fiona is currently a member of the Library Association of Ireland (LAI) and the Health Sciences Libraries Group (a section of the LAI).

Tel: (01) 406 8703


Cliona Lorton, Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Medicine

Dr Cliona Lorton attended medical school and completed general physician training in Ireland.  She began her career in Palliative Medicine in Our Lady’s Hospice and Blackrock Hospice.  After a period of work with Hospice Africa in Uganda, she undertook higher training in Palliative Medicine in Wales.  She is currently Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Medicine (TCD / OLH). Her research interest is malnutrition.

Tel: (01)  498 6235


Lochlann MacDonald

Lochlann MacDonald is a graduate of UCD, where he studied Business and Legal Studies. After university he went on to study in The Law Society of Ireland and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2008. After several years in law, Lochlann left legal practice to set up and run his own business, a gym, in Dublin. He ran this for six years before selling the enterprise. He has recently joined the Education and Research team and works to ensure the smooth roll out of courses and events.

Tel: (01) 406 8810


Dr Des McMahon, Clinical Lecturer

Dr Des McMahon, Clinical Lecturer, joined the Academic Department of Palliative Medicine in September 2017. He recently completed higher specialist training in Palliative Medicine. Des worked here as a Specialist Registrar on St Catherine’s and St Gabriel’s wards  in 2015 and is delighted to be back and catching up with former colleagues. He is completing an MSc in Healthcare Leadership with the Royal College of Surgeons and his dissertation will focus on organisational development in curriculum change and delivery of Palliative Medicine Education.
Tel: (01) 491 2525



Sheraz Muhammad, Security Desk

Tel: (01) 4912 523


Criona O'Donoghue, Physiotherapy Practice Tutor

Criona O’ Donoghue holds a BSc in Physiotherapy from Trinity College Dublin and a Master’s Degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland, Australia. She has worked in a variety of clinical roles in her career to date as a staff grade and then a senior physiotherapist, predominantly in musculoskeletal settings. She is currently working as a 0.5 Physiotherapy Practice Tutor in Our lady’s Hospice and Care Services and lectures/tutors with the University College Dublin School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science. Her role involves management of physiotherapy undergraduate and pre-registration Masters level clinical education modules. She also works in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin in facilitating Singaporean students to achieve degree level qualifications from TCD. She is involved within the physiotherapy department in facilitating, co-ordinating and planning the education and research portfolio.

Tel: (01) 498 6216


Niamh O'Donoghue, Research Fellow


Jacinta Ryan, Education Administrator

Tel: (01) 406 8810


Pauline Uí Dhuibhir, Research Nurse

Pauline Uí Dhuibhir is a Registered General Nurse and Registered Nurse Tutor, who has worked in a variety of clinical and education roles in specialist Palliative Care since 1999. She completed an M.Sc. in Palliative Care at King’s College London in 2006 and has recently taken up post as Research Nurse in Palliative Medicine at the Education & Research Centre, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services. Her research interests include symptom assessment in advanced disease.

Tel: (01) 498 6235