Dr. Brendan Cuddihy
Dr. Brendan Cuddihy has 36 years of experience as a GP, having founded a practice in Greystones in 1987. Dr. Cuddihy has a special interest in end of life care, sparked by a teaching session for trainee GPs which was addressed by Dr John McCarthy of Our Lady’s Hospice in 1986. Since then he has attempted to bring quality end of life care to his patients throughout his career.
Early on in his career in Wicklow, through the auspices of the local Bray Clinical Society, Dr. Cuddihy advocated for the appointment of the first Palliative Care nurses in the county. Through this process he met with one of the Sisters of Charity to advocate that North Wicklow be brought under the care of Our Lady’s Hospice homecare teams. Sadly this did not come to pass. Subsequent difficulties with the high turnover of staff in the Wicklow community palliative care teams led to a temporary suspension of services around 2008. This crisis brought together a number of people who were keen that Wicklow patients would experience the same quality of end of life care as patients across the county border in South Dublin. Wicklow Hospice Foundation emerged from this crisis and over the next 11 years a small group of volunteers grew a large campaign which culminated in the opening of Wicklow Hospice in 2020. Dr. Cuddihy was chair of this group for the first nine years of the campaign.
Aside from medical matters he has been involved in Sports medicine throughout his career and has served on numerous boards, at club and county level, of the GAA.
For 17 years Dr. Cuddihy has been a voluntary medical officer with the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.