National Executive Committee 2018/2019

Dr. Diarmuid O'Shea (President).  Diarmuid is a Consultant Geriatrician at St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland.  A graduate of University College Dublin, he did his Fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology in Vanderbilt University, Nashville,Tennessee.  He was awarded his MD in Drug Metabolism in Ageing.  He was subsequently appointed to a Geriatric Medicine Training programme in Newcastle, England.  Diarmuid is a past National Specialty Training Director in Geriatric Medicine and was a member of the Irish Committee for Higher Medical training from 2000–2004.  He was elected to the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) Council in 2007.  He served as the MasterClass Series Convenor, and was appointed Vice-President of Education and Professional Development at the RCPI in 2008.  He was appointed as Clinical Lead for the National Clinical Programme for Older People in the HSE in 2010.

Dr. Rose Galvin (Vice President).  Rose graduated from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) in 2004 with a BSc (hons) in Physiotherapy. She worked clinically as a physiotherapist before undertaking a PhD in the Discipline of Physiotherapy at Trinity College Dublin. The focus of her PhD thesis was around the provision of additional exercise therapy to people with acute stroke through the involvement of their families in the delivery of exercises to them. Rose currently works as the Programme Leader of the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research (CPCR), based in RCSI. Her research interests are in the area of neurology and gerontology, particularly relating to the identification of older adults at risk of adverse outcomes following ED visit. Rose has over published over 40 peer-reviewed publications in physiotherapy and primary care in the past 10 years. Rose is an active member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and was the Hon. Treasurer of the Irish Gerontological Society for four years.

Ms. Elaine O Connor (Secretary).  Elaine graduated from University College Cork in 2007 and holds a Masters in Healthcare Management from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She currently works as a Senior Occupational Therapist in the Stroke and Medicine for the Elderly Service in Connolly Hospital, Dublin and previously worked in St. James’s Hospital. Elaine has undertaken research in posture and pressure management as well as in rehabilitation. She is involved in the advisory group for palliative care in Parkinson’s Disease as well as the Genio Dementia Project in Connolly Hospital. 

Mr. Jonathon O'Keeffe (Treasurer). Jonathon is both a Nurse Specialist and Registered Nurse Prescriber in Gerontology currently practising in St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH), Dublin. He completed his initial training including an MSc in Gerontological Nursing in St James’s Hospital and Trinity College Dublin. Following this he worked in the Private Nursing Home Sector in Nursing Management before undertaking a brief spell in Acute Medicine in SVUH. He was then appointed to his current post in 2010. Jonathon also teaches in the Private Nursing Home Sector in the areas of Medication Management and Dementia Care. He is the local clinical lead for all Nursing Home patients admitted to SVUH and is a strong advocate in the areas of Person Centred Care / Advanced Care Planning / Medication Rationalisation. He has been involved in numerous audit and research projects at both local and national level. He has recently undertaken studies in Advanced Nursing Practice as part of his path towards becoming an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Jonathon is currently developing links with both UCD and the National Clinical Programme for Older People in raising the profile of Gerontological Nursing as a career. In this regard, he looks forward to supporting and meeting with other Gerontological Nurses as a member of the IGS executive committee.

Dr. Colm Byrne is a graduate of University College Dublin (Class of 2009). Currently he is working as a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Geriatric and Stroke Medicine of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and is undertaking a MD the area of Air Pollution and Stroke. He is a final year Specialist Registrar in Geriatric and General Internal Medicine. In addition, he has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management with the Institute of Public Administration. As part of his role with the IGS he hopes to improve the engagement of medical trainees and students with social policy issues that affect older people.

Sarah Cosgrave is the nurse manager in Carew House, Medicine for the Older Person Day Hospital in St. Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH), Dublin. Since graduating from UCD in 2008 Sarah has spent her time working within care of the older person services on the acute ward and in the day hospital. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Care of the Older Person (UCD) in 2010 and a MSc in Care of the Older Person (UCD) in 2011.  In 2013/2014, Sarah worked as clinical research nurse in ARCH (Applied Research for Connected Health) Technology Centre, UCD. Within this role she was actively involved in the deployment of the ARCH Dementia Support Tool (ADST) into the dementia care pathway. In 2015, Sarah and the MDT in Carew House have developed a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment document. Sarah recently completed a Professional Diploma in Prescription of Medication with Health Assessment.

Dr. Derek Hayden is a final year Specialist Registrar in Geriatric and General internal Medicine at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin. He graduated from University College Dublin in 2008. He was awarded the Newman Fellow in Stroke prevention in Atrial Fibrillation in 2014 and was a Research Fellow with the Irish Stroke Clinical Trials Network. Derek completed his MD in the Epidemiology, Secondary Prevention and Imaging Characteristics of Atrial Fibrillation related stroke and has also undertaken an MSc in Epidemiology. He completed a Clinical Fellowship in Stroke Medicine at Cambridge University Hospital. Derek is actively involved in stroke research as well as undergraduate and postgraduate Medical Education.

Dr. Elizabeth Moloney is currently working as Geriatric Medicine SpR in Beaumont Hospital. She qualified from University College Cork in 2011 and completed BST training and initial registrar experience in Cork & Limerick. She is actively involved in research and undergraduate teaching. Elizabeth is qualified in both medicine and dentistry, qualifying initially as a dentist (BDS NUI) from UCC, working with both HSE and in private practice, before moving to Oral Surgery/Oral Medicine department of Cork University Hospital. She holds a Diploma of Membership of Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).Elizabeth is published in international peer reviewed journals in both medicine and dentistry fields. She has co-chaired Trainee Doctor Special Interest Group meeting at IGS conference for last 2 years and looks forward to further development and lead-out of the Trainee Doctor SIG group role within  the IGS - to highlight ongoing challenges and achievements of our trainees, as well as encouraging research and innovation.

Dr. Aisling M. O’Halloran.  Aisling is a Research Fellow with The Irish Longitudinal stuDy on Ageing (TILDA), Medical Gerontology, Trinity College Dublin. She has been the research lead on both the Frailty and Biomarker Working Groups within TILDA and also manages the TILDA Biobank, the largest of its kind in the Rep. of Ireland. Aisling holds a PhD in the genetic epidemiology of cardiovascular disease from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and a B.A. (Mod) in Natural Science, specializing in genetics, from Trinity College Dublin.  For over nine years, Aisling has conducted research on studies of ageing, health epidemiology, immunology and genetics. Her research interests are in the area of frailty in older adults, including related risk factors (biomarkers) and patterns of service use. She has secured a combined peer-reviewed grant portfolio of >€500K, including a CARDI Leadership in Ageing Research fellowship. She has published >20 peer-reviewed articles in international journals.

Dr. Mary Walsh: Mary graduated from University College Dublin in 2009 with a BSc in Physiotherapy and gained acute clinical experience in Vancouver, Canada. On return to Ireland in 2012 she completed a PG Cert. in Older Person Rehabilitation in University College Cork and worked with the brain injury organisation Headway. Her PhD, completed through an Irish Research Council Fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in 2016, explored falls-risk after stroke using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. As a Postdoctoral Researcher she worked with the RCSI Hospital Group before moving to her current role in the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research, RCSI. Her current research interests encompass stroke recovery, falls prevention, unwarranted clinical variation and the improvement of patient outcomes at a health system level. Mary teaches as an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Physiotherapy, RCSI and is an active member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Neurology and Gerontology special interest group.

Mr. Robin Webster is an Adjunct Lectuurer in the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, NUI Galway. From 1992 to 2015, he was the first Chief Executive of Age Action Ireland, the leading advocacy organisation for older people and ageing and life course issues. Its main aim is to improve the quality of life of older people, especially those who are most frail and vulnerable, by combating discrimination and promoting equality and justice. He is a social science graduate, with post-graduate qualifications in education, social work and gerontology.  He has wide experience of adult education, community development, social planning and social work through his professional and voluntary work.  For over 40 years, his main interests have been ageing and older people - with a particular interest in social policy.

Robin's previous positions include Director of AONTAS, the National Association of Adult Education in Ireland, Director of Age Concern Scotland, National Development Officer, Society of St Vincent de Paul in Ireland, Lecturer in Social Work, Trinity College, Dublin, Lecturer in Gerontology, the Open University in Ireland, Principal of Westminster Institute, London and HM Inspector of Schools (Further Education), Scottish Education Department.

Executive Committee Support:

Ms. Miriam Ahern (Strategy and Development Executive).  Miriam joined the IGS in 2012 to lead on strategic planning for the society and to manage the implementation of its strategic objectives. Miriam is a Certified Management Consultant and a Fellow of the Irish Institute for Management Consultants and Advisers (IMCA).  She is a former president of the IMCA.  She holds MSc. Management degree from Trinity College Dublin.   email:


Scientific Committee for IGS 66th Annual & Scientific Meeting 2018