Public Lecture - 'Life After Retirement' - Professor Eamon O'Shea

Public Lecture - 'Life After Retirement' - Professor Eamon O'Shea

19 May 2022, 3pm-4.30pm

Organised by: Irish Gerontological Society

Full video recording below


Life After Retirement - Public Lecture by Professor Eamon O'Shea

Speaker Professsor Eamon O'Shea

Eamon O’Shea is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia at NUI Galway. His research is focused on the economics of ageing, especially on the balance of care between home and residential care for dependent older people. He is  a Health Research Board (HRB) Research Leader in Dementia where his work has been influential in setting the policy agenda for the care of people with dementia living at home and in residential care.

Chaired by: 


Regius Professor Rose Anne Kenny

Rose Anne Kenny is Professor of Medical Gerontology and Head of the academic department of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin. She is the present President of the IGS. She is also director of the recently established Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) at St. James’s Hospital Dublin, which is a state of the art facility hosting ambulatory care, inpatients, education and research facilities for older adults. She is the founding Principal Investigator of Ireland’s largest adult population study on the experience of ageing– for The Irish LongituDinal study on Ageing  (TILDA). She has a high international standing for her research on ageing ranked in the top 5% of geriatric medicine publications.


Edel Mc Daid 

Edel has gained clinical experience across multiple specialties and is currently working as a senior physiotherapist in older persons rehabilitation in the Royal Hospital Donnybrook. Edel is the former Chairperson of the Neurology and Gerontology special interest group of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. In response to the pandemic, she led in the rapid development of practice guidelines for physiotherapists working with older people and people with neurological conditions who present with COVID-19. 



Prof J Bernard Walsh

The Mercer’s Institute’s Bone Health and Osteoporosis Unit in St James’s Hospital was founded by Prof J Bernard Walsh who is Consultant Physician in the MedEL Directorate and Clinical Professor in Trinity College Dublin. He was a Previous Visiting Professor to the University of California in San Francisco and Consultant Physician in Durham, England.  Graduated from University College Cork, he trained in Cork, Mater Hospital Dublin, King’s College Hospital London and the Royal Liverpool Hospital.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and Edinburgh, Member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, and is the author of over a hundred peer reviewed papers. He has extensive experience on the use of PTH as an anabolic treatment in patients with severe osteoporosis and has also taken a National and European lead in Vitamin D milk supplementation.


Dr Mike O’Connor

Dr. Mike O’ Connor is a Consultant Geriatrician working at the Cork University Hospital and St Finbarr’s Hospital since 2001. He graduated of UCC from UCC in 1991 and completed his higher medical training in Geriatric Medicine and General Medicine in Ireland and London. His was Clinical Director for Medicine at CUH from 2013 to 2019. He is interests include Quality Improvement, Health Services reform, value based healthcare, Patient Safety and Medical Education. 

In September 2021, Dr O’ Connor took up the post of National Clinical Advisor and group Lead for Acute Operations. This role involves providing clinical advice and guidance to all aspects of acute hospital care including serious incident management, Quality and Safety and Process Improvement. He leads on 16 clinical programmes whose remit is to design models of care and patient pathways that are evidence-based, quality assured, feasible and pragmatic and to support their implementation within an effective governance arrangement.


Mairead Cahill

Mairead Cahill is a PhD candidate at the School of Allied Health at the University of Limerick, a CORU registered Occupational Therapist, and a Practice Education Co-ordinator for the Discipline of Occupational Therapy at the University of Limerick. Mairead has a particular research interest in older adults. Her PhD research focuses on the retirement experiences of women academics, exploring the meaning of retirement and how retirement impacts their daily lives and relationships. She is a member of the University of Limerick’s Health Research Institute and the Ageing Research Centre at UL (UL-ARC). She gained over a decade of clinical experience as an occupational therapist in acute and rehabilitation settings (physical disability) in Ireland and the UK.


Dr Anne Nolan

Dr Anne Nolan is an Associate Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), and an Adjunct Professor in Economics at Trinity College Dublin. She is also Deputy Head of the Social Research Division, and on the Study Team Management Group of the National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland, Growing up in Ireland (GUI). From 2013-2015 was seconded to Trinity College as the Research Director for the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). Her research at the ESRI focuses on issues such as the social determinants of health, healthcare financing and access, and the challenges of population ageing. She is currently President of the Irish Economics Association, the professional body for economists working in Ireland. 

Aonghus McAnally

Aonghus McAnally is an Irish radio and television producer and presenter, as well as an actor, musician, magician and billiards champion. He worked on both sides of the mic and camera for public service broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann for over 40 years, retiring in June 2020

Public Lecture - Life After Retirement - Professor Eamon O'Shea

Public Lecture - Life After Retirement - Professor Eamon O'Shea