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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Palliative Care is about more than dying

Delighted to contribute to this article on Palliative Care by June Shannon in the Irish Times this week.
http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/palliative-care-is-about-more-than-dying-1.2821073

It is a privilege to work in the area of palliative care and I am inspired daily by the people I care for and work with.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

SAVE THE DATE: International Stillbirth Alliance Conference comes to Cork. 22-24 September 2017

Save the date!

The Pregnancy Loss Research Group at University College Cork & Cork University Maternity Hospital are to organise and host the International Stillbirth Alliance Annual Conference in 2017.

This important conference will take place on the main campus of University College Cork in Cork City from 22-24 September 2017.
Please save the date now and follow @ISACork2017 and www.ISACork2017.com

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

New Irish Perinatal Bereavement Standards launched

 Perinatal Bereavement StandardsThe Health Service Executive recently published National Standards for Bereavement Care following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death in Ireland. This is a welcome development to ensure the highest level of care for bereaved parents at each of the nineteen maternity units/ hospitals in the state.

As a chaplain I was delighted to be invited to be part of the Expert Development Group and was honoured to work with over twenty other healthcare professionals over the last two years to bring this work to completion.

The challenge now is to move toward implementation which is being ably lead by Dr Keelin O'Donoghue, Consultant Obstetrician and Fetal medicine specialist at Cork University Maternity Hospital and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University College Cork. Dr O'Donoghue also leads our multidisciplinary Pregnancy Loss Research Group at CUMH/UCC.


On a personal note I acknowledge the support of the Diocesan Council of Cork, Cloyne and Ross and the Board of Directors of St Luke's Home, Mahon who together fund my chaplaincy post. In addition to providing pastoral ministry at Cork University Hospital and Maternity Hospital this funding has enabled me to contribute to this important national process.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A PhD is a team effort


I was recently conferred with a PhD from University College Cork. A PhD is very much a team effort and I wish to acknowledge with gratitude the encouragement and support of my family, close friends, supervisors, and wonderful work colleagues. I also wish to acknowledge the support of the St St Luke's Home Charity who generously co-fund my chaplaincy post with our Diocesan Council. Above all I thank the bereaved parents, obstetricians and chaplains who participated in my research. Your stories are treasure. Thank you

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Sometimes the obstacles bring blessings

I had an interesting experience in a cafe yesterday. having ordered a coffee and standing at the front of the queue I realised to my horror as the lady handed me my Americano that I had no money with me. Rather apologetically I was mentally preparing myself for a hasty and hopefully understated retreat to keep my dignity intact! I smiled and hesitantly said "I'm really sorry but I have forgotten my money. Would it be OK if I paid next time?"  As I asked the question there was something about the lady that struck me, a recognition, but then I meet many people in my work so maybe she was just a familiar face.
She fetched a pen and paper to make a note of my name and number. As I gave my name she looked up at me and said "I know you". And there in a few moments conversation the economic scales fell from our eyes as we realised we knew each other in a former life and in another place: how we had both changed! I had bought coffee from her many times over the last year and here in the day when I was embarrassed and asking a favour a moment of awkwardness rekindled a connection from long ago. This experience was a  beautiful icon of humanity. A powerful reminder to me that the obstactles in our life often make us stop and take note and this particular obstacle was a great blessing indeed...