Recent News

Prize Giving Ceremony - 22 November 2019

The annual School of Medicine Prize-Giving Ceremony took place on Friday 22 November, 2019 in Brookfield Health Sciences Complex.  The Dean of the School, Professor Paula O’Leary welcomed the large number of prize-winners, their families and friends to the Ceremony.  The Department of Paediatrics RGG Barry Prize for the medical student who who has obtained the highest marks in Paediatrics at the Final Medical Examination and the Aodán Ó Donnchadha Prize for best Paediatric Project were awarded on the day.


2019 RGG Barry Prize 2019 Aodán Ó Donnchadha Prize 
Prof Deirdre Murray & Dr John Kehoe (Prize Winner)

Dr Ganakirthana Kalpenya Devi (Joint Prize Winner), 

Prof Deirdre Murray & Dr Christina Moore (Joint Prize Winner)

Congratulations of our new Emeritus Professor


In June 2019 Prof Tony Ryan became the fourth Department of Paediatrics & Child Health Emeritus Professor,  Professor Ryan became an Associate Professor in our Department in 2004.  He led the newborn side of the planning, design, development and delivery of neonatology teaching until his retirement in 2018. Prof Ryan’s deep commitment to medical education included the introduction of the neonatal resuscitation programme, PALS and Stable programme, which trained staff from all over Ireland.

Congratulations of Professor Jonathan Hourihane in his New Post


In October 2019 Prof Jonathan Hourihane moved to his new post as Chair of Paediatrics, RCSI. 

Prof Hourihane became the third Professor and Chair of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2005. Under the leadership of Prof Hourihane, the Department was developed and expanded exponentially with the increase of undergraduate and postgraduate medical students by fostering and supporting excellence in teaching and developing a leading centre for paediatric research in Ireland.  Prof Hourihane made sure that the students received the best teaching facilities possible and the new unit was opened in March 2017.  The dedicated UCC Paediatric Academic Unit at Cork University Hospital is the first of its kind in Ireland and is the home of teaching and training for both undergraduate medical students and postgraduate paediatric and health discipline trainees.  It is the only such fully integrated facility in the School of Medicine, where tomorrow’s doctors can see research-led healthcare both being both developed and delivered.  The Department of Paediatrics & Child Health wish Prof Hourihane all the best in his new post.

October 2018 -Independent Thinking Magazine

Prof Jonathan Hourihane was interviewed recently for the UCC Independent Thinking Magazine.  Check out "Impact of allergy research goes more than just skin deep"  Independent Thinking Magazine 2018

April 2018 - Announcing our New Head of Department

The Department of Paediatrics and Child Health would like to announce the appointment of Professor Deirdre Murray as the new Head of Department.  

Professor Murray  has taken over from Professor Jonathan Hourihane who has held the post since 2005 and will now take on the challenging role of lead for paediatrics in the south and south -west hospital group.  under the leadership of professor hourihane, the department has developed and expanded exponentially, now being the leading centre for paediatric research in ireland, housed in the new paediatric academic unit, opened by tanaiste simon coveney td on 18th june 2018.  Professor Hourihane has supported and mentored both students and staff, including Professor Murray, by fostering a culture of critical thinking, education and impactful research during this time.

Professor Deirdre Murray joined the department in 2008 as senior lecturer.  Professor Murray has developed her research interest into early brain injury and neurodevelopmental outcome since that time and in 2013 she became one of 9 principal investigators in the irish centre for fetal and neonatal translational research (Infant Centre).  Professor Murray is looking forward to her new role as head of department and the challenges and opportunities it will bring. with the staff of the department of paediatrics, and the infant centre.   Professor Murray aims to make ucc the leading centre for paediatric clinical trials and postgraduate studies in ireland, linked to the infant maternal and child health institute. We will build on our international reputation for research excellence in paediatrics and neonatology, whilst continuing to provide high quality, student-centred teaching to our undergraduate students, and our growing body of multi-disciplinary post-graduate students.  

Professor Murray looks forward to meeting you and working with you in the future.


October 2018 Prof Jonathan Hourihane's Appointment to National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

We are delighted to announce that Prof Jonahtan Hourihane has been appointed to the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board for a period of 5 years by Mr Simon Harriss, Minister for Health.  Prof Hourihane commented,  I’m honoured and delighted to represent RCPI Faculty of Paediatrics,UCC and HSE’s SSWHG  on this important committee for the next 5  years. I look forward to bringing some regional perspective  to their discussion and oversight of the huge NPH project that we are also keen to see be completed as quickly as possible”  

September 2018 -Retirement of Bernadette Fitzgerald

Ms Bernadette Fitzgerald retired from her role as National Resuscitation Programme Coordinator today.  Over the last 20 years in her role, Ber made a significant contribution to newborn survival and well being. Not only did she organize local NRP courses, but Ber supported over 50 active instructors in 19 units where babies are born. Ber was also involved in organising the Stable Programme, PALS, APLS courses and PILS courses.   We wish to thank Ber for her dedicated service in ensuring, nurses, doctors and EMT's received the necessary emergency training.  The Department wishes Ber all the best on her future retirement.

3 people standing together with 1 holding a bunch of flowers

 Prof Deirdre Murray, Ms Bernadette Fitzgerald, Dr Liam O'Connell

September 2018 - Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Award Winner

Professor jonathan hourihane was awarded the le prix milton gold memorial lecturship award at the csaci annual scientific meeting this month (  the milton gold memorial lectureship is presented to the speaker whose lecture exemplifies the role of advocacy in the field of allergy & immunology, an attribute that dr. gold was well known for throughout his career. 

18 June 2018 - Opening of Paediatric Academic Unit


Mr Simon Coveney TD cutting ribbon with Leah Forde at opening of Paediatric Academic Unit

 Tainiste Simon Coveney & Leah Conway

On the 18th June 2018 the dedicated UCC Paediatric Academic Unit based at Cork University Hospital was officially opened by Tainiste Simon Coveney and  Ms Leah Conway.  This unit is the first of its kind in the country and is home for both UCC Paediatric academic teaching and training and the Paediatric Clinical Research arm of the INFANT Centre.  The unit has been designed and developed to foster and encourage collaboration between clinicans, researchers, academics, industry, students, trainees, patients and their families to work togther in improving childrens health.

The unit facilitates teaching and training for both undergraduate medical students and postgraduate paediatric and health discipline trainees in an integrated facility where tomorrows doctors can partcipate and observe research led healthcare being developed and delivered.

Prof Jonathan Hourihane, Ms Anita McGuire,Mr Gerry O'Dwyer, Mr Patrick O'Shea, Mr Simon Coveney, Mr Tony McNamara, Prof Geraldine Boylan, Prof Deirdre Murray and Prof Helen Whelton look at paediatric simulation manikin in training room

Prof Jonathan Hourihane, Ms Anita McGuire, Mr Gerry O'Dwyer, Mr Patrick O'Shea, Tainiste Simon Coveney, Mr Tony McNamara, Prof Geraldine Boylan, Prof Deirdre Murray, Prof Helen Whelton

Department of Paediatrics & Child Health

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