Ireland’s 4th International Children’s
Palliative Care Conference:

Contemporary Challenges in the Care of Children with Complex and Palliative Care Needs
An Interdisciplinary Conference

Thursday 21st - Friday 22nd November 2019

National University of Ireland Galway


Plenary Speakers

Dr Joanne Wolfe

Dr Joanne Wolfe is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Palliative Care in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and the Director of Palliative Care at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), and… Learn More

Alexandra Mancini

Alex Mancini is a senior neonatal nurse with over 20 years experience and has been recently appointed as the Pan London Lead Nurse for Neonatal Palliative Care, the first regional post of it’s kind, jointly funded by the True Colours… Learn More

Dr Keelin O’Donoghue

Keelin O’Donoghue is an honours medical graduate of University College Dublin (1995) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists (2012). She received her PhD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the University of London in 2005, following… Learn More

Keynote Speakers

Brid Carroll

Coming from an educational background Brid is a qualified Psychotherapist and Counselling Supervisor with a special interest in bereavement and loss. She holds a Masters in Bereavement Studies from RCSI Dublin and a Postgraduate Certificate in Childhood Bereavement from St…. Learn More

Terrie Clarke

Terrie qualified as a Registered General Nurse before undertaking a Dip. Higher Ed in child health at the Nightingale Institute of Nursing in London. She worked in the Evelina Children’s Hospital in Guys and St.Thomas Hospital.  On returning to Ireland,… Learn More

Joan Duncan

Joan is a Children’s Nurse with a background in Paediatric Cardiology, Neonatal, Paediatric Intensive Care, Community Children’s Nursing and nurse education. Joan’s current role is Paediatric Lead Nurse in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, where she leads on… Learn More

Dr Cathy Gibbons

Dr Cathy Gibbons is a Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care and Critical Care Retrieval based in Children’s University Hospital Temple Street.   She qualified from University College Dublin in 2007. Following completion of training in Paediatrics, she completed a year of… Learn More

Siobhan Keane

Siobhan registered as a General Nurse in 2009 and worked in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee, in both surgical and medical wards. She went on to travel to New Zealand and Australia, working for a short period as… Learn More

Dr Sharon McCloskey

Sharon has worked in the field of children’s palliative care for over twenty years in statutory and voluntary organisations and across clinical, leadership and managerial positions. These included establishing a community children’s nursing service in Northern Ireland, undertaking the role… Learn More

Gail McGrath

Gail is a Clinical Nurse Co-Ordinator for Children with Life Limiting Conditions based in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Dublin. She is a member of the Perinatal and Neonatal Palliative Care Group and is currently undertaking a National Survey of… Learn More

Eilín Ni Mhurchu

Eilín is the Specialist Children’s Liaison Nurse with the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation for the Cork area. She is a Registered General Nurse and a Registered Children’s Nurse (North Infirmary, Cork; OLCHC, Dublin). She also completed a Paediatric Cardio… Learn More

Sharon Nurse

Sharon Nurse has worked extensively within Midwifery and Neonatal education in the last 35 years in Northern Ireland; she is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing & Midwifery in Queens University, Belfast. Through collaborative curriculum design, Sharon… Learn More

Dr Cormac Owens

Dr Owens is a Consultant Paediatric Oncologist at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Dublin. He trained initially in Dublin, followed by fellowships at Institut Gustave Roussy, Paris and the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. He was a staff physician at Sick… Learn More

Dr Bob Taylor

Bob Taylor is a Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist & Honorary Lecturer at Queens University Belfast. He graduated in medicine from Queens University Belfast in 1992 and has held Fellowships in Paediatric Intensive Care and Anaesthesia in Toronto, Canada. In 1991 he was… Learn More

Dr Marie Twomey

Dr Marie Twomey is a Palliative Medicine Consultant at  St Luke’s Hospital, Our Lady’s Hospice and Our Lady’s Hospital for Children, all based in Dublin. Having initially completed undergraduate and membership training in NUI, Galway she went on to undertake… Learn More

Conference Chairs

Dr Maeve O’Reilly

Dr Maeve O’Reilly is a consultant based at St Luke’s Hospital in Dublin. She also works with the Specialist Palliative Care team in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin. A graduate of UCD, she trained in Ireland with Dr Michael Kearney… Learn More

Saundra Nolan

Saundra is a Specialist Children’s Liaison Nurse and Nurse Manager with the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, which she joined in 2003. She qualified as a Registered Children’s Nurse in Temple Street University Hospital in 1989 and subsequently completed her… Learn More