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Lisduff,
Virginia,
Co. Cavan,
Ireland.

Mission of the Irish Perinatal Society

  • To foster interest in the fetus and newborn and to encourage research in perinatal medicine
  • To promote a closer association between obstetrics and neonatal paediatrics and to encourage exchange of ideas and social contacts between all those with a special interest in the development of the fetus and young infant
  • To promote undergraduate and postgraduate training in early development
  • To enhance understanding of perinatal disorders and a more efficient management of these problems as they arise prenatally and/or during the intrapartum or postnatal periods
  • To increase the availability of up to date information for those working in the field of perinatal medicine

THE IRISH PERINATAL SOCIETY

In 1972 a group of Paediatricians, Surgeons involved in newborn surgery and Pathologists perceived a need to stimulate interest in the problems of the newborn and thus the Irish Neonatal Society was founded.

The first meeting was held on the 26th May 1972 in Temple Street Children’s Hospital and there were 15 people in attendance and apologies were received from five. Those attending included Dick Barry, Seamus Cahalane (Pathologist), Michael Curtin, Gerard Cousins, Des Donovan, Eric Doyle, Jim Dundon, Brian Mc Donagh, Alec McDonald, Niall O’Brien, Pauline O’Connell, Eddie Guiney (Paediatric Surgeon), Barry O’Donnell (Paediatric Surgeon), Joe O’Sullivan and Eddie Tempany and apologies from Paddy Deasy, Vicky Coffey, Brian McNichol, Neil O’Doherty and Conor Ward.

In the spring of 1973 the first clinical meeting was held at the Rotunda Hospital. The Registration fee was £1 and the dinner £3, with the meeting being well attended. It was a social success however, substantial financial loss was sustained. A meeting on the 9th March 1974 took place at the Coombe Lying-In Hospital. This was a most significant meeting with a decision being made that the Irish Neonatal Society would have a name change and be altered to the Irish Perinatal Society. The aims of the Society were collated in 1975. See sections on "Mission of the Irish Perinatal Society".

In March 1974 a proposed membership of £5 per annum was recommended however this was never implemented. The Society has hosted a series of outstanding guest lecturers at each of the meetings with 1-4 invited guests’ speakers being hosted at each meeting.

From 1973 to 1976 annual meetings were held and from 1977 to 2004 meetings were held in both spring and autumn. Since 2004 annual meetings were held. In 2010 the first Irish Congress of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Perinatal Medicine (ICOGPM) was held and The Irish Perinatal Society’s annual meeting is held in conjunction with this biennial meeting. There has always been a strong input from our colleagues in Northern Ireland and this has been particularly valuable within the Society. Each meeting since 1974 has had a Scientific Exhibition.

Mission of the Irish Perinatal Society

  1. To foster interest in the fetus and newborn and to encourage research in perinatal medicine.
  2. To promote a closer association between obstetrics and neonatal paediatrics and to encourage exchange of ideas and social contacts between all those with a special interest in the development of the fetus and young infant. Closer contact between the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Irish Paediatric Association with the Irish Perinatal Society was to be fostered.
  3. To promote undergraduate and post-graduate training in early development. To enhance understanding of perinatal disorders and a more efficient management of these problems as they arise prenatally and/or during the intrapartum or postnatal periods.
  4. To increase the availability of up to date information for those working in the field of perinatal medicine within Europe.

 

 

OFFICERS OF THE SOCIETY

PRESIDENTS 1972-2016

Eric Doyle 1974-1975
Alex McDonald 1975-1976
Declan Meagher 1976 – 1977
Gareth McClure 1977 – 1978
Joe O’Sullivan 1978-1979
Jim Clinch 1979-1980
Mark Reid 1980-1981
Joe Alvey 1981-1982
Niall O’Brien 1982-83
Knox Ritchie 1983-1984
Ralph Counihan 1984-1985
Joe Alvey 1985-1986
Liz Griffin 1986-1987
David Jenkins 1987-1989
Conor Carr 1989 – 1991 who retired in 1990 and Henry Halliday took over the Presidency until 1993
Gerard Cousins 1993-1995
Colm O’Herlihy 1995-1997
Tom Matthews 1997-1999
Patricia Crowley 1999-2001
Freda Gorman 2001-2003
Peter McParland 2003-2005
John Jenkins 2005-2007
Gerry Burke 2007-2009
Ann Harper 2009-2011
Margaret Sheridan-Pereira 2011-2014
Chris Fitzpatrick 2014-2016

 

 

SECRETARIES

1972-1976 Joe O’Sullivan
1976-1978 Niall Duignan
1978 -1979 Niall O’Brien
1979-1980 Jim Clinch
1980-1981 Knox Ritchie
1981-1982 Knox Ritchie
1982-1985 Tom Matthews
1985-1987 Colm O’Herlihy
1987-1989 Henry Halliday
1989-1991Tom Clarke
1991-1993 Walter Prendiville
1993-1995 John Murphy
1995-1997 Angela Bell
1997-1999 Michael Brassil
1999-2001 Siobhan Gormally
2001-2003 Geraldine Gaffney
2003-2005 Stan Craig
2005-2007 Fionnuala McAuliffe
2007-2009 David Sweet
2009-2011 Donough O’Donovan
2012-2014 Aisling Martin
2014-Aoife Mullally

 

 

TREASURERS

1972-1989 Joe O’Sullivan
1989-2003 Jim Clinch
2003-2015 Margaret Sheridan-Pereira
2015-John Kelleher

 

 

LOCATION OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS FROM 1973 

Rotunda, Coombe, National Maternity Hospital (NMH), Rotunda, Belfast, Coombe, Cork, NMH, Belfast, Rotunda, Galway, Coombe, Drogheda, Belfast, NMH, Rotunda, Galway, Belfast, Coombe, Cork, Portballintrae, Limerick, Galway, Belfast, Coombe, NMH, Rotunda, Cork, Galway, Antrim, Coombe, Cork, Dublin (joint meeting with the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians) 

2006 Rotunda
2007 Belfast
2008 Fota Island
2009 Carton House
2010 Limerick, Castletroy
2011 Ardilaun, Galway
2012 ICOGPM, Druids Glen, Wicklow
2013 No meeting
2014 Davenport, Dublin
2015 ICOGPM, Crowne Plaza, Dublin.

 

 

Conferences

1977 Drogheda
1979 Sligo
1980 Waterford
1981 Ballinasloe
1982 Londonderry
1983 Limerick
1984 Dublin (European Congress of Perinatal Medicine)
1985 Cork
1986 Tralee
1987 Newry
1988 Edinburgh
1989 Ballinasloe
1990 Portlaoise
1991 Letterkenny
1992 Castlebar
1993 Mullingar
1994 NMH joint meeting with the British Association of Perinatal Medicine
1995 Rotunda
1996 Tralee
1997 Ballinasloe
1998 Westport
1999 Drogheda
2000 Mullingar
2001 Kilkenny
2002 Wexford
2003 Limerick
2004 Derry
2016 Drogheda

 

 

Current Officers

President:

Dr. Christopher Fitzpatrick currently works as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital.

Secretary:

Dr. Aoife Mullally currently works as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital.

Treasurer:

Dr. John Kelleher currently works as a Consultant Neonatologist at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital.