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Thursday, 18th September 2008-RCSI Alumni Gala Reunion

18 September 2008

The annual Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) Alumni weekend was held at RCSI from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th September 2008. This year celebrated the classes who graduated in 1948, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983 and 1998. The event, which was sponsored by Innovex & Quintiles, included a full programme of activites and a scientific meeting. Some 250 medical graduates and guests from around the world were expected to attend.

Dr Pamela Mangal; Dr Sarah Rogers; Prof Eoin O' Brien; Ms Tona O'Brien; Prof Frank Keane, President of RCSI.

Throughout the three days, graduates enjoyed various activities such as a golf outing, a tour to Glendalough and PowerscourtGardens; a walking tour of Dublin and a tour of the College. On Friday, 19th September a golden jubilee lunch was held for those from the classes of 1948 and 1958. The event finished with a gala dinner on the Saturday evening. 


Dr Greg Siren (’88), Professor Cathal Kelly (’85) Dean, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, RCSI and Mrs Ruth Kelly and Dr Carmel-Ann Daly (’88)

On Friday, 19th September the RCSI Scientific meeting brought another dimension to the weekend as talks were given by former graduates and leading medical professionals and academics from RCSI. Among the speakers are Professor Cathal Kelly, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences who delivered a talk on the new curriculum at RCSI and Professor Brian Harvey, Director of Research at RCSI delivered a talk on the RCSI Research Strategy; Dr. Deirdre Golden from the class of 1978 spoke about “Physicians and lawyers – a better understanding” and Lorne Hurst from the class of 1988 will spoke about ‘Dermatologic Emergencies”.


Professor Frank Keane, President RCSI, Professor Sarah Rogers (’68) President, Association of Graduates, Professor Eoin O’Brien  (’63) and Mrs Tona O’Brien and Mr John Kiernan, Managing Director, Quintiles & Innovex

Professor Cathal Kelly, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, RCSI said “We are delighted to have sponsors Quintiles & Innovex on board and we would like to thank them for all their support in ensuring that this will be a thoroughly enjoyable and fruitful event. RCSI’s greatest strength is its people- past, present and future. If this weekend’s festivities are anything to go by, the College has never been stronger.”

John Kiernan, CEO of Quintiles & Innovex said “We are delighted to be again supporting this special weekend. Alumni reunions allow graduates from far and near to converge to enjoy memories and renew old friendships as well as using it as an opportunity to network professionally.”