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FSEM Dean, Officers and Staff

Dean and officers of the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine


Dean: Mr Cliff Beirne


Mr Beirne is a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon based mainly at the Sports Surgery Clinic in Santry. Previously he was a Consultant in The John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford and Beaumont and St James's. He is a former International Tennis player, playing ATP Satellite Tournaments as a Medical Student, also playing under age Gaelic Football in St Vincent's and Soccer in Home Farm. He served as the Training Programme Director in OMFS and was the RCSI Representative on the Specialist Advisory Committee in OMFS. A keen advocate on player welfare issues in Sport, as a member of the Medical Scientific and Welfare Committee of the GAA he launched the compulsory use of Faceguards and Helmets in Hurling in 2009 for the GAA and spoke to the GAA Annual Congress in 2012 proposing the successful motion on introducing compulsory Mouthguards in Gaelic Football. Formally involved with the IRFU for 20 years, he currently chairs the Care Sub-committee of the IRFU Charitable Trust. Recently he has been a Medical Advisor to Monkstown Hockey Club and is a member of the Concussion Research Group at the Sports Surgery Clinic.

Vice-Dean: Dr Nick Mahony


Dr Mahony is Head of the Discipline of Anatomy and Course Coordinator MSc Sports & Exercise Medicine, and Medical Officer in the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL), Trinity College Dublin. Nick was formerly NGB medical officer for Rowing Ireland and the Irish Canoe Union. Nick works as an Sports and Exercise Medicine and Exercise Physiology service provider to athletes from recreational to elite on a daily basis in the HPL in Trinity College Dublin. 

Honorary Secretary: Mr John Quinlan

MB, BCh, BAO (Hons.), MCh, FFSEM, FRCS (Tr. & Orth.)

John is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Tallaght and Naas Hospitals with a specialist interest in lower limb arthroplasty and knee surgery. He was previously a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in University Hospital Waterford and Lourdes Orthopaedic Hospital, Kilcreene.

Following his orthopaedic training in Ireland, John did a lower limb arthroplasty fellowship in the University of Otago, New Zealand where he also taught on the Diploma in Sports Medicine course and was part of the Highlanders medical team in Super Rugby. He has been team doctor for Ireland and Leinster Rugby underage teams since 2003 and remains part of the medical team for UCD RFC.

John has multiple publications in the areas of sports and exercise and is actively involved in surgical training. He is the current Honorary Academic Secretary of the Irish Institute for Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery.

Treasurer: Dr Adrian McGoldrick


Dr McGoldrick is a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (FFSEM) and of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is a G.P., practicing in Newbridge, Co. Kildare since 1984. He has been a racecourse medical officer for 28 years and Turf Club Senior Medical Officer since January 2008. He has been joint co-ordinator of the Turf Club Research Group since 2004 and has co-authored multiple articles and abstracts with respect to the welfare of jockeys. He is a member of the Equestrian Helmet Technical Committee of N.S.A.I. and Convenor of Working Group 5 (Helmets for Horse Riders) of CEN, the European Standards Body.

Membership Secretary: Dr Mick Molloy

Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Wexford General Hospital 

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Administrator: Ms Stephanie Billault - Tel: 01- 402 2780

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CPD Co-ordinator: Ms Annemarie Creighton - Tel: 01- 402 2382

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Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (RCPI & RCSI)

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

RCSI House, 121 St Stephen's Green

Dublin 2

Fax: 01- 402 2781