Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

10 Minutes with...

29 July 2016

This month, we speak to Sri Lankan born, Lalith Kithulegoda (Medicine, Class of 1982) who catches us up on his career in the UK, his memories of Bewley's Café and life lessons learnt from Harold Browne.


Dr Kithulegoda, what have you been up to since graduation?
After College, I moved to the UK and worked first in hospitals and then as a GP. Following training in Disability Medicine, I have, since 2001, worked full-time in Occupational Medicine.

I met my wife, Rehana in our native country of Sri Lanka, and our daughter, Ayesha was born on our first wedding anniversary in 1996. Ayesha is now in the first year of a 4 year International Management course at Warwick University in the UK.


Lalith pictured with his wife, Rehana and daughter, Ayesha in 1997

My wife and I plan to retire back to Sri Lanka by the end of 2018 - after my 35th class reunion in 2017!


What do you remember most about Ireland?
The warmth and kindness of the Irish people. I am still in touch with my first landlady from 1977, and I visit her and her family when in Ireland.

I also remember the constant rain that kept the grass so green, Irish full fat milk tasting like ice cream, plays in town and afternoons in Bewley's Café.


Best piece of advice received in College?
From the late and great Mr Harold Browne in the Richmond Hospital who said: "Common things (in Medicine) are common and rare things are rare."

This has stayed with me throughout my career.


And, finally, what's your top advice to Alumni?
Always remember the great honour we have of helping others and treat everyone the same.