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IAPC Board of Directors

CHAIRPERSON: Dr Coman Hennelly B.Sc. (Pharmacy) MB BCH BAO

Clinical Research Fellow SPCS North East / Doctoral Candidate at the RCSI / Locum Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine OLOLH

I am a dual-qualified physician in Palliative Medicine in Ireland. I completed a degree of B.Sc. (Pharmacy) at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2007 and subsequently graduated with Honours from the four-year Graduate Entrant to Medicine Program in University College Cork in 2012. I went on to complete Basic Specialist Training in Internal Medicine before undertaking Higher Specialist Training in Palliative Medicine which I completed in July 2021. I have had broad exposure to all elements of palliative care including specialist inpatient care, community palliative care, paediatric palliative care and palliative care in acute services as well as working with all the stakeholders and groups involved in the provision of palliative care in Ireland. I am an active researcher and educator within palliative care with current research interests including the provision of paediatric palliative care services in Ireland and drug interactions and deprescribing in palliative medicine. I bring my expertise as a physician and as a trained pharmacist as well as representing doctors in the field in Ireland. I actively use my platform on social media for the promotion of palliative care at home and abroad. I currently blend my clinical role as a palliative medicine doctor with my doctoral research at the RCSI which focuses on improving prescribing for patients with organ failure diagnoses that are receiving palliative care.


SECRETARY: Dr. Hannah Linane MB, Bch, BAO, MRCPI.

I am currently undertaking a Fellowship in Adolescent and Young Adult Palliative Medicine with Children’s Health Ireland in Temple Street Hospital. I obtained a Bachelor of Medicine from National University of Ireland Galway in 2013. I have completed Higher Specialist Training in Palliative Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians in 2021. My research interests include provision of adolescent palliative care services in Ireland, staff wellbeing and psychological health and endocrinology issues in palliative medicine.


Stacey Power

Dr Stacey Power Walsh is an Assistant Professor on the Integrated Children’s and General Nursing programme in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. She is a registered Children’s and Intellectual Disability Nurse with a Post Grad in Palliative Care, MSc. in Specialist Nursing and Prof. Cert in Teaching and Learning. Stacey’s background is in children’s palliative and complex care in the community and hospice setting. Stacey’s research interests include Perinatal and Children’s palliative care and bereavement care and she has undertook a PhD exploring experiences of pregnancy with major fetal anomalies. Stacey continues to sit on the Pregnancy Loss Research Group and contribute to the Oversight Group, reviewing and updating the National Bereavement Care Standards for Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death.


Daniel Nuzum

Daniel Nuzum is a board certified healthcare chaplain and a clinical pastoral education supervisor and educator. Daniel has a specialist interest in palliative care and perinatal bereavement and serves on the Pastoral Care Team at Marymount University Hospital and Hospice and at Cork University Hospital. Daniel was awarded his PhD from University College Cork in the area of spiritual and professional impact of stillbirth and he holds an adjunct lecturer position at the College of Medicine and Health at University College Cork. Daniel was awarded an educational fellowship in 2021 by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care to develop online resources for Spiritual Care training.


Aidan McKiernan

Dr McKiernan is Principal Clinical Psychologist (Specialist) and Clinical Lead for Research at LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. There he leads the planning, development and delivery of psychological services for children and their families. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Psychology UCD, and Chartered Principal Clinical Psychologist at Dr A McKiernan Psychological Consultancy, a private practice based at Beechlawn Medical, Monkstown, Co Dublin. He was awarded a BA in psychology from UCD in 2003 and a PhD in 2008; the focus of his PhD was on coping with serious illness. In 2011 he completed doctoral training in clinical psychology at University of Limerick. He is a Board Member of the Irish Association for Palliative Care. He served on the Council of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and is former Chair of the Clinical Division of PSI. He has produced over 50 papers and presentations in areas such as coping with serious illness, research methodology, and relationship breakup. He has held research grants from Saint Luke’s Institute of Cancer Research, the Irish Research Counsel for the Human and Social Sciences and Cancer Research Ireland; and was a recipient of two UCD Seed Funding Awards. In 2015 he was awarded the Rita Keville Mindfulness Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin.


Dr. Ciara McGrath

Currently working as a specialist registrar in Palliative Medicine in St. Luke’s hospital Rathgar. Graduate of Medicine from NUI Galway. Currently in the final year of higher specialist training in Palliative Medicine. Also pursuing an MSc in clinical education through Edinburgh University


Stephen McDermott

Originally from Sligo, I received my degree in nursing from NUI Galway in 2006. I’ve worked in Specialist Palliative Care since 2008. I have worked in Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services for 10 years in various roles in the inpatient unit before taking a CNS role in St James Hospital. Currently I am CNM 3 with the Community Palliative Care Team & Ambulatory Services based in Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Blackrock. Outside of work I can usually be found reading, booking holidays or chasing after one of my dogs!


Dr. Maria Walsh

Dr Maria Walsh is a Specialist Registrar in Palliative Medicine, currently working in Milford Care Centre, Limerick. Having graduated from UCC with a Bachelor of Medicine in 2013, she moved to Melbourne and gained valuable experience as a member of the palliative care team at Wantirna Health Hospice. She completed Basic Specialist Training and became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2017. She has worked in Palliative Medicine in Marymount University Hospice, Cork, St James’s Hospital in Dublin and University Hospital Waterford.

Dr Walsh has a strong interest in medical education, having recently completed a Diploma in Health Professions’ Education. She has been actively involved in audit and quality improvement initiatives over the last number of years, aided by recently obtaining a Certificate in Healthcare Management Practice from UCD. Research areas of interest include the symptom management in life-limiting conditions, communication and health professions’ education.


Lasarina Maguire RNID, Dip Nurs, BNS, RNT, Msc, PgDIP Palliative Care, FFNMRC

Lasarina is currently employed with the Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nursing Service. She has held a variety of roles in education, practice development and management  and has always maintained her clinical practice. She is committed to the vision and mission of the IAPC and is passionate about the provision of evidenced based palliative care and end of life care.

She was the first Palliative Care for People with Learning Disabilities area representative (Republic of Ireland). She was the working representative for Intellectual Disability Nursing on  both the HSE  Palliative Care Competence Framework & the Irish Hospice Foundation Guidance document1: Facilitating discussions on future and end of life care with a person with dementia


TREASURER: Bettina Korn

Bettina Korn has been a member of the IAPC for a number of years. She was elected onto the Board of the IAPC in 2018 and currently serves as Treasurer to the organisation.

Bettina is employed by St. James’s Hospital, Dublin where she coordinates the Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HfH) Programme. The HfH is a national programme which aims to improve all aspects of end of life care in acute hospitals.

Having originally qualified as a nurse in Germany, Bettina moved to Ireland in 1996 and worked for nearly 15 years as a Respiratory Clinical Nurse Specialist where she developed a strong interest in palliative care for patients with advanced non-malignant lung diseases.


Lauren Boland

Lauren is a Senior Occupational Therapist in St Francis Hospice Dublin. Lauren has previously worked in Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services and St Vincent’s University Hospital. Lauren completed her PhD in Occupational Therapy with Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and St James’ Hospital, in 2018. Her research focused on the evaluation of a self-management intervention for cancer survivors. This research has been published in international journals and has been presented at research conferences nationally. Lauren was also a member of the AOTI Palliative Care and Oncology Advisory Group committee.


Julie Goss

Julie is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner(ANP) and Registered Nurse Tutor. She has a back ground in oncology and palliative care and have worked  in a variety of roles including clinical ,management and education .  

Julie currently works as an ANP in Palliative care  -primarily with patients with advanced respiratory illness.


Ms. Eimear O’Dwyer BSc. Pharm, MSc., Dip Clinical Pharmacy, MPSI.

Eimear has been Chief Pharmacist at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services since 2008. She graduated from Trinity College, Dublin and completed pharmacist training in Tallaght University Hospital in 2000 where she went on to work for several years as a clinical pharmacist in a range of specialties. While working at the Royal London Hospital, she completed a post graduate diploma in Clinical Pharmacy at the University of London. Throughout her career, she has had an interest in pain management and palliative care. Eimear completed a research masters in pharmacy practice in palliative care at Trinity College Dublin, developed the national Palliative Meds Info service and has overseen development of pharmacy services in palliative care. As a clinical lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, Eimear is involved in education at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is a founding member of the IAPC Palliative Care Pharmacists Group.


Staff of IAPC

Jacinta Cuthbert was appointed General Manager of the IAPC in October 2019. Jacinta has been working in the Non Profit Sector for over 25 years, predominantly in the Adult Education Sector.  The role that she had in Adult Education was that of Head of Organisational Development, in a significantly larger organisation.  Her main duties directly correlate to the GM role in the IAPC, Governance, Staff Recruitment and Management, Finances, Event management and Membership engagement.  She has a Masters in Management in the Voluntary Sector however she also holds a number of certificates and diplomas in various specialties ie, Human Resources, Corporate Governance and Life & Business Coaching and others.  Jacinta started her career in the private sector

Cathy Herbert joined the IAPC in March 2021 as an Administration Assistant.  Cathy’s background is in the Banking Sector where she held the role of Customer Service Manager.  She took voluntary redundancy from the bank in 2016 to raise her young family.  During this time, she also under-took courses in Childcare and SNA, and was successful in gaining a part-time position in childcare.  Her role in the organisation is to assist the General Manager with the administration needs of the organisation, to ensure it is an efficient and professional organisation.   Her main duties include maintaining the Accounts, preparation and administration support for the Education & Research Seminar and AGM, together with updating and maintaining membership.  This is a developing role and will ultimately expand during her contract period.