A tribute to an exceptional UCD Medicine Alumna – Dr Mary J Farrell

 

UCD extended a warm welcome to Patricia O’Kelly and the Farrell Family and friends to UCD School of Medicine Conferring and Awards Ceremony for the presentation of the inaugural Dr Mary J Farrell Medal in General Practice.

 

Thanks to Patricia O’Kelly’s generous support, UCD School of Medicine has established The Mary J Farrell Community Care Scholarship Fund to honour her legacy. The fund will support a research elective for a medical student in a country general practice and has allowed the School to establish a medal as tribute to an exceptional UCD Medicine Alumna. Dr Mary J Farrell graduated with first class honours in 1916 and with a distinguished career in England, Africa and Ireland, she laid the foundations for modern general practice care in Ireland.

 

Patricia O’Kelly and her cousins, Jacqueline Quinn, Jill Whyte and Lucius Farrell – nieces and nephew of Dr Mary J Farrell are pictured in the above photograph with Mary Ellen McMahon, the inaugural recipient of the Mary J Farrell Student Summer Research Award and Dr Sean Griffin, recipient of the Mary J Farrell Medal in General Practice.

 

L to R: Dr Mel Gorman, Lucius Farrell, Patricia O’Kelly, Mary Ellen McMahon, recipient of the inaugural Mary J Farrell Student Summer Research Award, Professor Michael Keane, Head of UCD School of Medicine, Dr Sean Griffin, recipient of the Mary J Farrell Medal in General Practice, Professor Walter Cullen, Professor of General Practice, Kitty Hughes, Jacqueline Quinn and Jill Whyte