Tallaght University Hospital & South Dublin County Council Host Free Health & Wellbeing Seminar

23rd April 2018: The Centre for Learning & Development at Tallaght University Hospital in partnership with South Dublin County Council will host a free health and wellbeing seminar for those aged 55 and over in the community. The joint initiative will take place on Wednesday 16th May 2018 in Tallaght County Library from 10am – 1pm, with registration from 9.45am.

This free event is designed with those living locally over the age of 55 in mind and aims to raise awareness of the importance of healthy living and self-care. Held in May during Green Ribbon Month which is an ongoing campaign to end the stigma of mental health the topics will cover dealing with depression, how to be happy and the local support services that are available.

Speaking about the upcoming seminar, Tallaght University Hospital consultant psychiatrist and Trinity College Professor of Psychiatry Brendan Kelly, said, “The seminar is a great opportunity for anyone over 55 living in the community to discuss health and wellbeing concerns with some experienced healthcare professionals.  We have an ageing population in Tallaght, and as physical and mental health are intrinsically linked, the aim of the seminar will be on highlighting the importance of both to creating happiness when you’re over the age of 55. I will be covering ‘How to be Happy’ as well as looking at the other factors that influence the state of our mental health including employment and genetics. I am looking forward to working alongside South Dublin County Council for the event on May 16th and hope to see as many men and women from the community there as possible.”

Frank Price and Valerie Brien, Community Development Officers of South Dublin County Council said, “We are delighted to once again work with Tallaght University Hospital to bring the free Health and Wellness seminar for local over 55’s to Tallaght County Library. Attendees will hear from a range of excellent speakers and I am sure that those who come along will find the seminar informative and helpful.”

Places are limited, and booking is essential. Those interested in attending should contact Frank Price on 086 606 3683 or email fprice@sdublincoco.ie

The seminar line-up includes:

Recognising mental illness

Dr. Eileen Sweeney


Dr Siobhan Ni Bhriain, Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, Clinical Director Dublin South Central Mental Health Service

Mental Health – supports available in the community for carers and family

Brid O’Meara, Director of Services, Aware

How to be Happy

Professor Brendan Kelly, Tallaght University Hospital Consultant Psychiatrist and Trinity College Professor of Psychiatry

 Notes to Editor:

About Tallaght University Hospital
Tallaght University Hospital is one of Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospitals, providing child-health, adult, psychiatric and age-related healthcare on one site. The hospital has 495 adult beds and 67 paediatric bed with over 3,000 people on staff. The Hospital is a provider of local, regional and national specialities. It is also a national urology centre, the second largest provider of dialysis services in the country and a regional orthopaedic trauma centre. 

Tallaght University Hospital is one of the two main teaching hospitals of Trinity College Dublin - specialising in the training and professional development of staff in areas such as nursing, health and social care professionals, emergency medicine and surgery, amongst many others. Tallaght University Hospital is uniquely part of both the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group and the Children’s Hospital Group which serves a population of over 1.2 million across seven counties. 

A new satellite centre is to be built at Tallaght University Hospital as part of the National Children’s Hospital project as a key element of an integrated clinical network for paediatric services nationally. 

The Hospital’s Emergency Departments catered for 50,286 Adult Attendances and 32,886 Paediatric Attendances in 2017. A further 291,483 patients were treated through the Hospital’s adult and paediatric outpatient clinics in 2017. The Hospital’s operations are supported by 200 general practitioners in surrounding communities.