About

The Charitable Infirmary is the oldest voluntary hospital in Ireland and Great Britain. Founded in 1718, it served the citizens of Dublin for 270 years. In its near three centuries of existence it was witness to the social and cultural vicissitudes of a city that witnessed the splendour and poverty of the Georgian era, the depression following the Act of Union, the excitement of Catholic Emancipation, the industrial and scientific progress of the Victorian age, the misery of the Great Famine, the Easter Rebellion and the Civil War, and lastly the dramatic social changes that characterised the history of the ninetieth century. In 1718 six Dublin surgeons, appalled by the miserable conditions of the sick poor in the city, opened the first voluntary hospital in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in Cook Street, Dublin. The Hospital moved premises a number of times and when the plans for the new Four Courts were announced in 1786, it became necessary for the Charitable Infirmary to move on once more. The Earl of Charlemont, having just completed a mansion (now the Municipal Gallery) on Rutland (now Parnell) Square, vacated his old family mansion at No. 14 Jervis Street, which was purchased by the trustees of the hospital. The Charitable Infirmary was built on this site in 1803 with monies raised by public subscription. The hospital was administered under royal charters from 1792. In 1854, on the invitation of the Managing Committee of the Governors, the Sisters of Mercy came to the Charitable Infirmary to supervise nursing and continued in unbroken service for 129 years. The first blood transfusion in Ireland was given in the Charitable Infirmary on 20th April 1865 and the first kidney transplant in the country was performed there on 31st January 1964. On 28th November 1987, the patients and staff were transferred to the new Beaumont Hospital, and the Charitable Infirmary, known affectionately by Dubliners as “the Jerv”, closed its doors after 270 years devoted to caring for the sick and needy of Dublin and much of Ireland.

The Board

The members of the Board of the Charitable Infirmary Charitable Trust are (please click on each member's name for more information).

The Managing Committee

The Managing Committee of the Charitable Infirmary Charitable Trust is elected annually by the Governors and operates under the Charter originally granted in 1792 and provides support for the needs for the sick and infirm of Dublin, and for medical research, education and training.

Trust Sub Committee Medical Group Members

CEO

Information coming soon.
Bernard Kearney has worked in the IT industry for over 40 years and is currently owner and Managing Director of one of Ireland’s leading computer companies, ICT Services. He has a strong affiliation with both Jervis Street and Beaumont Hospitals being a kidney transplant patient for 35 years. Bernard is a graduate from TU Dublin.
A management graduate of the College of Commerce and the Irish Management Institute and a qualified mediator. Former General Manager of UCC Dental School and Hospital and former head of General Services, UCC.  Held senior management positions in the following hospitals:  St. Laurence’s, The Charitable Infirmary, Ibn Al Bitar (Baghdad), Beaumont, Mercy Cork and Mater Private Cork. Awarded honorary life membership of An tAontas of the UCC Students’ Union. Former Board Director of Crawford Art Gallery Cork and Chair of the Artistic Policy Sub-Committee.  Former director of a Credit Union. Currently involved in mediation.
Ina Nolan is a Science graduate from UCD who has worked as a hospital biochemist in Dublin and in Limerick. She is also a qualified environmental scientist. In recent years she has been managing the examination facilities for UCD.
Project Director and Consultant to various private International Investment Funds. Professionally qualified in a variety of disciplines, he is the former Chief Executive of the National Sports Campus Development Authority (2008-2013) which put the capital infrastructure in place for developing performance excellence within Irish sport. He is also the former Director of Estates at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland ( RCSI) during a period of rapid expansion and international development (1985-2006).
Father Damian O’Reilly, a former curate of the Parish of St. Agnes in Crumlin and the Parish of St. Columba, was appointed as the first full-time Hospital Chaplain of the Mater Private Hospital. He was appointed Curate to St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral became Administrator of the Pro-Cathedral in 2009 at which time he joined the Management Committee and Finance Committee of the Charitable Infirmary Charitable Trust.
John spent more than forty years in IT and retired from Fujitsu’s global marketing group in 2017. He then joined the board of An Taicse, serving as chair from 2017-2019. He has a BSc in Botany and an MSc in Ecology from UCD and an MBA from the Open University. He is a chartered engineer and fellow of the Institution of Engineers in Ireland and a fellow of the Irish Computer Society. He has served on the board and as chair of a number of membership, charitable and commercial organisations. 
Joan Reidy is radiographer who worked in this capacity in The Charitable Infirmary, Jervis St and after the closure of the Hospital moved to Beaumont Hospital where she served as Deputy Radiography Services Manager until her retirement.
Born and Educated in Dublin. A Member on the Board of Governors since 1980, Elected to the Managing Committee 2014. Managing Director and Owner of an Engineering Services Company in the Agri-Grain and Food Industry.
Kieran Taaffe is Emeritus Dean of International Affairs at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Boards of The Robert Boyle Foundation, The Birr Scientific & Heritage Foundation and The Drugs Treatment Centre. In 1994 he was created an Erasmus Laureate by the EU Commission for his contribution to European University Integration.
Professor Cathal Kelly took up the position of Chief Executive/Registrar of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in December 2009. A Graduate and Fellow of RCSI, Professor Kelly previously held the post of Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences from 2006 to 2009.Prior to his appointment, Cathal was a Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon, with a special interest in endovascular surgery, in Beaumont Hospital. He combined this role with the chairmanship of the surgical division and an academic position in RCSI as vice Dean for curriculum change. In addition to completing his basic and higher surgical training in Dublin, Professor Kelly pursued a Research Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA.Cathal has also won the prestigious “Patey Prize” of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland for research he conducted at Beaumont Hospital and he has also obtained first place in the Intercollegiate Specialty Board Examinations.In 2005, Professor Kelly was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education at Queen’s University Belfast. In 2009 he was conferred with a Master of Business Administration Degree by Institutio de Empressa of Madrid.A native of Inishowen, Co Donegal, Cathal is married to Ruth and they have three children, MaryKate, Caroline and Charlie.
Gerry McElvaney is Professor of Medicine, Chairman of the Department of Medicine, RCSI since 1998. He graduated from the National University of Ireland in 1982 and did his Internal Medicine training in Ireland before undertaking a Pulmonary Fellowship in the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Following this he moved, as Senior Investigator, to the Pulmonary Branch of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, USA for 8 years before moving as Assistant Professor to Cornell University Medical Center/Rockefeller University Hospital, New York. He returned to Ireland in 1996.
Bridget was  born in Claremorris  Co. Mayo and was educated in Mount St. Michael’s Claremorris and in The Bower, Athlone. She qualified as a General Nurse in 1981 and later as a Counsellor / Psychotherapist. In addition to her work with the Trust she is also employed as a Nurse Counsellor in Beaumont Hospital.