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


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Managing Director of Stafford Funeral Directors since 2005, having being involved in all areas of the family business from 1991 and Former President of the Irish Association of funeral Directors from 2009/2010 having served on it's council for 10 years.
Patrick Culligan, who was educated at St. Bendan’s Killarney and at Trinity College is a retired Garda Commissioner. He has an active interest in music and is a member of Bohemians Musical Society.
Mr Dermot Murphy is a Civil Servant and a member of the Institute of Public Administration and the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns.
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.
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.
Sr. Margherita Rock commenced her professional career in the Mater in 1965 when she joined the multi-disciplinary team in the Department of Child and Family Psychiatry. Her under-graduate training was in Carysfort College of Education and School of Social Studies at University College, Dublin. Her post-graduate studies included a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. and a Higher Diploma in Management in Education at Trinity College, Dublin.In the course of her professional work, Sr. Margherita was involved in the initiation of many projects and initiatives, including the development of satellite clinics in North Dublin, St. Paul’s Hospital for Autistic Children, Beaumont, and the School for Children with Dyslexia at Baggot St., Dublin. She also initiated NCEA Accredited Courses in Child Care, while supervising students from the various universities and colleges.In 1987, Sr. Margherita was appointed Executive Chairperson of the Mater’s Board of Management and continued in this role until 2002 when a new governance structure for the Mater and Childrens’ University Hospitals was established. With the introduction of this new governance structure, she was appointed to the Board of Governors and Board of Directors of the Mater, the Boards of the Children’s University Hospital and the Mater Campus Hospital Development (MCHD), and was given the brief of Director of Mission Effectiveness in the Mater. She was Chair of the Ethics Committee and Suantrai Ltd for a number of years and continues as a member of both the Ethics and Research Ethics Committees. She is a member of the Executive Management Committee and a number of other relevant committees in the hospital. While Chair of Mercy International Centre, Baggot St., Sr. Margherita worked with an international group of Mercy Sisters in shaping the evolving role of Mercy International Centre. She is currently a member of the Charitable Infirmary Charitable Trust (CICT), a Trustee of Parents Plus, and a member of the Board of the Dublin Neurological Institute, the Mater Trust and St. Paul’s Service.
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.