The fifty-first annual conference of the Irish Otolaryngology Society

The fifty-first annual conference of the Irish Otolaryngology Society took place at the Lough Erne Conference Centre in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th October 2010. The meeting opened after lunch on the Friday, when Mr Bill Primrose welcomed the guests. Immediately thereafter, there was a paediatric and otology session with free papers being chaired by Michael Colreavy and Cate Scally, following which a rhinology and general session took place, overseen by David Smyth and Robin Adair. A number of papers from all over the country were presented at these two sessions and vigorous debates often took place!

The next morning began with an AGM of the Society, following which there was a head and neck session (Liam Skinner and David Brooker). Then came the star attraction of the morning, an otology symposium, chaired by Ted McNaboe and Brendan Conlon, where Neil Bailie, Gerry Halik and Robert Owens presented topics of great interest to the delegates. Difficult cases were discussed as well. Later that evening, Dr Fred Owens, the Wilde Discourser, gave a scintillating talk on the evolution of Otology (My Otological Journey - 1966-2010). He presented his personal experience of many physicians and engineers from previous eras. A robust social programme was also undertaken.