Report
54th annual conference of the Irish Otolaryngology / Head & Neck Society
Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo, Ireland
11 + 12 October 2013

The 54th annual conference of the Irish Otolaryngology / Head & Neck Society took place at the fantastic Ashford Castle in county Mayo. The highly anticipated meeting proved yet again to be both a popular and very well organised event on the Irish otolaryngology circuit.

A wide variety of topics, from cone beam computer tomography of the craniofacial region (Jürgen Ramming), to the surgical management of nasal dermoid cysts in children (Jill Baker) were presented by representatives from Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe.

In addition to presentations by local speakers, a fascinating session on frontiers in the management of oropharyngeal cancer was chaired by Professor Patrick Gullane from Toronto (contributors included Vin Paleri, Peter Walshe, Paul O’Neill and Patrick Sheahan).

The Wilde discourse this year was given by Mr Gerard O Donoghue of Nottingham, and this was followed by a spectacular Gala dinner which was enjoyed by all.

The final day of the weekend concluded with an update on nasal polyposis by Professor Bachert (Belgium) and an immensly entertaining talk on the role of rhinology in pyscho- sexual analysis by Professor Michael Walsh of Beaumont Hospital, Dublin! Guest lectures were also delivered by Claire Hopkins (UK) and Christopher Bohr (Germany). All who attended had a wonderful time, and enjoyed the vibrant Trade Fair with over two dozen stands.

This hugely successful meeting continues to be a key event in the Irish otolaryngology calendar.


Phoebe Roche / ENT SpR (Dublin),
Nash Patil / ENT Consultant (Sligo)

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Ashford Castle

Professor Claus Bachert + Ms. Claire Hopkins (Guest Speakers)

Professor Michael Walsh delivering his invited lecture

Delegates at the meeting

Tadhg O'Dwyer (IOS President) handing over the Wilde medal to Professor Gerry O'Donoghue

Professors Gerry O'Donoghue and Michael Walsh

Delegates at the Head/Neck session

All photographs courtesy Ollie O’Flanagan, RCSI.