Dr. Fergal Nally, Rest in Peace

The Faculty of Dentistry is saddened to learn of the recent passing of Dr. Fergal Nally, one of our most respected and distinguished Fellows of the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI. Dr. Nally died on 14th September 2023.

Dr. Nally was born in 1935, qualified in both Dentistry and Medicine from the RCSI, and was a consultant in Oral Medicine at the Eastman Dental Hospital in London, as well as serving teaching roles in Ireland and the UK. Dr. Nally was the true embodiment of the renaissance man and was a gifted clinician, researcher and teacher. He was also a sportsman, musician, author, and an artist of the highest reputation.

Dr. Nally graduated from the Catholic University School where he was a scholar and sportsman of repute, even claiming the wicket of his famous contemporary Dr. Tony O’Reilly in a victorious appearance in the Leinster Schools cricket final.
Dr. Nally attended the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and graduated in medicine and dentistry by the time he was aged 24 years. During his undergraduate career, he obtained every undergraduate dental prize in the College.

Following graduation, Dr. Nally became a Fellow of the Faculty of Dentistry in England in 1963 and in Ireland in 1969, and he served on the Board of the Faculty of Dentistry in Dublin for almost 10 years. Fergal was Lecturer in Pathology, Physiology and Periodontology in the RCSI in the 1960s and was appointed Consultant in Periodontology in the Dublin Dental Hospital in 1965. In the late 1960s, he moved to London, where he held various lecturing and consultant posts at the University of London, Eastman Dental Hospital and also at St Marys Hospital. He became a renowned expert in the field of Trigeminal Neuralgia and in 1981 completed his MD thesis on the “Management of Paroxysmal Trigeminal Neuralgia”. In subsequent years he continued his research interest in Facial Pain and published widely not only on Trigeminal Neuralgia but also on the diagnosis and management of malignant and premalignant conditions of the oral mucosa. His book “A Manual of Oral Medicine” was greatly loved and a staple in the collections of dental students throughout the world for many years.

Perhaps the popularity of this text with readers should serve as no surprise - in later years, Dr. Nally established a reputation as an accomplished author, publishing the acclaimed trilogy of novels: “A Matter of Conscience”, “A Matter of Time”, and “To Speak the Unspoken”. This trilogy dealt with the trials of Dr. John Nicholson, as he struggled against sabotage, legal challenges and the pharmaceutical establishment to develop novel cancer medication. It provided a rare and incisive insight into the effects of cancer on patients, families, doctors and scientists.

Dr. Nally developed a passion for painting, and his gifts were recognised in Ireland and abroad, where his landscape work became much sought after. He exhibited at the Oireachtas Exhibitions and Royal Hibernian Academy on numerous occasions, and his paintings hang at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin and the offices of the German Government among other locations. The world of dentistry was not blind to his artistic talent either, and his works also grace the offices of the American Dental Association in Chicago, the Federation Dentaire Internationale in London and the Royal College of Surgeons building on St Stephen’s Green, where many will also be familiar with his painting of the College coat of arms that hangs in the College concourse. Indeed, in 1984, Dr. Nally was commissioned by the Irish Government to design a postage stamp to commemorate the Bicentenary of the RCSI. His artistic expertise was formally acknowledged when he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London in 1993. Dr. Nally was also a musicophile and a talented pianist.

When the loss of someone of a previous generation occurs, to those who did not know that person, their talents and impact on the lives of others can pass unnoticed with them, and all that remains is a name. Thankfully, Dr. Nally’s name will live on in the Fergal Nally Lecture, established by the Faculty during his lifetime to honour his enormous contribution to the Faculty, to RCSI, and our profession over the years. The Fergal Nally lecture has been delivered on alternate years since 2003, when Dr. Nally was the inaugural lecturer. Given his array of talents, it is fitting that the Lecture theme is not necessarily related to Dentistry, previous lecturers have included luminaries such as Dr. Brendan Kennelly and the famous explorer Tim Severin.

The Faculty and its alumni offer their sympathies to Dr. Nally’s family and colleagues. In acknowledging the legacy of his achievements in both dentistry and the many other facets of his life, we hope Dr. Nally will serve as an inspiration to all those who work and study in dentistry in Ireland and who strive to make the most of their abilities.

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Edward Cotter



BA, B. Dent Sc, FFD RCSI, MS Prosthodontics


Edward Cotter graduated from Trinity College in 1988. He worked for two years in General Practice in Downpatrick Co Down. He received his specialty Residency training in Prosthodontics at the University of Iowa and his Fellowship training in Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Dental Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Edward is in practice limited to Prosthodontics, Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Dental Oncology in Dublin. He is a previous Secretary of the Board of Faculty of Dentistry. He is a previous member of the Board of the Irish Dental Association. He is a Past President of Metropolitan Branch of IDA.

Peter Ramsay-Baggs





Mr Ramsay-Baggs qualified from The London Hospital Dental School (QMC, U London) in 1976. He spent time in general dental practice in London before undertaking his specialist training with posts in Scotland and London prior to attending Queens University Belfast to undertake a medical degree. His training was completed in Northern Ireland. He obtained the FFD in 1987, FDS in 1989 and the FRCS in 1990. He was appointed Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon in 1991. He was member of the Board of the Faculty of Dentistry RCSI in 2005, 2014-2017 and 2017-2020.

Joe Hennessy



BA, B. Dent Sc, MFD(RCSI), DClinDent(TCD), MOrth(RCSEd), FFD(RCSI)


Joe is a Specialist Orthodontist in Dundrum, Dublin and the Regional Orthodontic Unit ,Tallaght. He is an Orthodontic Supervisor in the Dublin Dental University Hospital and has served on the previous Board of the RCSI faculty of Dentistry. He is the Treasurer for the Faculty of Dentistry RCSI, is the Chair of the Audit and Finance committee and a member of the Education Committee for the Faculty. Joe is the Lead Examiner for the FFD in Orthodontics for the RCSI.
Joe qualified as a dentist from Trinity College Dublin in 2008, obtaining a first Class Honours degree and winning the Sheldon Friel Prize for the overall highest grade in his final exams.

Osama E Omer



BDS Khartoum
MSc (1986) & PhD (1991) Manchester
FDSRCSI & FFDRCSI (Intercollegiate 1999)
Diploma in Health Services Management (Dip. HSM) Institute of Commercial Management, UK (2004)
University Diploma in Implantology (DIU), Lille (2010)
Associate Fellowship of American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AFAAID) (2011)


Served for a number of terms in the Board of Faculty of Dentistry RCSI and was Vice Dean during 2013-2015. Examiner FODRCSI since 2000. Former Director of Continuing Dental Education, Dublin Dental University Hospital during 2005-2010. Internal and External Examiner for under and postgraduate Dental Students. Research interests include Clinical Dental Materials and Restorative Dental Oncology. Published in local, regional and international dental periodicals. Member of various learned societies including the IADR, ISMR. Currently works as Associate Professor/Consultant in Restorative Dentistry/Restorative Dental Oncology, Dublin Dental University Hospital.

Sean Malone



BA, B. Dent Sc, FFD RCSI, Dip Clin Dent, TCD FICD


Dr Sean Malone graduated from TCD in 1980. He worked in the Dublin Dental Hospital, and Liverpool Dental Hospital, and in General Practice in U.K. He returned to Dublin in 1990, and worked in the Dublin Dental Hospital and in General Practice in Sandycove. Dr Malone completed his FFD in General Dentistry in 1992, and the Diploma in Clinical Dentistry in 2002. He was elected to the International College of Dentistry in 2008.He was a part time lecturer in the Dublin Dental Hospital from 1990 to 2000, from which time he devoted himself full time to Private practice. He is a past President of the Irish Dental Association. In his time as Board member of the Faculty of Dentistry RCSI, he has organised the Annual Scientific Meeting for many years, and examined extensively in Ireland, the Middle East, and Sudan. Dr Malone feels that a strong voice for General Practice is of vital importance on the Board of the Faculty of Dentistry.

Andrew Bolas



BDS 1991 Queens University, FFDRCSI Oral Surgery 1994, FDSRCS(Ed) Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine 1995, MSc Dental Radiology 2000 Kings College London, FICD 2018


Board Member RCSI 2019-2023, Assistant National Oral Health Lead HSE, Part time Lecturer in Dental Radiology, Dublin Dental University Hospital. Co-Chair of the National Radiation Protection Committee. Dental representative on the EPA Ionising Radiation Committee. National and International speaker on Dental Radiology and radiography. President of Irish Dental Association 2012.

Lorna Dobbyn



B.A. B.Dent.Sc (TCD), MFDS RCSEd, MDSc, M.Orth (RCSEd), FDS (Orth) RCSEd, FFD (RCSI), PGCert(MedEd)


I graduated as a dentist from Trinity College Dublin in 2001 and following the VT programme in Ireland I went to the UK for a variety of house officer posts. I subsequently went on to complete specialist orthodontic training at Dundee Dental School and then Consultant training at Glasgow Dental School in Scotland. My masters research was on evaluating outcomes in cleft care and I have maintained an interest in this area managing a spoke cleft centre. I have been head of the orthodontic unit in Galway University Hospital for the past 10 years and am the current chair of the Irish Consultant Orthodontist Group (ICOG). I have been involved in lecturing and examining for RCSI for the last 10 years. I am interested in teaching and training for the whole dental team. I would like to develop the role of the therapist in the public service in Ireland in order to improve efficiency and staffing levels. I would like to develop career pathways for all members of the dental team from nurses to specialists.

Albert Yeung


BDS Glasgow 1989

MMedSci Sheffield 1999


MPHe Manchester 2004



FHEA 2007

FFPH 2007

MPhil Manchester 2010

ACIEA 2020

MCGDent 2021


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