Dear colleagues

After more than 18 months of covid disruption, we are pleased to announce that we are holding a conference on the first Sat in October – Saturday2nd October, 2021. This will be our 6th Annual Conference and will be online only. We were reluctant to commit to an in-person venue given the uncertainty around the pandemic.

This year’s conference is called: “The Art of Dying Well – Clinical and Pastoral Perspectives”

Please find attached the finalised time-table and posters for advertising. These have been designed for easy printing and look good both in colour and black and white. We plan to announce our name-change to the Catholic Medical Association of Ireland, CMA, on the day. This is to emphasise the inclusivity of our membership base and encourage all those working in healthcare settings to join our organisation. 

We have also included a short body of text outlining the conference details for those who may want to post information in local newsletters. 

Hopefully we have a great turnout for this excellent speaker line-up.

Registration and further information is to be found online, Please register in advance in order to obtain the zoom link to access the live talks. 

Once again, CPD points have been requested from the ICGP.

Kind regards



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Venue: Online Only

09:45 Welcome & Introduction – Dr. Keith Holmes, President, ICDLN

Opening Prayer – Fr Paul Francis Spencer CP, Chaplain, ICDLN 

10:00   Prof. Ilora Baroness Finlay of Llandaff

Professor of Palliative Medicine, Member of the House of Lords

“Dignity and issues around Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia.” 

10:45 Fr. John Kelly, 

Chaplain & Director of Pastoral Care, Tallaght University Hospital

“Experience of Chaplaincy Services during the Covid Pandemic.”

11:30 Break – Tea/Coffee

12:00 Prof. David Albert Jones 

Fellow, Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre

“The Ethics of ‘Assisted Dying’: Respect for Life, Acceptance of Death, Freedom of Conscience and Suicide Prevention”

13:00   Lunch Break

14:00   Dr Miriam Colleran

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St. Brigid’s Hospice & Naas Hospital, Co. Kildare

“Assisted Dying – the Naming of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia & where we are now.” 

15:00 Bishop Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick

“Spirituality in Healthcare.” 

16:00 Closing Remarks and End