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The History of the South Dublin Union – Friends of the Library Lecture

The Friends of the Library – Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce their next lecture. Admission is free. All welcome! Enquiries to 01 8961544 or

Dr Davis Coakley

The History of the South Dublin Union

19:30, Thursday 14 February 2019

Thomas Davis Lecture Theatre, Arts Building Concourse, Trinity College Dublin

Davis Coakley is a doctor and writer who graduated from University College Cork in 1971. He served as a consultant physician at St James’s Hospital, Dublin (1979-2011) and was professor of medical gerontology in Trinity College Dublin (1996-2011). He was dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences from 1993 to 1999. He was co-chairman of the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI), a body which promoted research on ageing across the island of Ireland. He is a Trustee of the Edward Worth Library and has served as its chairman. He has also served as Dun’s Librarian in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is chairman of the steering group of the Mercer’s Institute for Research on Ageing (MIRA). He is cofounder of The Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing at St James’s Hospital, a state of the art facility embracing health care, education and research. He has published over 150 scientific papers in relation to ageing in peer-reviewed journals. He is the author of books on medicine, medical history and Irish literature. His most recent books include Medicine in Trinity College Dublin: An illustrated History and The History and Heritage of St James’s Hospital Dublin which he co-authored with his wife Mary. He is an honorary fellow of Trinity College Dublin and a fellow of the Irish, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow Colleges of Physicians.