Limerick Historical Society next meeting

Christchurch Methodist Hall, O’Connell Street, Limerick, Eircode V94 W275 (near White House pub).

Limerick Historical Society (LHS) lecture will be held on Tuesday 16th April at 8.00pmSpeaker:  Prof. Pierce Grace.

Topic:  Six Doctors, One Hospital (Medicine in Limerick)

Venue:  Christchurch Methodist Hall, O’Connell Street, Limerick

Eircode V94 W275 (near White House pub).

Professor Grace is a retired consultant general and vascular surgeon at UL Hospitals, Limerick (1996-2014).  He is an Associate Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

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Pierce Grace, Biographical Notes

Pierce Grace is from Kilkenny and was educated locally at St Kieran’s College. He qualified in medicine from the RCSI in 1976 and thereafter pursued a career in surgery, training in Ireland, Britain and the United States. He was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon to the Hammersmith and Ealing Hospitals in London before taking up his post as a Consultant Surgeon in Limerick in 1996. Appointed Adjunct Professor of Surgical Science at the University of Limerick he was an enthusiastic supporter for the development of the medical school at the UL, an ambition that came to fruition in 2007. Pierce was chief clinical director at University Hospital Limerick before retiring from clinical practice in 2013. He taught surgery and anatomy at the School of Medicine, UL until 2020.

During his career Pierce wrote several books on surgery and has published extensively in the medical literature. In 2013 he was awarded an MA in Local History from UL. His dissertation, ‘The Middleclass of Callan, 1825-45’ was published as a pamphlet in the Maynooth Local Studies series in 2015 and he has history publications in Irish Historical StudiesHistory IrelandAdministartion, the Proceedings of the RIA, Peritia and Archivium Hibernicum. He is an Associate Fellow at the Dept of History in UL.

In his lecture, he is going to speak about the history of medicine in Limerick through the lives and experiences of six Limerick doctors ranging from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries and will discuss how the hospital system in Limerick evolved from the eighteenth to its current disposition.