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Dr Lucia Gannon

A wish for the next decade

It is time for the discrimination against young people with mental illness to end For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” TS Elliott. My number-one professional wish for the new decade is that the Child and…

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No time like the present

Asking questions about a patient’s life can be the best use of a doctor’s time nna had a list of things to ask the doctor that day. A niggling pain in her foot, a mole on her left shoulder, and if time allowed, she might be able to get that blood test she had been…

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An underwater world, where only you can breathe

In the grip of dementia, the mind is often lost at sea You sit in the chair by the window looking at the ocean. There is a mist out at sea, making it impossible to tell where the sky meets the water. You turn whenever anyone enters the room and smile. Blue eyes, sky blue…

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The dawning reality after the referendum

Providing new primary care services for abortion is a challenge, even if you voted ‘yes’ There is nothing new about unwanted pregnancies. The stories of Ireland’s mother and baby homes and Magdalene laundries are evidence of the failed attempts to deal with this issue in the past.  More recently, in 2018 alone, over 3,000 Irish…

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The forgotten songs of invisible women

How a relaxing Sunday drive led me to reflect on gender bias One Sunday morning in late July, I left the city of Galway and headed west to Connemara. I was alone, so I selected a Spotify Rock Classics playlist and pressed ‘shuffle play.’ It was not a morning for audiobooks, podcasts or radio. The…

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Seven things I learned at the Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas

The Carlow literary event provides plenty of food for thought On a damp and sunny Friday afternoon, I drove from Killenaule, through sleepy villages, woodlands and pastoral scenes worthy of a Virgil poem, to the idyllic village of Borris, for the Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas. The festival took place in the grounds of…

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Bad hair days

Dr Lucia Gannon writes that hair is not a trivial topic for many people, but an important part of their racial and cultural identity “Never shall a young man thrown into despair By those great honey-coloured Ramparts at your ear, Love you for yourself alone And not your yellow hair.” WB Yeats As a child,…

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A serenity prayer for medical professionals

Doctors should be aware of what they can and can’t change for a happy and effective professional life, writes Dr Lucia Gannon The best known version of the Serenity Prayer, written by Reinhold Niebuhr and first published in 1951, is: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change…

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All in a doctor’s day

Dr Lucia Gannon gives an account of how writing a book has provided her with a valuable perspective on her life as a GP I held the manuscript in my hands one last time before inserting it into the big brown envelope. I was glad to be alone as I was overwhelmed by a mixture…

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Becoming a Fellow

Her recent nomination for an RCGP Fellowship showed Dr Lucia Gannon that awards need not necessarily be reserved for the extraordinary I have always been uncomfortable with awards, believing that for every person who receives one, there are many others who do better, or equally good work, and are not getting the deserved recognition. I…

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