Ballinasloe Specialist Training Scheme in General Practice

03 August 2017
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Tel: 090 9624204

Background and location

The Ballinasloe Specialist Training Scheme in General Practice (originally entitled the East Galway / West Midlands Programme) was established in 2006 with an annual intake of four trainees initially. This intake increased to six trainees in 2016, and further increased to eight in 2017. The vast majority of Ballinasloe graduates are working in General Practice in Ireland.

Ballinasloe is situated in the heart of the country, thus is easily accessible on the M6 motorway. It is just 45 minutes' drive from Galway City, 20 minutes from Athlone and 90 minutes from Dublin.

Administration and teaching

The Scheme administration and teaching centre is located at St Brigid's Hospital Ballinasloe, which is a short distance from Portiuncula University Hospital. The Programme Directing team includes Dr Annette Jennings, Dr. Aaron Brennan, and Dr Marie-Therese Glynn, all of whom are actively engaged in General Practice.


The Scheme offers four years of structured training, with the first two years being hospital-based, and third and fourth year spent in general practice.

Hospital posts

The majority of hospital posts are based in Ballinasloe and are of three or six month's duration. Paediatrics, Accident & Emergency and Obstetrics / Gynaecology are based at Portiuncula University Hospital while Medicine posts are located both at Portiuncula and Roscommon University Hospitals. Our Psychiatry posts are community based in the East Galway and Roscommon Mental Health Services.

These high quality hospital posts provide an excellent, relevant and wide-ranging foundation for general practice and provide the trainee with invaluable exposure to acute presentations. The scheme is fortunate to have enthusiastic Consultant teachers with an awareness of the educational needs of GP trainees.

GP training practices

Each registrar spends two twelve-month periods in general practice, involving both group, and single-handed practices located in urban and rural areas. Click here for a map of practice locations.

Our GP trainers with the Ballinasloe Specialist Training Scheme are:

  • Dr Martin Daly, Ballygar, Co. Galway
  • Dr Matt O'Flaherty, Kinvara, Co. Galway
  • Dr David Meehan, Athenry Primary Care Centre, Athenry, Co. Galway
  • Dr Eugene O'Beirne, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
  • Dr John McCormack, Rosmuc Health Centre, Rosmuc, Conemara, Co. Galway
  • Dr Eamonn O'Shea, Claddagh Medical Centre, Galway City
  • Dr Susan Carroll, Lakeshore Medical Centre, Loughrea, Co. Galway
  • Dr Sinead Murphy, Galway Bay Medical Centre, Galway City
  • Dr Aoibhinn MacGowan, Crescent Medical Centre, Galway
  • Dr Martina Hanratty, Castle Street, Roscommon
  • Dr Fiona Sweeney, The Medical Centre, St. Coman's Park, Roscommon
  • Dr Madeleine Ni Dhalaigh, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon
  • Dr Katie Loftus, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
  • Dr Declan Brennan, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
  • Dr Michael Curran, Moate, Co. Westmeath

Day release

The day release programme takes place each Tuesday, with first and second years attending for a half day in the afternoon, and third and fourth years attending for a full day. All trainees are released from their posts to attend the day release programme. Teaching is mainly through small group work and is based on the principles of adult learning. Group size and learning methods allow for interaction, relationship building and a sharing of learning and experiences across all trainee groups, in a highly supportive environment. The development of special skills during the fourth year of training is actively encouraged and supported by the Ballinasloe Training Scheme.

Further information

If you require further information on any aspect of this scheme, you may contact Ms Anne Donohue, Programme Administrator - Ph: 090 9624204 or email: The current trainees on the scheme can be contacted at Portiuncula Hospital, 090 9648200.

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