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Prof Brendan Kelly appointed as Dun’s Librarian-elect

Duns Library

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof Brendan Kelly as Dun’s Librarian-elect. Prof Kelly will take up the Dun’s Librarian post in June on the retirement of the current holder, Dr Paul Darragh.

The Dun’s Librarian post has existed in RCPI since 1787. Originally responsible for the College’s teaching library, the post has evolved in recent years to one of oversight of the College’s Heritage Centre and historic collections, which received full museum accreditation from the Heritage Council in 2018.

Prof Mary Horgan, RCPI President, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Professor Brendan Kelly to the position of Dun’s Librarian-elect and look forward to working with him in advancing the mission of our Heritage Centre and its associated collection. The centuries-old history of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is unique and will be in good hands under the guidance of Prof Kelly alongside our Keeper of Collections, Harriet Wheelock. I must also take this opportunity to extend thanks to our outgoing Dun’s Librarian, Dr Paul Darragh, for his tireless work in this area and in helping the Heritage Centre and its collections to flourish during his time in the role.”

Prof Brendan Kelly (photo by Ruth Medjber)

"The centuries-old history of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is unique and will be in good hands under the guidance of Prof Kelly"

RCPI President, Prof Mary Horgan

Prof Brendan Kelly said "The Royal College of Physicians in Ireland has a unique and invaluable library and heritage collection. The collections reveal not only the history of medicine, but also key developments in the history of Ireland as a nation, and the enormous impact of Irish doctors abroad. Dun's Library is one of Ireland's national treasures and its full potential has yet to be explored. I'm delighted to take up the post of Dun's Librarian and to be part of that exploration in the years ahead."

Brendan Kelly is Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin and Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght University Hospital. He holds doctorates in medicine, history, governance and law, and has published extensively in these areas. Amongst his numerous publications are Mental Health in Ireland: The complete guide for Patients, families, heath care professionals and everyone who wants to be well (Liffey Press, 2017) Hearing Voices: The history of Psychiatry in Ireland (Irish Academic Press, 2016) and Dignity, Mental Health and Human Rights: Coercion and the law (Routledge, 2015). Brendan has been a Fellow of the College since 2011, and a Member of the Library and Heritage Committee since 2015.

Sir Patrick Dun