Ayrfield Medical Practice

Our Mission Is to Provide a Professional & Honest Approach to Health Care

We want to deal with all your health needs and most of our services are running and we have added Online Services for your convivence in these very challenging times to help you access our services

Our History

The origins of Ayrfield Medical Practice go back to 1952 when Dr Ailish Forristal commenced practice as the first female GP in Kilkenny City at 43 Parliament St. She was significantly ahead of her time in recognizing and providing for womens’ health needs in the locality. In the late 50s Dr John Hindle started as a GP in High Street while also working as a highly skilled orthopaedic surgeon at Kilcreene. By 1974, Dr Hindle amalgamated his practice with Dr Forristal in Parliament St.

Throughout this time the Parliament Street practice expanded and flourished to the point that it was joined by Drs John and Bill Cuddihy in the early 80s. Dr Gobnait Kearney was an ideal successor to Dr Forristal upon her retirement in 1987. By this time the need for space demanded a move to Friarsbridge. In 1997 Dr Tadhg Crowley succeeded Dr Hindle.

Over the following years with an increasing demand on GPs, the practice further expanded with the arrival of Drs Seathrun O’ Casaide, Claire Cusack and Frank Chambers. By this time the practice underwent a further move in 2004 across Dean Street to the present Affidea building.

The final move to the Granges Rd location occurred in 2011 due to the ever-increasing demands and complexities in GP healthcare. Apart from providing a direct service to its patients, the Ayrfield practice has ongoing academic commitments to GP training, medical student attachments from UCD and UL, a medical service to the Defence Forces, Ardu Drug Treatment Services and several other local bodies. Since 2018 Ayrfield has provided a satellite GP service to Gortnahoe in Co Tipperary.

In recent years, upon the retirements of Dr Kearney and Drs John and Bill Cuddihy, the practice has been joined by Drs Marian Walsh, Conall MacConmara and Joanne Cuddihy.

Our Nurses

Nurse manager & Registered Nurse Prescriber

Triona Moore Dip

Nurse Triona Moore Dip, ENP, RNP.

Triona Moore Dip in Nursing (Adult) ENP, RNP. Triona began working in Ayrfield Medical Practice in 2014. Since then she has completed a course in Nurse Prescribing and undertaken a Minor Illness Course. Triona’s main areas of interest are urgent care including minor injuries and illness.

Prior to that Triona worked in a number of Emergency Departments since 1996. In 2013 she specialised as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner in Northern Ireland (ENP) specializing in Minor injuries.

Nurse Helen

Helen qualified in 1985 having trained in the Richmond Hospital in Dublin. She worked in Australia for 3 years in Cardiology before returning to work with the Irish Heart Foundation. She worked on the Kilkenny Health Project on Cardiovascular Disease Surveillance. Helen has spent the last 20 years in Primary Care with an interest in Women’s Health and Cervical Check. She has obtained many Certificates during this time including Family Planning and Asthma Care.

Nurse Lisa

Trained in London Lisa has 15yrs practice nurse experience.Keen interests include cervical screening,travel health medicine,childhood immunisations and tissue viability.
Dr Frank Chambers

Nurse Bernadette

Bernadette qualified in 1997 as a Registered General Nurse in Beaumont Hospital Dublin.

She worked as a staff nurse on a general medical ward and later staffed in the Coronary Care Units of Beaumont Hospital and the Adelaide-Meath Hospitals ,Dublin.

In 2000 she went on to attain a Higher Diploma in Midwifery at University College Cork.

she has worked the past seventeen years as a midwife in The Maternity Unit of St Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny

She joined the Ayrfield team in October 2018. She is mainly based at the clinic in Gortnahoe .Her special interests are women’s and infant health.

Dr Frank Chambers

Nurse Kate

Kate qualified as a General Nurse in 2015.

She has spent some time working on the Medical/Surgical Wards.

She then worked in the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street where she received a Higher Diploma in Midwifery.

Kate had special interests in women’s and infant health and hopes to develop her knowledge in these areas further.

Our Management Team

Canice Brennan

Practice Manager

Our Reception Team

Reception Manager

Jennie O’Brien

The Team

  • Geraldine Brett
  • Sharon Croughan
  • Margo Hennessy
  • Eileen McKenna
  • Avril Jones
  • Laura Cusack
  • Geraldine Guest Melody
  • Maeve Lynch

The Admin Team

Admin Team

  • Mary Neary
  • Paula Scott

Healthcare Assistants

The Team

  • Jitka Wall
  • Ayla Condon