Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to provide you with an update on Institute activities over the last few months. As you are now aware, we have brought our subscription database up to date, and issued receipts and membership certificates for 2019 and 2020. This completes a long standing project of ours, and will ensure that all paid up members receive their notifications in a timely fashion. Once again my sincere thanks to Peter Gormley who
oversaw this project from start to finish! We now remain in good funds.

Additionally, I am particularly pleased to note that our sub-speciality groups are moving forward apace. Professor Patrick Sheahan was due to host the inaugural meeting of the Irish Head and Neck Society in March. This unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. We look forward to this event being re-scheduled in due course. Similarly, Mona Thornton has set up the Irish Society of Rhinology, which will have its inaugural meeting this week. In similar vein plans are afoot to develop sub- speciality groupings in otology and paediatric ORL as well. We been in communication with ENT UK and BACO regarding the cancellation of their annual conference as well.

This was originally scheduled to take place in July, and was moved to January 2021 ... it has now been converted to a virtual event at that same time.
Subsequent to our several COVID zoom meetings, we represented our members’ views with the Department of Health, NCPS, HSE and Royal College of Surgeons. I am proud to note that our Institute is now regarded with a well deserved sense of gravitas – the credit for this must of course go to all of our members, who have worked tirelessly and cohesively over these past few difficult months.
As always, do send in your suggestions and comments, which will be reviewed with due diligence.

I would like to end by asking you to stay safe in these uncertain times.

With best wishes,

Nash Patil

Dear Colleagues,

As you are probably aware, BACO 2020 has evolved into a virtual meeting which will be held in January 2021. I have been in close contact with Professor Nirmal Kumar (President ENT UK) and Professor Gerry O’Donoghue (Master of Ceremonies, BACO 2020) in this regard, and would request you to fulsomely support the meeting in any way you can.
Please do take the time out to register, and participate in its various
Thanking you,
Yours sincerely,

Nash Patil
President IIOHNS

Provisional Programme
IOS Academic Meeting
Saturday 10 October 2020

08.30 - 09.00 IOS Council meeting
09.00 - 09.05 Welcome by chairpersons
09.05 -11.00 Free paper session 1
11.00 - 11.30 Break
11.30 - 12.00 Panel discussion
12.00 - 13.00 Free paper session 2
13.00 - 13.15 Annual General meeting
13.15 - 13.20 Closing comments

Dear Colleagues,

This is by way of an update regarding Institute activities over the last while. All our members will have received communication from Charlie McGlynn (our administrator) regarding their own subscription and membership status in 2019 and this year.

Furthermore, you will now have received your membership certificates/receipts for last year as applicable. Documents for this year are with the printers. As a result of this exercise, our database now contains current contact details for all colleagues (both in the public and private sectors), so that we can now reach out to  everyone by email and text speedily and efficiently.

The Institute has, in the background, been working hard to regularise and bring its affairs up to date. As mentioned, we are now an incorporated body with the requisite legal status - this was important for us in order to be recognised both by the relevant national and international bodies.

So also, subspecialty groups such as the Irish Head & Neck Society, the Irish Society of Rhinology and the Irish Society of Paediatric ORL have been or are being planned for set-up this year. These groups will be able to link up with their European counterparts, as they will carry official recognition due to the work that has gone on in the background.

Clearly, the events of the last few weeks - not just here in Ireland but worldwide - have been of tremendous significance in the delivery of healthcare. We have had two national zoom meetings with regard to the COVID-19 crisis, and valuable guidance has been issued by some of our members. We continue to engage with the HSE and other authorities to ensure we may practice safely.

As always, keep well, and do communicate with us if you have any queries, suggestions or comments.

With best wishes,

Nash Patil

087 2495 855 /
10 April 2020

CEORL-HNS Dublin 2023

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to inform you that the 2023 CEORL-HNS conference will be held in Dublin! The Institute looks forward to supporting John Russell for this fantastic event.

Nash Patil

New Point of Contact

We are delighted to announce a new point of contact for the Institute.  Jackie Brown from the RCSI is available to address general queries. To contact, please email  or call +353 1 402 2188.


Congratulations are due to Michael Colreavy, who was invited by the NAPDENT Council in UK to be a panel member for their Paediatric Rhinology Training Day to be held on 22/05/20. This was in conjunction with the UK based Association of Otolaryngologists in Training (AOT).
Nash Patil
July 2020

Dear Colleagues

Please see article co-authored by Camilla Carroll. Congratulations are also due on her recent appointment as Clinical Associate Professor at the TCD School of Medicine.
Nash Patil
July 2020