Exhibition Depicting General Practice in Ireland Launched

Professor of General Practice, School of Medicine, Tom O Dowd views one of the General Practice images

A unique photographic exhibition depicting the depth of GP care in rural Ireland has been launched by Professor Tom O’Dowd of Trinity College Dublin. The project which is supported by Bluebird Care, marked the conclusion of Trinity College Dublin’s School of Medicine tercentenary celebrations.

Around 50,000 patients consult Ireland’s 2,800 general practitioners each day and to date GPs one-to-one interaction with patients has not been illustrated. The aim of the exhibition, titledGeneral Practice’, is to depict the day to day work of general practitioners from a variety of communities in a manner and place that is accessible to the public.

The exhibition, opened by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD who studied medicine in Trinity, highlights the vital role of GPs in contemporary Irish society, providing a glimpse into the usually private interactions between GP and patient.

It is the inspiration of the Professor of General Practice in the School of Medicine, Tom O’Dowd who commissioned Fionn McCann as photographer. The images were taken between 2009 and 2011, and document a series of patients’ visits to six GPs to reflect the spectrum of traditional to modern landscapes within general practice throughout Ireland today.  In colour and black-and-white photographs, the photographer captures the trials, tribulations and sometimes humour of these encounters.

The GPs and the featured patients gave permission to have the photographer present during these normally private encounters and the project was ethically approved by the Irish College of General Practitioners.

Director of Operations with Bluebird Care, Eddie O’Toole says, “this is a wonderful and insightful project which personifies in great depth the dedication of GP’s across Ireland. Recognising the sometimes untold stories of General Practice, Bluebird Care were eager to support this innovative and imaginative project. We hope to share the catalogue of photos with our members once the exhibition closes.”

The exhibition runs until May 27th in the Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.



New Care Manager Appointed To Bluebird Care Cork

Bluebird Care Cork has appointed a new Care Manager.

Eveline Sheeran is a qualified nurse and has worked in the areas of Community Care, Mental Health, Elderly Care and Disabilities for the past 12 years. Eveline has extensive experience in tutoring and education and has implemented and taught the Fetac Level 5 modules in care to both carers in the community and residential settings. Her other qualifications include B(Sc) Nursing, an SPA in Gerontology and a Level 8 qualification in Healthcare Management.

Previous to joining the Cork Bluebird Care Team, Eveline was responsible for obtaining international accreditation for residential and community based organisations. She was also instrumental in the setting up of community based independent living for individuals with disabilities. She has worked extensively with other care agencies and has compiled policies and procedures in adherence with HIQA standards across all care sectors.

Eveline has vast experience in the management field. In her new role Eveline will primarily be responsible for the day-to-day running of the business, the management of care workers and liaising with customers.

Bluebird Care Cork Manager, Don O’Riordan, “Eveline joins a highly experienced team who are committed to the highest standards in the delivery of care.” 

Caring with a Difference

Caring with a Difference

Bluebird Care Carer Named Dublin Carer of the Year at Age Action Tea Party

Pictured at the Age Action Tea Party are Robin Webster, Chief Executive of Age Action Ireland; Eddie O’Toole, Operations Director of Bluebird Care Ireland; Dublin carer of the year Angela Shearer, Bluebird Care (Dublin South); Rhona O’Connor, National Fund Raising Manager for Age Action Ireland and Willie Byrne, Director Bluebird Care (Dublin South & Dublin West)

Angela Shearer from Kimmage Road West, Dublin 12 was named Bluebird Care’s “Dublin Carer of the Year” at the recent Age Action Tea Party in the Burlington Hotel.

When you make a difference to the lives of people around you that’s a bonus. When you are publicly thanked for the pleasure, then that’s a badge of honour,” says Angela describing her Bluebird Care Carer award.

Last week Bluebird Care in conjunction with Age Action hosted Afternoon Tea in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin for 450 elderly people who came together for an afternoon of great music, food, company and also to honour a Bluebird Care, Carer.

Angela Shearer was chosen as the winner from the Dublin region because of her attention to detail, her power of observation, her concern when visiting clients, and her dedication not only to the customer but to the customers family also.

Willie Byrne, Director of Bluebird Care Dublin West and Dublin South said he was proud to have team members who personified the ethos of caring and giving.  “We are delighted to honour Angela’s dedication and commitment, a very deserving recipient of this award. She is truly an asset to the Bluebird team and it is her great initiative and attention to detail that singles her out.”

Celebrating Age Action’s 20th Birthday, the team at Bluebird Care have lended their support to this campaign to help celebrate active ageing in Ireland. This is the first in a series of Tea Parties planned for across the country.

Angela will go forward as the Dublin representative to the overall Bluebird Care, Carer of the Year Awards, which will take place in December at the “Bring an Old Bag to Lunch” Tea Party, in association with Age Action, at the Burlington Hotel this December.

The entertainment provided was Sonny Knowles and Tony Kenny.  They performed some of their well-known hits and certainly rocked the main suite in the Burlington Hotel.

For more photos from the Age Action Tea Party log onto bluebirdcare.ie/blog  or find Bluebird Care on Facebook


New Care Supervisor – Bluebird Care Kerry/West Cork

Bluebird Care Kerry/West Cork would like to welcome Brandy Frizuki to Bluebird Care as our new Care Supervisor in the West Cork area.

Brandy is FETAC 5 qualified in care and has a FETAC 6 certificate in supervisory management. Brandy has over 5 years experience working in Care in the community and has worked as a carer with Bluebird Care for over a year. Brandy will primarily be responsible for staff supervisons and the continued implementation of our stringent policies and procedures as well as supporting Patricia O’Neill RGN in her role as Care Manager in areas such as Risk Assessments, Care reviews and Carer Appraisals. Brandy will also work with Care Co-ordinator Trish Kavanagh in relation to rostering and staffing issues.

Brandy is passionate about the delivery of a high standard of Care which is a key focus for Bluebird Care and we would like to wish Brandy the best of luck in her new role as Care Supervisor with Bluebird Care.

Bluebird Care Kerry/West Cork provides a flexible and professional care service, we work as a direct provider for Kerry and West Cork HSE and on a private basis and can be contacted on 066 710 4015 or email kerrywestcork@bluebirdcare.ie