Busy times as Dental Care Ireland officially opens three new local practices

The Dental Care Ireland practice in Ashbourne, Co Meath

Dental Care Ireland has opened practices in Tullamore, Castlebar and Ashbourne, made The Sunday Business Post’s ‘Hot 100’ list, and appointed Paul O’Dwyer as new Group Clinical Advisor


It’s been a great few weeks of news for Dental Care Ireland, with three major new practice openings, along with lots of quality media coverage and a senior appointment.

Ashbourne opening

The newest Dental Care Ireland practice was officially opened by Meath East Minister of State and Government Chief Whip, Regina Doherty TD in Ashbourne in Co Meath this month. The new, family-focused dental practice is located on the town’s High Street and is run Dr Cliona O’Brien and Dr Claire Burns.

The new practice has been designed to an award-winning specification, including state-of-the-art facilities and technology throughout the waiting and surgical areas. It will provide the benchmark for all Dental Care Ireland practices nationwide. You can even see a virtual tour of the practice. For more information or to book an appointment, click here.

Castlebar practice

Another new practice was also officially launched in May on Station Road in Castlebar, making news as the first Dental Care Ireland practice in Mayo.

Formerly McHugh’s Dental Practice, the newly refurbished Dental Care Ireland Castlebar will continue to offer the full spectrum of dental treatments, from routine to cosmetic dentistry, led by principal dentists Dr Maeibh McNamara, Dr Teresa Fitzgerald and Dr Niamh O’Grady.

Tullamore launch

The first Dental Care Ireland practice in Co Offaly was also opened on Kilbride Street in Tullamore. Formerly Scott Bannon Ryan, the newly refurbished Dental Care Ireland Tullamore will continue to offer routine to cosmetic dentistry, led by principal dentists Dr Chris Scott and Dr Kieran Ryan.

In addition, a number of new services have been introduced, including the appointment of highly experienced hygienist Donna Paton, who is also president of the Irish Dental Hygienists Association.

We took the chance to speak to Donna about dental hygiene, opportunities in the sector and the future of oral health. “Keeping an emphasis on dental hygiene is a huge part of what a dental practice should be about, so I’m glad I can help Dental Care Ireland realise that goal in Tullamore,” she said. “There’s a real community spirit here in Tullamore, and the people are understanding of the job we do and appreciative of how we do it.” You can read the full interview here.

Media coverage

In advance of our three major new practice openings around the country, Dental Care Ireland also made news by being named in the ‘Hot 100 Start-ups’ list in The Sunday Business Post in April. “Our vision is to be Ireland’s leading high-quality dentist group with a presence across the country,” Dental Care Ireland chief executive Colm Davitt told the paper.
You can read the full article here (paywall).

New appointment
Paul O’Dwyer BDS, MSc was also appointed Group Clinical Advisor at Dental Care Ireland in May. A graduate of both University College Cork and the Royal College of Surgeons, Dr O’Dwyer brings 20 years’ experience in clinical dentistry and healthcare management to the role. He will work alongside founding partner Dr Kieran Davitt to maintain and support the highest clinical standards across the Dental Care Ireland group.

A native of Cahir, Co. Tipperary, Dr O’Dwyer worked for more than a decade in general practice before completing a master’s degree in healthcare management. He previously held the role of Clinical Director at Smiles Dental. Dr O’Dwyer is also a part-time guest lecturer at the Institute of Leadership in the Royal College of Surgeons and a regular media commentator on oral health issues.

And in other news…

The Irish Dental Association’s Annual Conference took place on May 11th and 12th in the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny. It was a great event with lots of really superb speakers. These included the new Irish Dental Association President Dr Robin Foyle who, in a strong statement, said it was time to end decades of neglect of oral health in Ireland. You can read the full story here.

There was also a great talk about face transplants by Irishman Prof Peter Butler. He also appeared on the Sean O’Rourke show on RTE Radio1. You can listen back here.

We’re looking forward to more great news and growth as the year continues!


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