Welcome to Ballinasloe Medical Academy

Welcome to Ballinasloe, a medium sized market town on the M6 motor way (Junction 15) and the main Galway to Dublin rail line and national bus route.  Ballinasloe is 1 hour due east from Galway University Hospital (GUH), 15 minutes from Athlone and 1.5 hours from Dublin.

Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe is part of the Saolta University Health Care Group of hospitals in the West and North-West of Ireland providing accident and emergency, acute medical, surgical, obstetrics, gynecology and paediatric services. The Hospital serves a wide catchment area including East Galway, Co. Westmeath, North Tipperary, Roscommon, Co. Offaly, and Longford. There are 209 beds comprised of 12 day care and 197 inpatient beds.‌ To find our location please click here.

 Ballinasloe Med Academy

 
What does our Academy offer?

The Ballinasloe Medical Academy is unique in that it is facilitates students from two medical schools, NUI Galway (years 3.2 to 5.2) and the University of Limerick (UL) graduate entry programme (years 3 and 4).  The Academy is based in a 2 storey building to the front of the hospital and is shared with the ambulance and paramedic teams. UL are based on the top floor and NUI Galway the ground floor.  Both floors have large rooms for videoconferencing which double as study spaces and smaller tutorial rooms (2 UL, 2 NUIG) with space for academic secretaries (2 rooms) and 1 tutor room.

Students will benefit from a large reading room and the hospital library which are relocating to the building shortly.  This academic year there are 47 UL and NUI Galway students on campus in Portiuncula Hospital which favours a low student to patient ratio. In addition, eight new consultants were appointed recently increasing the student to consultant ratio and adding new sub specialities to the existing teams.

Contact Us:

Academy Administrator:  Ms Mairead Molloy (Wednesdays (8.30am to 5.30pm) 
Direct Line:  090 96-24785
E-mail: mairead.molloy@nuigalway.ie

also

Year 1 & Year 2 Medical Programme Administrator
School of Medicine – Clinical Science Institute, Room 2017 Top Floor, School of Medicine, NUI Galway
Mornings only Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (8.30am to 1.30pm)
Direct Line:  091-495909 College Extension:  5909

Academy Dean: Dr Paraic Curran
Tel:  through the main switch board at 0900 648200 .
Email: paraic.curran@nuigalway.ie

Campus Life:

Accommodation

For a list of rental auctionneers, guesthouses and hotels in the area (all within a 10-15 minute walk of the Academy/hospital) please click on the following link: List of Accommodation In Ballinasloe 

Dining

  • Ballinasloe is the spiritual home of Supermacs with 4 Takeaways accessible within a 2 mile radius
  • Karibas' Restaurant and Coffee House, 7 Society Street, Ballinasloe (http://karibas.ie/)
  • ‎Fusion Restaurant and Takeaway, Society street, Ballinasloe  (Chinese, Asian, European, Thai)
  • Shearwater Hotel ( Canal Bar Bistro, Marina Coffee House), Canal road, Ballinasloe
  • Noor Tandoori (Indain, Asian, Pakistani cusine), 36 Society Street, (090) 9648111

Transport

  • Taxis - for a list of taxis in Ballinasloe please click here
  • Bus Eireann - Bus Eireann offers regular daily services to and from Ballinasloe.  For timetable details please click here
  • City Link - City Link also offers regular daily services to and from Ballinasloe. For timetable details please click here
  • Iarnród Éireann - For a list of rail services to and from Ballinasloe please click here 

Sports & Leisure 

There are a number of Sport & Leisure facilities, all within 2km of Ballinasloe Medical Academy:-

  • Two gyms with a 20 meter swimming pools each in the Shear Water Hotel & in Coral Leisure Ballinasloe:-
  •  400 meter running track directly across from the academy‌
  • Ballinasloe soccer club with astro turf for booked soccer matches
  • Local running club - please see details on their facebook page
  • Ballinasloe cycling club: further details are available on their facebook page
  • Garbally College for jogging and walks (10 minutes form Academy)
  • Portumna Forest Park (30 minutes away) for walks, cycling etc

cycling

Portumna Forest Park2

Pastoral Care:

Portiuncula Hospital Pastoral care: Tel: 090 9648275
Details of the university's counselling service are available here
There is a Prayer room within the Academy on the 2nd Floor. 

NUI Galway's Medical Society:

NUI Galway's MedSoc website is available here 

Medsoc

Academy Team:

Name   

Strand/Module   

Email 

Dr Paraic Curran     

Dean of Ballinasloe Medical Academy 

paraic.curran@nuigalway.ie

Dr Lucy Hurley           

Lecturer for Paediatrics

Lucy.hurley@nuigalway.ie                                                                               

Dr Aileen Faherty  Lecturer for Primary Care

aileen.faherty@nuigalway.ie

Dr Eoin O Suilleabhain Lecturer for Surgery

eoin.osuilleabhain@nuigalway.ie

Dr Kathleen Cronin  Lecturer for Medicine

Kathleen.cronin@nuigalway.ie

Dr Evelyn Burke Lecturer for Obstetrics & Gynaecology 

Evelyn.burke@nuigalway.ie

 Academy Administrator:

Mairead Molloy   
Email:  mairead.molloy@nuigalway.ie
Tel:  090 96-24785  - Wednesday (8.30am - 5.30pm)