Pierre Fauchard Academy Convocation 2023 - pre and post tours available

10 - 17 Sep 2023
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

The 2023 Pierre Fauchard Academy Induction Ceremony for new fellows will take place on September 15th in Dublin at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

There are two extension options around the Convocation; a pre- and a post-Convocation tour. The 5-night pre-Convocation extension travels to beautiful Cork, Cahir and Kilkenny and the 1-night post-Convocation tour is in Dublin.

Before Convocation, take in the sweeping history, breathtaking landscapes and local flavour of Ireland's south and west, from Cork to Cahir to Kilkenny. You will also stay in some distinctive hotels with magnificent settings for you to enjoy. After Convocation, spend a night in Dublin to explore this charming and cultured city.

The tour is led by Derek Mahony, who is the UK Regent for the Convocation. He will be accompanied by an experienced national guide during the tour.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Dr. Derek Mahony

Dr. Derek Mahony

Derek Mahony is a Sydney based orthodontist who has spoken to thousands of practitioners about the benefits of interceptive orthodontic treatment. Early in his career Dr Mahony learned from leading clinicians the dramatic effect functional appliance therapy can afford patients in orthodontic treatment. He has been combining the fixed and functional appliance approach ever since. His lectures are based on the positive impact such a combined treatment approach has had on his orthodontic results and the benefits this philosophy provides in reducing extractions of teeth. After completing his Dental Degree at the University of Sydney Dr Mahony completed his Masters degree in orthodontics at the Eastman Dental Hospital, Institute of Dental Surgery, London, followed by a diploma in orthodontics at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Dr. Mahony has also passed the Royal College of Dentists in Canada post graduate examination in the field of orthodontics.

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Itinerary at a glance

PFA Pre-Convocation Extension
10 - 15 September 2023
2 nights Cork – 1 night Cahir – 2 nights Kilkenny

  • Day 1: Cork (Sun, 10 Sept) Arrive and transfer to the Montenotte Hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
  • Day 2: Cork (Mon, 11 Sept) Visit Cobh and with a specialist guide learn of its seafaring history. Continue to the culinary centre of Kinsale. Walking food tour of Kinsale to learn about the local area, its history and its people (includes tastings.) Continue to the Jameson Old Middleton Distillery to learn of its history, heritage and whiskey making process. Enjoy a tasting and a Jameson signature cocktail. Return to Cork.
  • Day 3: Cork / Cahir (Tues, 12 Sept) Visit the English market and learn about its history, food, drink and the local characters on a food tour. Continue to Blarney Castle with the option to kiss the stone and visit the Blarney Woollen Mills. Drive the Vee - a spectacular drive with stunning views - to the small town of Cahir and stay in the local hotel, where you will have dinner and hear local Irish music at the traditional bar. Learn from the locals how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness.
  • Day 4: Cahir / Kilkenny (Wed, 13 Sept) Drive to the Rock of Cashel, one of Ireland’s most spectacular historic sites. Explore the dramatic 13th century Gothic Cathedral, round tower and chapel. Enjoy lunch at Mikey Ryan’s. Continue towards the town of Kilkenny and check in to the hotel.
  • Day 5: Kilkenny (Thurs, 14 Sept) Learn about the Irish sport of hurling and how it has evolved into the fastest field game in the world. Starting at Kilkenny castle, walk the Medieval Mile and learn of the ancient history and influential people of Kilkenny dating back to the 16th century. Afternoon at leisure or optional activities. Dinner at the Home Rule Club, the last of the once widespread Irish clubs, dating back to 1894.
  • Day 6: Kilkenny / Dublin (Fri, 15 Sept) Drive through the Wicklow Mountains National Park to Dublin. Arrive early pm and check into the Dublin hotel.

PFA Convocation
15 September 2023

  • Day 1: Dublin (Fri, 15 Sept) Pierre Fauchard Academy Convocation at Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

PFA Convocation and Post-Convocation Extension
15 - 17 September 2023

  • Day 1: Dublin (Fri, 15 Sept) Check into the Dublin hotel. Pierre Fauchard Academy Convocation at Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in the evening.
  • Day 2: Dublin (Sat, 16 Sept) Explore Dublin on foot and by bus in a full day city tour. Explore the docklands area and Phoenix Park by bus. Visit the EPIC Irish Immigration Museum to explore Irish culture through the lens of emigration and discover what it really means to be Irish.
  • Day 3: Dublin (Sun, 17 Sept) Check out of the Dublin hotel after breakfast.

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