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About The Irish School of Homeopathy
The Irish School of Homeopathy was established in 1989 and is one of the longest established homeopathy colleges in Europe. We have an intake for our professional course in Dublin on a yearly basis commencing every September. Our School in Cork was established in 2000 and has an intake for our professional course every two years. Our course leads to a fully accredited professional qualification recognised by The Irish Society of Homeopaths. Our qualification is also recognised by many homeopathic professional bodies worldwide.
The School has established a fine reputation both in Ireland and abroad for the excellence of our core team of highly experienced lecturers. They are continually in demand as guest lecturers and seminar speakers around the world. The School also continues to enjoy regular contributions from guest lecturers from the most eminent schools in the U.K. and Europe. If you are thinking of choosing a homeopathic course from another college you are strongly advised to contact the Irish Society of Homoeopaths to ensure that the course you are considering is accredited and meets the required standards for registration.
Meet the Team
Personal Development Facilitator
Gerry is a director of The Irish School of Homeopathy. He was in the first-ever class when the School opened in 1988 and has been part of the School ever since. He has been a director of the School for 25 years and has overseen its development together with Angie his partner and a core team of skilled lecturers. As well as training as a Homeopath he also trained with MRCS as a relationship counsellor.
Gerry has worked with The Irish Society of Homeopaths, the professional body for Homeopathy for over 25 years. During that time he has contributed to the development of the profession and continues to do so. He is the Chair of the Irish Society of Homeopaths Education Group, was the Irish representative with the ECCH and ICH for many years and was part of the working group for the European Homeopathic Education Guidelines. He was also part of the group that negotiated the voluntary self-regulation of Homeopathy in Ireland with The Department of Health and Children, 2005.
He has a deep interest in human relationships and the unique personal process of each individual’s life journey. If we embrace our own process no matter how difficult or painful it might be at times we will become the person that only we can be with our own unique contribution to make to the world. Gerry believes that the work of the School must reflect this reality and by doing so will assist students on their personal journey. With this in mind, Gerry works with students in the area of their personal and professional development. He is also a keen motorcyclist and avid reader with an eclectic taste.
Angie is the administrative director and company director of the school and manages the administration teams overseeing both Dublin and Cork schools. She is married to Gerry and has been part of the office and school management for 30 years. In her spare time, she is an active gardener, stained glass artist and enjoys dancing. Prior to managing the school, Angie worked in the Vocational Education Committee – VEC, Ballsbridge and Dublin Institute of Technology -DIT in both business and also as a teacher.
What she loves about working in the School is seeing the lives of students transform from their first steps in first year through to their graduation in fourth year. Getting to know students in between those years is a very special privilege and pleasure and one of the best parts of her job.
Niki Taylor Lic ISH; ISHom
Director of Post Graduate Studies
Niki Taylor qualified from the Irish School of Homeopathy and works both in Ireland and in Spain. She is the director of Post Graduate Studies for the Irish School of Homeopathy and makes life after graduation interesting and exciting for the students. She organises relevant postgraduate courses that will support the newly qualified Homeopath in practice. She organised a trip to India in 2016 and brought a group of twenty-two Homeopaths to study under Dr. Rajan Sankaran in Mumbai and also brought a group to Tanzania in 2017 to work with Jeremy Sherr and Homeopathy for Health in Africa. She is running a Dynamis School 3-year Post Grad course in Dublin from 2019/2022 which is attended by Homeopaths from all over the world. Niki was Chair of the Irish Society of Homeopaths for a number of years and is passionate about Homeopathy. She brings that passion to her teaching and is one of the core teachers in first year. She is one of the teachers you will meet if attending the Introductory Day and the Home Prescriber’s Certificate.
Bernie Smyth Lic ISH; PC Hom; ISHom
Director of Clinical Studies, Fourth Year
Bernie is Fourth Year tutor and Clinical Supervisor of the Fourth Year students. She finds it an interesting and rewarding role and feels privileged to work with the students at such a close level, guiding them in their clinical practice, and assisting them to develop their long term patient management strategies. Fourth-year is the place where all the learning of the previous three years comes together, and as such is a very dynamic and challenging year.
Bernie Smyth qualified from the Irish School of Homeopathy more than 20 years ago. She has attended several post-graduate courses, including Dr Ramakrishanans in 2001, Jeremy Sherr s 2002-2005, and also travelled to India to observe Homeopathic practice in Rajan Sankaran’s School in 2016.
Bernie trained as a Veterinary Nurse and began her teaching career lecturing in the Vet Nursing Course at Kevin Street College of Technology. She furthered her teaching skills while abroad in Europe and taught Scientific English to Adults in Belgium for three years. She became intrigued by Homeopathy on her return to Ireland when her sheepdog was poisoned with strychnine; Having seen so many animals die of strychnine poisoning, she was astounded to see her dog being cured with Homeopathy and a lifelong passion was ignited!
Bernie has run a busy and diverse practice in Clonakilty since 1998 and feels honoured that the people of West Cork have trusted her with their health and their stories for so many years.
She is passionate about Homeopathy, music, people, the sea, and fun!
Thérèse Cosgrove Lic ISH; ISHom, MNTOI, BEng
Director of Clinical Studies, Third Year
Thérèse graduated from the Irish School of Homeopathy in 2002 and then completed a two-year post-graduate course with the School. She subsequently went on to complete a diploma in nutritional therapy, alongside studies in functional medicine. She runs her practice in Athenry, Co. Galway, where she integrates Homeopathy and nutritional therapy. Thérèse has been teaching with the School in various roles since 2002 and is currently the Clinical and Academic Director for third year. She also teaches post graduate courses and has a particular interest in integrating holistic models of bio-physiology into Homeopathic practice.
“I love teaching, and Homeopathy is such a wonderful subject to teach. I enjoy the interaction with the students, the classes generate lively discussions, and as a teacher and practitioner, I am constantly learning myself; there is always something new to discover and to understand. The clinics are a great opportunity for collaboration and exchanging ideas with everyone working together to do the best for the client. It is very rewarding to see the students transition into confident clinical practitioners.”
Lee Ní Chinnéide Lic ISH; ISHom
Director of Studies, Second Year
Lee Ní Chinnéide qualified from the Irish School of Homeopathy in 2005, having finally decided – after 10 years of treating her children, friends and family with Homeopathy – to make it her profession. Since qualifying Lee has run a busy practice in Dublin and Galway. Before studying Homeopathy Lee did her primary degree in Anthropology- specialising in medical anthropology. Lee has been a Doula since 2003 and has assisted many couples through the magical birth process. As well as teaching the Homeopathic perspective on obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics, Lee is currently the second year tutor in the School.
“To me Homeopathy is all about empowering the individual to heal themselves. My style of teaching reflects this belief and I strive to help the students find their way of practicing, calling on their individual strengths and talents. I am passionate about Homeopathy and teaching and thoroughly enjoy working with the students on their exciting journey through college.”
Lee is the mother of 4 children. A music enthusiast, northern soul dancer and jazz singer.
Karen Connolly Lic ISH; ISHom; BSc(Hon) Biology and Psychology
Director of Studies, First Year Cork
Administrative Support Cork
Karen Connolly graduated from the Irish School of Homeopathy in Cork in 2010 and practises in Cork City. After graduation, Karen continued in the Cork School providing administration and student support. As a student, she really loved the supportive and nurturing feel to the School and tries to provide that for the students and teachers in Cork. Karen is a teacher and student supervisor for the Professional Training Course and also teaches the Introduction Workshops and on the Home Prescriber’s Course in Cork.
Karen was introduced to homeopathy when she was a new mother and it played such an important part in the health and well-being of her family and she loves sharing that knowledge through teaching both experienced students and people new to homeopathy. Homeopathy is an exciting field and there is always more to learn. Karen continues her studies through various post-graduate and CPD courses. She is also studying Humanistic Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy with the aim to bring more personal and professional development into her teaching and practice.
Brenda Coller MSc, Lic ISH, ISHom; Dip HDT
Brenda graduated from the Irish School of Homeopathy in 1998 and began teaching there in 2001. After graduating she studied a post-graduate course with Dr Rajesh Shah, an Indian Homeopath in Ireland and then in 2016 was one of the group of Homeopaths who travelled to India to study under Dr Rajan Sankaran. At present she is continuing professional development with Ton Jensen who is based in the Netherlands.
Brenda loves teaching Homoeopathy and enjoys inspiring students to discover the wonders of this amazing method of healing. She is also passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition. She finds that helping people, both students and those who present for healing, to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing is very rewarding and pays dividends of preventing much illness in the future.
Brenda lives with her husband in a beautiful peaceful garden in the Glen of Imaal in West Wicklow where she works as a Homoeopath. She is the mother of three children.
Gráinne Adams Lic ISH; ISHom
Gráinne originally trained as a teacher and enjoyed 20 years teaching young children. She first came to Homeopathy in Sydney when my first child suffered from recurring ear infections and it was recommended he have grommets. A friend suggested I take him to a Homeopath. I had never heard of Homeopathy but was willing to try it as the idea of my little boy having surgery wasn’t sitting very well with me. He was treated by the Homeopath and that was the end of all ear infections. From there it seemed a natural course to take whenever himself or his brothers were unwell. On returning to Ireland I attended an Introductory Course at The Irish School of Homeopathy and I was totally fascinated, loving the philosophy and learning about remedies and how they were selected. I immediately signed up for the professional course.
I started practising as soon as I graduated and I now practise in Carlow and Dublin. I find working as a Homeopath stimulating and I feel it is such an honour to be in a position to help the people I see.
I started teaching in The Irish School of Homeopathy in 2007. It seemed a natural progression to combine the two careers I have enjoyed so much. I feel the school is a very supportive, non-judgemental learning environment. There is a wonderful level of respect for the varied life experiences of the students. So often I have told the students, when they start the course, that to start studying Homeopathy means they will never be bored again! In Homeopathy there is always development and evolution of philosophy – it is lifelong learning.
Dion Tabrett MCH MSc
Dion studied at the London College of Homoeopathy, graduating in 1992 with the Licentiate of the College of Homoeopathy (LCH). This was followed up with post graduate study and the award of Member of the college of Homoeopathy (MCH) in 1994. He then continued studying with the Open University and graduated with a BSc(HONS) in Natural Sciences in 2003 and an MSc in Molecular Biology in 2007. Both of these degrees focused on human anatomy, physiology and pathology.
Dion has run clinics in Berkshire, Cornwall, Devon, London and now practises in Bristol. He initially began his teaching career at the London College of Homeopathy in 1994. Since then has gone on to teach undergraduates and postgraduates at various colleges in the UK, Ireland, Istanbul and New York with his easy going and approachable style. A well-received Webinar series was presented to locations all over Australia in 2015. Recently taken on the job as Clinical Skills and Casework module leader at the Centre of Homeopathic Education BSc course located at the London Homoeopathic Hospital.
He works closely with Mike Bridger at the Contemporary college of Homeopathy in Bristol, where they both run the college clinic together. Dion teaches Case Analysis Methods, Anatomy and Physiology and works in the college clinic alongside Mike. Mike and Dion co-founded and run the Orion Post-Graduate course, which is one of the longest running and most successful post graduate courses in the UK.
A very keen gardener, can tell you how to prune a wisteria in both June and January! Practitioner of the martial arts kenjutsu and karate, recently acquiring Shodan (black belt) grade. A committed vinyl junky; collecting reggae, punk and ska records. Played bass guitar in a reggae band in the past and flamenco guitar these days. A father of three kids, two girls and a boy.
Finally, Dion is a self-confessed Compton Burnett geek. A nerd, an anorak of the highest degree and is the author of the book “Burnett Rediscovered” which was published in the spring of 2017.This book describes Burnett’s work, prescribing style and clinical strategies.
Elaine Kane Lic ISH; ISHom
First and second-year tutor
Elaine is a graduate of the Irish School Of Homeopathy in Dublin and has a Homeopathic practice in Kildare. Elaine is a lecturer of first years and also a tutor to study groups in first or second year each academic year. She is very passionate about teaching and Homeopathy. She believes that teaching is about nurturing and empowering students to achieve to the best of their ability. Each college weekend Elaine is a familiar face working in the Library and enjoys the interaction with the students. She has many years’ experience in teaching working with Children and Adults in pre-school followed by music, choral and theatre groups. She is currently teaching piano and cello.
Julia Farrel Lic ISH; ISHom; Specialist Diploma Bioregulatory Medicine; Member BSBM/ISBM
First and second-year tutor
Julia Farrell is a graduate of the Irish School of Homeopathy and practices in South Dublin. She has been teaching in the School practical Homeopathy in study groups as well as classes for the first and second-year students. Julia holds the MBA so also teaches Marketing and Communication class for the School. Her holistic practice involves not just Homeopathy but homotoxicology and nutrition since getting her Honours Diploma in Bio-Regulatory Medicine in London in 2017. The focus of the practice, therefore, is endocrine, adrenal health together with issues of toxicity. Julia was Master prover of Homeopathic “Rock Butter” in 2016, a remedy which has an affinity with deficiency, toxicity and cleansing. All of that is practised in spare time away from 3 kids with busy schedules and a bear of a dog who keeps her fit walking for many kilometres a day.
First and Second Year tutor
Michele qualified from the Irish School of Homeopathy in 2001. Since then she has been Librarian to the School’s 2,500 books and publications.
She also tutors groups of first and second-year students, providing support and guidance as students navigate their way through the academic study of Homeopathy and their personal journeys to the art of practice.
Michele’s career in healing started in Nursing and Midwifery. A life-altering illness brought her to Homeopathy. Her resulting and continuing unwavering passion for this holistic system of Medicine infuse her interaction with students and her private practice in Dublin.
Her upskilling is supported by ongoing professional development which continues to add depth and richness to her delivery of this system of medicine to students.
Her interests lie in meditation, open floor dance and the joys of sunshine and sea!