Row Person of the Year 2019 - Prof. Patrick Felle

The President Jerry Carroll and Committee of the Westland Row Past Pupils Union are delighted to announce that the Row Person of the year is Prof. Patrick Felle from the School of Medicine in UCD.

Professor Patrick Felle MB BCh BAO BSc(Anat) MSc(HealthInf) Grad Dip(Dermat)

Assoc. Dean Medicine (International)
, Assoc. Professor and Head of Medical Informatics

School of Medicine, University College Dublin Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.


Pat Felle sat the Leaving Cert in Westland Row in 1973. He spent some years in banking and IT in London and in Ireland, before studying medicine and qualifying as a doctor in 1983.

He initially trained as an anatomist in UCD and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and in this role travelled extensively in the Middle East, teaching and examining surgical anatomy. In the mid-1990’s, recognising the impact of digital data and the emerging internet technologies on medicine, he established the Centre for Healthcare Informatics in UCD, one of the first of such centres in the world. He is now Associate Dean of Medicine (International) at UCD. He manages international recruitment for the UCD School of Medicine, mainly in North America and Asia. He is a board member of the Irish- owned and run RUMC Medical School in Penang, Malaysia.

Pat also continues to practice clinical Medicine. He was parttime Assistant in Emergency Medicine in Beaumont Hospital for 20 years, and in more recent times is a parttime family practitioner. He has been involved in sports medicine for many years, as a voluntary medical officer with the FAI and with Cuala GAA.

Pat’s father, Paddy, was primary school teacher in the Row from 1960 until his retirement in 1981. Pat has two sons, Conor and Naoise.

Message from Jerry Carroll, President, Westland Row Past Pupils Union.

As we approach Christmas, I welcome this opportunity to address members of the Westland Row Past Pupils Union (PPU) and all past pupils of the ‘Row’.

It is many years since I was a pupil in the ‘Row’. Yet, throughout my life I have been very proud of having attended the alma mater of Patrick and Willie Pearse and all those pupils, too many to name individually, who have made major contributions to the social, economic, sporting and artistic development of our country.

As the Officers and Members of the Union’s Committee are not getting any younger, I have made the focus of my term of office to endeavour to recruit new members and particularly younger members to the Committee.

I direct my call to those who have left the school in the last twenty years. In particular, I would be most pleased to see the level of female representation and involvement in the PPU grow in the period ahead.

I am, therefore, asking past pupils to consider joining the PPU and taking part in its activities. The next big event will be the Annual Dinner, which will be held in the Westbury Hotel, Grafton Street, Dublin 2, on Saturday 26 January 2019. All are welcome. Tickets are available from the Hon. Secretary of the PPU, John Cullen (

I will keep you updated on events during the course of 2019.

Finally, Happy Christmas to everyone and wishing you every success in 2019.

Jerry Carroll,


Message ends.

Notifications from the WR CBS PPU

Annual Dinner. Westbury Hotel, January 26, 2019

This takes place, as usual in the Westbury Hotel, on Saturday 26 January 2019. The ticket price is €60. Contact John Cullen at or 087 2312728 to reserve a place.

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