It is with profound sadness that the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems announces the death of Dr Deirdre Kelleher, after a long illness, which she bore with great dignity and fortitude.
A dear friend and valued colleague, Deirdre was a member of the Children’s Nursing faculty team, and her passing leaves our School and the wider Children’s Nursing community with a profound sense of loss. She was widely known and respected within the academic community and among the nursing staff at Children’s Health Ireland, particularly at Crumlin and Temple Street, and also among the nursing staff at St Vincent's University Hospital and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. Deirdre was a dedicated educator, and her students will miss her as a teacher, guide and friend.
Deirdre had a long and distinguished career in nursing and was a UCD graduate (BNS 1998). She first joined the School in 2006 and played a significant role in the development of the first BSc Children’s and General Nursing integrated degree programme, which commenced in that same year. As a Registered Nurse Tutor, she brought her own vision and values for children’s nursing education to her teaching, and she taught across a range of subjects. She had a particular interest in the role of fathers in the care of children with a life-limiting illness and she pursued this interest through her PhD, which was awarded in June 2020.
We will always remember Deirdre as kind, compassionate and fun loving, with a welcoming smile, a humorous story, and a friendly ear. We hope that she will now find rest, and that Des, Genevieve and Georgina, and her wider family will find the strength to continue their life's journey's without her presence.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilís.