Menopause and the City

The InforMDMenopause pilot project aims to educate women and their family and friends about menopause so they can be empowered to manage their health and their symptoms using self-management strategies but equally know when to seek professional help appropriately. The project provides evidence-based, relatable information on the menopause and perimenopause through a number of free in-person workshops delivered to the community and our free online platform.

InforMDMenopause will be launched alongside a free Menopause information event, ‘Menopause and the City’, on October 16th at 10am in the Digital Hub, Dublin 8 ahead of World Menopause Day.

Speakers include;

Aoife Nic Shamhráin, menopause specialist.

Ciara McKenna, menopause specialist.

Clare Farrell, women’s health physiotherapist.

Orna O’Brien, senior dietitian.

Centric Mental Health, chartered clinical counselling psychologist

Plus more to be announced, including keynote speaker.

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At Menopause and the City, you can expect engaging discussions, informative presentations, and interactive workshops led by experts in the field. We'll cover a wide range of topics, including managing symptoms, maintaining physical and mental well-being, and navigating relationships during this transformative phase of life.

Whether you're just starting to experience menopause or have been on this journey for a while, this event is for you.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to embrace your journey through menopause. Join us at Menopause and the City and let's navigate this chapter together.


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Event speakers profiles 

Dr Louise Fitzgerald 

Louise is a Trinity College Dublin Scholar graduate. She completed postgraduate Basic Surgical Training in General and Vascular Surgery, Basic Speciality Training in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery and Dublin Mid Leinster GP Training. She is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP).

She works in Grafton Medical as a general practitioner with a special interest in occupational health, women’s health, community based surgery and travel medicine. She runs a dedicated menopause clinic which emphasizes the importance of educating women so they can be empowered to manage their health and their symptoms beyond prescribing.

She is the founder of, a comprehensive site with easy to understand medical information. She is the project lead for InforMD Menopause, a 2023/2024 Smart D8 innovation pilot project.

She has previously volunteered for the medical team for the Special Olympics Ireland Games 2018. She is also a mum of one and likes open swimming.

Dr. Aoife Nic Shamhráin

Dr. Nic Shamhráin is a UCD medicine graduate who completed the Trinity Postgraduate GP Training Scheme to become a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP). She has a strong interest in womens’ health having completed her Diploma with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2016 and has achieved a Certificate in Contraception and Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) from the ICGP. She has previous experience looking after women on the sunny Gold Coast, Australia, where she set up a Mirena Clinic and was awarded a Fellowship with the RACGP. She is currently an Assistant Scheme Director for the Dublin-Mid-Leinster GP Training Scheme in Ireland.

She is accredited by the British Menopause Society as the 8th BMS Menopause Specialist in Ireland, is a BMS Menopause Trainer and a member of the International Menopause Society (IMS).

When not at work, Aoife is a proud mammy to her smiley little 2 year old girl and enjoys being part of the Belpark Triathlon club and the Dublin Symphony Orchestra.

Dr Ciara McKenna 

Following graduation from Trinity College Dublin, Ciara went on to complete the South East GP training scheme. She was awarded membership with the Irish College of General Practitioners in 2015. Ciara has always been passionate about women’s health, achieving a Diploma in Women’s Health from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2013 and further qualifications in women’s health from the ICGP, including certificates in contraception and long acting reversible contraception.

Ciara is a member of the British Menopause Society (BMS) and the International Menopause Society. Ciara is accredited by the BMS as a Menopause Specialist , having completed the Advanced Certificate in the Principles and Practices of Menopause Care.

Orna O’Brien 

Orna O’Brien is a CORU-registered senior dietitian specialising in cardiovascular health, with special interests in behaviour change, women’s health and environmentally sustainable diets. She is the dietitian for the Irish Heart Foundation where she leads several health promotion programmes and coordinates nutrition information for the public, health professionals and patient support groups, including the Irish Heart Foundation’s ‘Her Heart Matters’ campaign which aims to raise awareness of Irish women’s heart health,


Orna has over a decade of experience across a wide range of clinical areas, having previously worked at St James’s Hospital, the National Maternity Hospital Holles Street, and across industry and research settings also. She holds a first-class Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Trinity College Dublin (2012) and a Research Masters from University College Dublin (2014) for a digital health intervention for pregnant women, and is a member of the INDI, the professional body for dietitians.

Clare Farrell

Clare Farrell qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from TCD in 2006 and started her career as a Women’s Health Physiotherapist in Mt Carmel Hospital.

From there she worked as a Senior Physiotherapist in the Coombe Hospital and gained experience in treating antenatal, postnatal and complex gynaecological conditions. In 2019 ,she stepped into the managers role at the Coombe Hospital and was responsible for leading a team of devoted women’s health physiotherapists and service development.

Clare now runs her own practice Family Physio( and continues to work alongside the team in the National Pelvic Floor Centre. She is a mum to Chloe and James and this has given her the firsthandexperience of pregnancy, postnatal recovery and life as a mum. I am passionate about supporting women through pregnancy, the postnatal stage, menopause and beyond.

Una Le Meur 

With over 8 years clinical experience, Una qualified in 2015 with a Masters in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Roehampton University in London. She also has a diploma in cognitive beheavioural therapy and is a certified life coach. Una has worked in varied therapeutic settings including mental health charities in educational and community settings as well as private practice and treatment centres. She is also experienced in group work and couples therapy.

Una works from an integrative approach using a combination of different therapeutic approaches including, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Choice Therapy.

Throughout her career, she has worked with range of presenting issues including: Anxiety, depression, addiction, stress, life/work balance, abuse, relationship issues, grief & loss, obsessional thinking, self-esteem and work-related issues.

Una believes through the safety of a consistent therapeutic relationship change can occur and self-esteem built to empower clients to live a fuller life.

Event panelists profiles

Caitriona Keye

Catriona Keye is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in General Practice with a special interest in menopause. 

She set up a menopause clinic in Scholarstown Family Practice in 2020 having completed courses with the International Menopause Society, British Menopause Society and Dr Louise Newson. 

A study on this clinic was accepted at the international conference of Nurse Practitioners 2021 and won a research award from the RCSI in 2022. Catriona received first class honours in her MSc in Advance Practice in 2022 with her dissertation on Menopause education being published in the international medical journal, Climacteric, in July 2023. This paper also won the IGPNEA research bursary award 2023.

Elizabeth O’Hagan 

Community pharmacist with an interest in integrative health and lifestyle medicine.

Liz studied Pharmacy in RCSI in Dublin and qualified in 2011.

In 2021 she completed a course in Integrative Medicine and Lifestyle Health through the Andrew Weil Centre for Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona. She is passionate about trying to empower customers and patients with knowledge and resources to help them improve their overall health, approaching it from a holistic angle.


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Official partners 

InforMD Menopause is a 2023 SmartD8 pilot project. 

Event details 

Date: Monday October 16th, 10am - 1pm.

Venue: iD8 Studio at The Gatelodge, Roe Lane (off Thomas Street), The Digital Hub, Dublin 8, D08 EY05.