A brief History

Johnstown Medical Centre has been providing specialised General Practice care to South County Dublin for children, adults and their families since 1964.

A wide range of modern, community based services allow most people to get fully assessed and treated here in our surgery, without ever needing to attend a hospital.

  • 1960’s


    Dr John Mason founded the practice in 1964 at this Johnstown Rd / Granitefield location after having trained and worked in Ireland, Canada and England. This medical centre was almost unique in Ireland as it was specially designed for a General Practice office. He had great expertise in Paediatrics and Maternity Care. Many adults still with us attending the Johnstown Medical Centre were delivered by Dr John. He also made a name for himself as a back doctor and orthopaedic medicine doctor. In addition, he delivered a hospital medical service to patients, in the local St. Gabriel’s Private and St. Michael’s Private Hospitals.

  • 1970’s

    Dr Michael Flynn joined John Mason as a partner in 1971 as the practice had expanded considerably. Before this Drs. Jim O’Boyle and Joe Cunningham had also worked in the practice.

    John and Michael were great partners and friends and delivered a very patient centred and modern family practice. They continued with their Maternity Care service until the mid 1970s. Another first for the practice was the arrival of a Practice Nurse, Kay Briggs.

    John Mason was approached by the Medical School at Trinity College and became tutor to medical undergraduate students and GP Tutor to the Department of Community Health and General Practice.

    Dr Dermot O’Brien joined the expanding practice in 1978 as a partner.

    John Mason had long been involved in encouraging GP Training as a modern postgraduate speciality and he was elected a GP Trainer to the Dublin GP Training scheme in 1976.


  • 1980’s

    The surgery premises became separated from the adjacent house which also incorporated a dental clinic. The practice became involved as occupational health physicians to businesses that later on became Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and the Irish Trade Board.

    Dr Joan Macken also joined the practice. Joan has extensive GP training in Ireland, Canada and England. She also has experience in providing Woman’s health and Occupational Medicine.

    Staff from that time included Joyce Nevin, Peg Burke and Esther McGarry who are all still fondly remembered.

    John Mason and Michael Flynn continued to be involved with Postgraduate GP Education. John and Michael were founding members of the Irish College of General Practice, ( ICGP), and John Mason was greatly honoured to be the first President of the ICGP at its foundation in 1984.

  • 1990’s

    The early 90’s were a difficult time for the practice. Both Drs. Michael Flynn and John Mason had major illnesses and sadly Dr. Dermot O’Brien died at a young age. Fergus Mason left his practice in Vancouver Island, Canada to join the practice and Dr Majella Hillery and her family helped out.

    A forward looking Practice Nurse, Rita Brown, joined our team. She developed the modern delivery of our practice nursing services.

    The practice developed further by computerising the patient records. This computerisation facilitated a more efficient service for our patients.

    Dr Barry Danaher had been a particularly successful GP Registrar in the practice before travelling to Australia. We were delighted to re-acquire his services when he joined the practice as a partner in 1999.

    The practice was in need of more expanded space and we acquired the adjacent house and dental practice in 1998.


  • 2001

    After much planning and research, the new, expanded Johnstown Medical Centre was formally opened in 2001. This facility has helped us deliver a better community based service.

    Along with the new practice building, we continued to invest in new computers and networks to provide a modern Electronic Health Record. Ms Ursula Thorp was appointed our first Practice Manager. She has trained and worked very hard to improve our patient care and practice efficiency.

  • 2002

    Dr. John Mason retired from the practice in 2002. His patients missed him greatly. His legacy to the practice patients was to deliver up to date, patient-centred medical care with a GP team that works very well together.

    John became ill after he retired, and passed away in 2005. Maeve and the Mason family were very grateful for the huge expressions of support from patients, since his funeral.

    In 2002, Dr Brian Kilbride joined our partnership. He brought great experience of both hospital medicine and general practice which has been a great asset to the Johnstown Medical Centre.

    The Practice Nurse Service also underwent change as Practice Nurse Mary Burke joined us. Mary had previously worked at senior nursing levels in St. Michael’s Private Hospital and elsewhere and in a general practice. She has enhanced our service, especially for babies and women’s Health.


  • 2005

    Dr Michael Flynn continued to provide leadership at a national GP Training level and we were all delighted for Michael, and Tess, when he was elected President of the Irish College of General Practitioner’s, for the 2005-2006 period. Thus, Michael was the 2nd GP from our practice to be elected as national President of the ICGP.

  • 2008

    The practice underwent significant disruptions. Sadly, in the summer of 2008, Dr Michael Flynn took ill and after a short time passed away. Tess Flynn and her family have always been a huge part of our practice and Michael’s wisdom and joviality are greatly missed.

    Our patients were greatly saddened by this loss of a favourite Family Doctor.

    We were fortunate that Dr Conor O’Leary was returning to Dublin from his practice in Perth at the time Michael became ill and was able to seamlessly step in to his rather large shoes.


  • 2010

    The team at Johnstown Medical Centre are delighted now to formally welcome Dr Conor O’Leary as our new partner. Conor is a very skilled Family Doctor. He did his GP Training in Dublin and worked in his late father’s practice in Glasthule. He went to Perth, Western Australia where he became a partner in a large group GP practice. He undertook extra postgraduate training in general practice and was involved in teaching pre and post graduate doctors. He became a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

    Conor has been a huge asset to the Johnstown Medical Centre. He brings many extra skills, in particular experience in skin surgical procedures and in managing chronic diseases. We look forward with Conor to providing more innovative and efficient continuing care to our patients.