ASH Ireland’s Board Members serve on a voluntary basis.

The current Board Members are as follows:

Dr. Ross Morgan
Consultant Respiratory Physician Ross Morgan is a Consultant Respiratory Physician. He is a graduate of U.C.D. Medical School and undertook higher specialist training in Respiratory Medicine in Ireland and Fellowships in Pulmonary and Critical Care in Boston University. He was appointed in 2007 to Beaumont Hospital where he leads the lung cancer multidisciplinary team.He is also chairman of the Lung Leads Group at the National Cancer Control Programme and a Member of the Irish Thoracic Society Lung Cancer Committee. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Royal College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and of the American College of Chest Physicians.

Dr. Angie Brown
Consultant Cardiologist Dr Angie Brown is a Consultant Cardiologist and Medical Director of the Irish Heart Foundation. She obtained her medical degree from Cambridge University and her Cardiology training in Kings College Hospital. After completing an MD from Cambridge University she moved to Ireland and has worked as a Consultant Cardiologist in Beaumont Hospital and St James’s Hospital before becoming Medical Director of the Irish Heart Foundation. Dr Brown has previously been Chairperson of ASH Ireland. She is a General Cardiologist with a specialist interest in imaging and set up the Irish Cardiac Echo and Imaging group (I.C.E). She also has a strong interest in prevention in particularly tobacco control.

Ms. Norma Cronin
Tobacco Control Consultant Norma Cronin is a Tobacco Control Consultant with a particular interest in smoking cessation and training, and with over 20 years experience in this area. She qualified as a general nurse and midwife in Ireland and holds a Higher Diploma in Public Health. She is the former Health Promotion Manager at the Irish Cancer Society and had overall responsibility for cancer prevention and tobacco control. In collaboration with the relevant agencies, she played a key role in ensuring the effective implementation of Ireland’s Smoke Free at Work legislation and has presented nationally and internationally on this ground-breaking initiative.Norma established and managed Ireland’s National Smokers’ Quitline which is an initiative of the Irish Cancer Society in partnership with the Health Service Executive. Norma serves on a number of national and international committees and is an Advisory Board Member of the International Network of Women against Tobacco (INWAT Europe) and regent representative for European Network for Smoking Prevention (ENSP). She is also the former Chairperson of the Board of Office of Tobacco Control (OTC).

Mr. Barry Dempsey
CEO Irish Heart Foundation Barry Dempsey joined the Irish Heart Foundation as Chief Executive Officer during 2012. Prior to this he was for ten years Managing Director and Chief Executive of Peter Mark. Peter Mark is Ireland’s most popular hairdressing brand and one of the six largest privately owned hairdressing groups in Europe, with 1,650 employees in 73 outlets throughout the country. Before this, from 1997 to 2002, Barry was Chief Executive of the Irish Cancer Society. During this time the Irish Cancer Society became the second largest voluntary fundraising national charity in Ireland.Barry is from Dublin and was educated at Manchester Metropolitan University (Business Studies), Trinity College Dublin, the Irish Management Institute and Harvard Business School. After graduating he worked in management roles in manufacturing industry in the UK and Ireland. He has an on-going interest in management education and development and is currently a Director and Chairman of the Council of the Irish Management Institute. He is a former non-executive Director of St. Luke’s Hospital in Dublin, the national centre of excellence for radiotherapy.

Dr. Patrick Doorley (Chairperson)
Dr Patrick Doorley is a specialist in Public Health Medicine and a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of Ireland. He graduated from UCD in 1975 and worked in various hospital specialities, including general medicine, paediatrics, geriatric medicine and psychiatry until he started training in Public Health Medicine in 1984. Dr Doorley worked as Director of Community Care and Medical Officer of Health in the former Eastern Health Board, Director of Public Health in the former Midland Health Board, National Director of Population Health and as National Director of Health and Patient Information before leaving the HSE at the end of 2013.Dr Doorley has acted as a member of the Women’s Health Council, the Office of Tobacco Control and the Research Institute for a Tobacco Free Society and was more recently a member of the Special Action on Obesity Group and the Advisory Group on Plain (Standardised) packaging for Tobacco, both of which were established by the Minister for Health.Dr Doorley is currently the Faculty of Public Health Medicine Spokesperson on Tobacco.

Dr. Emer Hanrahan
Dr. Emer Hanrahan is a Consultant Medical Oncologist at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. She graduated from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, in 1999. After completing her general medical training in 2002, she trained as a Specialist Registrar in Medical Oncology in Dublin from 2002 to 2004, after which she travelled to the USA to pursue fellowship training in medical oncology. From 2004 to 2008, she undertook fellowship training at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and at the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland. In 2008, she took up a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Thoracic, Head and Neck Medical Oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She was appointed as a Consultant Medical Oncologist in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, in 2010, where she continues to focus on the management of patients with lung and head and neck cancers. She is the institutional principal investigator for a number of lung cancer studies and is an active member of the All Ireland Cooperative Oncology Research Group (ICORG).

Ms. Mary Hough
Mary Hough is a Solicitor and Partner in Hayes Solicitors. She represents and advises medical professionals on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious medical legal issues. She specialises in representing medical professionals in clinical negligence claims. Mary is a CEDR accredited mediator and a Partner in the Healthcare Department of Hayes Solicitors.  

Ms. Shane AllwrightEpidemiologist Shane Allwright is recently retired from Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, where she was Professor in Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, and latterly, College Registrar.She is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.  Her research interests include health effects of active and passive smoking and of alcohol misuse; evaluation of tobacco and alcohol control policies; and prisoner health.

Professor Allwright was the lead investigator on a study of the impact of the ‘smoking ban’ on the respiratory health of bar workers. She chaired the report to the Minister for Health and Children entitled “Report on the health effects of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) in the workplace” that was critical to the introduction of the Irish smokefree workplace legislation.

She has served in various capacities on a variety of national and European public bodies, including the Board of the Office of Tobacco Control.



 Mr Wally Young Public Relations Consultant and Media Trainer

Wally Young is the founder and head of Young Communications, Dublin. He provides a mix of Public Relations Consultancy, Advocacy and Media Interview Training to a select range of clients. He specialises in crisis media planning and execution.

He is  the former head of Defence Forces Media Relations, retiring in 1996 to establish Young Communications.  He was engaged as Communications Adviser to ASH Ireland for 20 years up to 2017.

He was engaged as a Media Adviser (part time) to President Michael D. Higgins, having held a similar appointment with President Mary McAleese, whom he advised in the 1997 election campaign.


Mr. Duncan Stewart
Environmentalist and TV PresenterDuncan Stewart is a well-known TV presenter and documentary film producer in Ireland. He is an environmentalist, a sustainable energy expert and an award-winning architect. He specializes in ‘ecological’ architecture and has been a pioneer of ‘green’ building design in Ireland, with a Bachelor of Architecture from UCD.Duncan is a board member of Ash Ireland, the Dublin Civic Trust, the Micro Energy Generation Association and a founder of EASCA.Besides being a popular TV personality for over 20 years, Duncan is well recognized as programme maker and presenter of about 400 ‘factual’ TV documentaries and factual ‘lifestyle’ programmes. Topics range from climate change, biodiversity, water, resource efficiency, sustainable energy, transport, forestry and wood technology, sustainable farming and food, community resilience and home improvement.Most of these TV episodes have been broadcast on RTE One (Ireland’s Public Broadcaster) and produced by his film company, Earth Horizon Productions. Earth Horizon has produced many successful and informative, high-audience rated TV series, including ‘Eco Eye’ and ‘About the House’. These can be accessed on