Pain Medicine

Pain Medicine is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of painful disorders. Making a diagnosis involves clinical assessment, radiological investigation, blood tests and provocation testing.

Pain and its associated symptoms may arise from a single cause, such as postoperative pain. Pain can also constitute the primary problem, such as neuropathic (nervous system) pains or headaches.

The range of activity available at the hospital includes the management and treatment of the following:

  • Degenerative spinal disease (cervical, thoracic and lumbar arthritic facet joints, degenerative discs and vertebral fractures)
  • Trigeminal / occipital neuralgia
  • Types of chronic headache and facial pain


Access to Service: Please note that a referral letter from a GP / Consultant will be required for each patient attending the consultant. Please send an e-referral by healthlink or post the referral to the relevant consultant.

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Brendan Conroy
Consultant Anaesthetist and Pain Specialist
Pain Management Clinic, Pain Medicine Pain Specialist & Anaesthetist
Bon Secours Hospital Tralee
Phone: 066-7164582 Fax: 066-7164562

Dr Brendan Conroy

Consultant Anaesthetist and Pain Specialist



Dr Brendan Conroy is a Consultant Anaesthetist and Pain Specialist who completed his specialist training in St James’s Hospital Dublin, Beaumont Hospital Dublin, Mater Misericordia Hospital Dublin, Cork Regional Hospital and St Jame’s Hospital Dublin.  He also received training in both Anaesthesia and Pain Management in the US and is board certified in both specialities. His teaching experience includes being an Associate Professor in both Anesthesia and Pain in the University of Texas and he currently holds the position of Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, College of Anaesthesia Ireland. 

Areas of Interest

Dr Conroy’s  specialist interests include spinal pain and cancer pain.  He has extensive experience in both chronic non-malignant and malignant pain. 


  • M.D. –Trinity College Dublin
  • F.F.A.R.C.S.I –Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
  • BA-
  • MB-
  • BCh-
  • BAO -
  • F.F.P.M.C.A.I – College of Anesthetists Ireland
  • F.I.P.P – World Institute Of Pain (US)
  • DABA-

Contact Details

  • Dr Brendan Conroy
Tagarisa Foto
Consultant Anaesthesiology / Pain Management
Anaesthesia, Pain Medicine Pain Specialist & Anaesthetist
Bon Secours Hospital Limerick
Phone: 086 102 1664 Fax: 061-312939

Dr Tagarisa Foto

Consultant Anaesthesiology / Pain Management


Consultant in Pain Management

Dr Foto completed specialist training in Anaesthesia, Intensive care medicine and Pain Management on the Irish National Anaesthesia Training programme. He completed further fellowship training in pain management at St Vincent’s Hospital and Tallaght Hospital in Dublin. Dr Foto is a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, College of Anaesthetists of Ireland.

Dr Foto has attended courses in the United Kingdom, Spain, Denmark and other countries to keep his pain management skills up to date as well as evidence based.

Dr Foto has worked in Bon Secours Cork and St Luke’s Hospital in Dublin.

Areas of Interest

  • Chronic back and neck pain
  • Cancer Pain
  • Facial pain
  • Abdominal and Pelvic pain
  • Chronic Postsurgical pain


For appointments & queries opening hours are from 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm Mon- Tues- Thurs - Fri

Contact Details

  • Dr Tagarisa Foto
  • Bon Secours Hospital Limerick at Barringtons


Dominic Harmon
Consultant Anaesthesiology / Pain Management
Anaesthesia, Pain Medicine Pain Specialist & Anaesthetist
Bon Secours Hospital Limerick
Phone: 086 1038705 Fax: 061 312939

Professor Dominic Harmon

Consultant Anaesthesiology / Pain Management


Educational Details:

Prof Dominic Harmon graduated in Jun 95 as Master Medical Science; Physiology from UCD, NUI. In Apr 97 he gained a Diploma in Sports Medicine from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland which fostered an interest in Sports Medicine and proved to be valuable experience in the management of Musculoskeletal Pain. In Apr 99 he was awarded Fellow of College of Anaesthetists.

Prof Harmon achieved a BA in Arts from DCU, NUI in Mar 01 and in Mar 03 he graduated with a BA in major Psychology DCU, NUI. His objective in achieving this degree was directly relating to Chronic Pain Management and cognitive outcomes after Anaesthesia. In Dec 03 he graduated with an M.D. (Anaesthesia) from UCC, NUI. In May 04 he gained a Certificate in Specialist Training (Anaesthesia Intensive Care and Pain Medicine) and in May 05 a Diploma in Pain Medicine. He received a postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education from University of Wales in Jan 2005.

Anaesthesia, Specialist Professional Training

From July to Sept 04, Prof Harmon was Locum Consultant Anaesthetist at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital Limerick and at Beaumont & Cappagh Orthopaedic Hospitals Dublin.

Specialist Training

Pain Medicine – University Hospital Dublin, Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin Dublin, St Vincent’s Hospital Dublin, and Beaumont Hospital Dublin Regional Anaesthesia – UCH Cork, University Hospital Dublin, UCUH Galway

Ultrasound in Anaesthesia – significant clinical experience in diagnostic & interventional ultrasound techniques. Prof Harmon lectures widely on this topic and holds workshops at national & international level. He has written & edited a book & DVD ‘Perioperative Diagnostic & Interventional Ultrasound’.

Fellowship in Chronic Pain – Specialist Registrar in Pain Medicine Nov 04 to Oct 05, at the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery and honorary Lecturer in the University of Liverpool. This is the largest Neurosciences unit in the UK.

Prof Harmon has been part of the Barringtons Hospital team of Consultants since 2009.

Contact Details

  • Professor Dominic Harmon
  • Consulting Suites, Bon Secours Hospital Limerick at Barringtons, George's Quay, Limerick.


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