Mourners urged to 'dress to impress' at funeral of pioneering Kildare doctor 

David 'lived life out loud'

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Mourners urged to 'dress to impress' at funeral of pioneering Kildare doctor 

Dr David Gilhooly RIP

Mourners attending the funeral of a Kildare doctor known for his sartorial flair have been urged to 'dress to impress him'.

Dr David Gilhooly, who passed away a week ago, was a leading expert in anaesthesia and in 2009 co-founded an international charity to help train doctors and nurses in African hospitals. 

A Scholarship has now been established to honour David's memory. 

David, from Duneany, will be laid to rest in Kildare Town tomorrow.

The death notice written by family and friends said: "David lived life out loud and showed care and kindness to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him and being treated by him.

"In celebration of David's life and his sartorial flair dress code is colourful and fabulous. Dress to impress him."


David co-founded an international charity called Global Emergency Care Skills ( www.gecs.ie) in 2009 to train doctors and nurses in African Hospitals in the the delivery of life saving critical care and resuscitation skills.  

David is mourned by his heartbroken parents Seamus and Letitia, his beloved partner Jack, brother Desmond, sister Sarah, sister-in-law Ulla, niece Charlotte as well as a large extended family and many friends. 


David's remains will be reposing at home in Kildare from 5 pm to 7 pm this evening. 

Funeral Mass takes place at 12.30pm in St. Brigid's Parish Church, Kildare tomorrow. 

Burial takes place afterwards in St. Conleth's Cemetery, Kildare. 

The Dr David Gilhooly Memorial Scholarship has been set up to honour the memory of David.


This Scholarship will be awarded to a trainee in Anaesthesia in Kenya or Malawi to honour David’s belief in ending health poverty through medical education.

The Board of Directors of GECS will take responsibility for the financial and corporate governance of the scholarship.

Members of the public are being asked to make donations, if desired, to the Dr. David Gilhooly Memorial Scholarship at Global Emergency Care Skills. 

Donation boxes in the church or contact info@gecs.ie.