Meet the Council

Stephen Murray, President OSI

Stephen Murray  is president of the OSI and represents the society at home to the public and the dental profession at large and represents the society abroad to other orthodontic societies like the World Federation of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontists. He also works with Paul, the scientific officer, organising the conferences that keep our members updated with new orthodontic skills and knowledge.

Stephen has worked in most areas of dentistry before becoming an Orthodontic Specialist in 2000. He has worked in the NHS in the UK and HSE in Ireland and now is principal at Swords Orthodontics specialist practice. Outside of orthodontics, Stephen is interested in learning about the world and he is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Senator with the Junior Chamber International Organisation. He is also a fairly experience scuba diver, a shockingly bad guitarist and an enthusiastic cook.

Sinead O Hanrahan

Sinead O Hanrahan is the Past President of the OSI.

Sinead originally graduated from Dublin Dental School, TCD in 1993 and in 1999 she completed her membership and fellowship exams in General Dental Surgery from the RCSI. In 2006 she completed her post graduate orthodontic training in TCD.

Sinead has presented at the European Orthodontic Society Congress and at the OSI scientific conference. She has completed numerous professional course including a Laser Course  in Orthodontics and is certified in the use of Dental Diode laser System .

Currently, Sinead in the HSE in Dundalk as a Specialist Orthodontist and has her own private orthodontic practice in Navan, Co Meath.  Sinead is also a member of World Federation of Orthodontists. She lives in Balbriggan with her two teenage children.

BA B Dent Sc  FDS (RCSI)  MFDS (RCSEd) MDentSc  MOrth (RCSEd)

Ronan Perry, President Elect

Ronan Perry graduated with honours from the Dental School at TCD in 1998 and worked as a general dentist in Dublin before moving the UK, to work as in one of the UK’s leading teaching hospitals.

In 2000, he was awarded the Membership of the Faculty of Dentistry from the RCSI and then completed a three year, full time Masters in the Speciality of Orthodontics in TCD in 2005. In addition he was awarded a Masters in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 2005.

Ronan has a specialist interest in lingual orthodontics and is one of Ireland’s leading practitioners of lingual orthodontics with over 200 lingual orthodontic cases.

He is a registered specialist and an active member of the Orthodontic Society of Ireland, of which he has served as membership secretary and editor of the society newsletter and Scientific Secretary. Ronan is currently President Elect of the OSI. He is also honorary Treasurer of the Irish Dental Association (IDA) 

Ronan has published several papers in clinical research and orthodontics, and has presented his research at international meetings, such as the European Orthodontic Congress. He also obtained an MSc in Lingual Orthodontics at the University of Hannover Medical school in Germany, in addition to his existing specialist qualifications.

Ronan completed an Ironman competition in Klagenfurt, Austria in 2015 which comprised a 3800 metre swim, followed by 180km bike and 42 km run. 

B.Dent. Sc, MFDS RCSI, M.Dent.Ch TCD, M’Orth RCS (Edin), MSc Lingual Orthodontics MHH

Sharon O’Flynn, Treasurer

Sharon O’Flynn is the Treasurer of the OSI. Sharon graduated from the Dublin Dental School and Hospital, TCD in 2002. In 2004 Sharon completed her membership exams from the RCSI in Dublin. In 2003 to 2005 she worked as a Senior House Officer (SHO) in the Dublin Dental Hospital and Cork University Dental Hospital in all areas of dentistry. In 2008 Sharon completed her Masters in Orthodontics in Cardiff and her postgraduate Orthodontic training in the RCS in Edinburgh. She is a member of the OSI, the World Federation of Orthodontics and the IDA Irish Dental Association. She works full time in the HSE in St James's Hospital, Dublin 8.

BA BDS TCD, MFDS ( RCSI), Morth RCS Edinburgh

Darius Sagheri, Hon.Secretary

Darius Sagheri is the Honorary Secretary of the OSI. Darius completed his dental degree at Wilhelms University of Westphalia (Muenster, Germany) in 1998 and went on to work in general dental practice in Germany. Darius then commenced a post as General Dental Surgeon in the HSE whilst undertaking a Masters in Dental Science at the School of Dental Science, Trinity College, Dublin (TCD). Darius returned to Germany and completed the Specialist Orthodontist Training Programme at Cologne University Hospital (University of Cologne, Germany) and was then appointed Lecturer in Orthodontics at Cologne University Hospital and worked in private orthodontic practice. Darius then went on to completed a PhD at the School of Dental Science (TCD).

Darius Sagheri is Director of Orthodontic Therapy at the School of Dental Science (TCD) and works in private orthodontic practice. Darius published various papers in international, peer-reviewed journals and lectures regularly at international orthodontic and dental conferences.

Paul Murphy, Scientific Secretary

Paul Murphy completed his dental degree in Cork and graduated with honours in 2005. He received first place in his class for clinical orthodontics in his final BDS exam. Following graduation, Dr Murphy worked in general practice in the UK followed by an SHO surgical post in Cork. He completed his MFD exam in the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. He then embarked on his postgraduate orthodontic training in Cork. He completed his doctorate with honours, and attained the M.Orth from Edinburgh. Paul works in private practice in Dublin and Greystones, Co. Wicklow. He lives in Greystones with his wife and two daughters.


Kate Counihan, Private Sector Representative

Kate completed her undergraduate studies in dentistry in University College Cork from 2002-2007 before working in a variety of hospital and community posts during GPT training in Edinburgh and as an SHO in Trinity College Dublin. In 2009 Kate was awarded the Membership of the Faculty of Dentistry from RCS Edinburgh. Always an avid traveller and explorer, Kate then set sail on her world travels in 2010 taking in some voluntary work in Peru and Cambodia and working as a clinical demonstrator in the University of Queensland, Brisbane and in private dental practice in Australia. Kate returned to London in 2012 to complete her specialist orthodontic training. While completing her specialty training in Queen Mary University of London and the Royal London Hospital, Kate was awarded the 'Jim Moss academic prize' for distinction in her masters thesis and the 'British Orthodontic Society MOrth cases prize' for her clinical work. In 2015, Kate returned to her home town of Tralee to work in specialist orthodontic practice. She lives in Killarney with her husband Rob and enjoys hiking, cycling and surfing and generally availing of all the amenities on offer in the beautiful kingdom of Kerry!

Claire Higgins, Public Sector Representative

Claire Higgins graduated with honours from Dublin Dental School, Trinity College in 1998 and went on to work in general dental practice in England whilst studying on the General Professional Training Programme, University of Cambridge in 2000 and also completing her MFDS from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland in 2001. Claire then commenced posts as Senior House Officer and then Registrar in Paediatric Dentistry in Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Dublin. Claire went on to work as a General Dental Practitioner in the HSE before embarking on a 3 year full-time Specialist Training Programme in the University of Wales, Cardiff where she gained a Masters in Orthodontics with distinction. Claire also gained her MOrth in the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh at this time. Claire is a Specialist Orthodontist and as such is registered as both a General Dental Practitioner and Specialist Orthodontist on the Registers of the Dental Council of Ireland. Claire has several publications in leading orthodontic journals and has given presentations on her research at international orthodontic congresses.

Claire lives in Dublin with her husband, James, and their four young children. Claire enjoys running and escaping to the gym in what little spare time she has.

BA  BDentSc(Hons) MFDS RCSI MScD(Dist) MOrth RCSEd

Lornyn Dobbyn-Ross, Consultant Representative

Lorna Dobbyn-Ross is a Consultant Orthodontist at Galway University Hospital (GUH) since April 2012.  Her undergraduate dentistry was completed at TCD where she was a scholar of the university.  Her higher training from SHO to consultant level was completed in Scotland and she undertook orthodontic specialist training at the University of Dundee Dental School and Senior registrar/FTTA training at the University of Glasgow Dental School, Scotland.  Her specialist area of interest is outcome in cleft lip and palate patients, and she has published a number of papers in peer reviewed journals such as the European Journal of Orthodontics, the Journal of Orthodontics, the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal.  She has also presented at the Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland annual conference together with British Orthodontic conference. Lornyn lives beside the Atlantic ocean with her two small children, and her husband who is a Consultant Anaesthetist at GUH.

BA B.DentSc (TCD), MFDS (RCSEd), M.Orth (RCSEd), MSc, FDS(Orth)(RCSEd), PGCert(MedEd) FHEA