As many dentists know, 2023 will mark the centenary of the first AGM of the Irish Dental Association and therefore also, given Irish history, the foundation of the Northern Ireland Branch of the British Dental Association (BDA).
A history of the Irish Dental Association is currently being written by historian Dr Eoin Kinsella, and it will be launched at the centenary Annual Conference of the Association in Kilkenny next May. The Conference itself is a central part of the celebration of the centenary and an exciting and varied programme is being planned. Over the course of the next 18-24 months, this Journal will also cover aspects of the history of dentistry on this island in the last 100 years. Watch out especially for features on dental education and women in dentistry. Arising from contact for the centenaries, one new initiative is that the President’s Message in the JIDA is being replaced in the copies distributed in Northern Ireland with a message from the Director of the BDA in Northern Ireland, Tristen Kelso. This co-operation has been managed with great goodwill between all the parties involved. If anyone still has material that may be of interest for the history, Eoin can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.