The Irish Institute of Orthopaedic Surgeons was formed in 1972. Its functions included determining the need for new orthopaedic appointments, involvement in the replacement of those retiring, and a commitment to develop a training program in line with that being established in the UK under the auspices of the Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Joint Committee of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons.
National Orthopaedic Literary Award
The National Orthopaedic Literary Award (NOLA) was established by Professor John O’Byrne in 2016 as a creative writing competition for medical students. It has been judged by Roddy Doyle, Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter. He is the author of eleven novels for adults, eight books for children, seven plays and screenplays, and dozens of short stories.