A dentist based in The Liberties has been named Dublin Dentist of the Year 2019, after helping a young boy in Direct Provision after answering a call for help on Facebook.
Dr Patrick Rooney, of Clear Dental Care in Cathedral Court on New Street, was nominated for the award for his treatment of the young boy, who had just arrived in Ireland from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The woman who nominated Dr Rooney for the award said the boy’s family were overwhelmed by the kindness shown to them by Patrick.
The woman herself had organised for a group of families from a local Direct Provision centre to stay at a guest house she owned for the Christmas period.
“The young boy was so happy and full of joy, but unfortunately his front teeth and some of his molars were rotten to the core.
“Although they were his milk teeth, I was worried the decay would travel and they would damage his new teeth.
“I put an appeal out on Facebook and Patrick got in touch offering to treat the boy for free,” the anonymous woman said in her nomination.
The judging panel praised Dr Rooney for his act of kindness in providing his services to a child badly in need, but also clearly in one of the most vulnerable groups in society.
Unfortunately, Dr Rooney was unable to attend the ceremony last week, with the prize accepted on his behalf by some of his colleagues at Clear Dental Care.
The awards, which were attended by more than 360 people at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road on Saturday night, enable patients to nominate dentists who have provided them with dental care above and beyond their expectations.
The Irish Dental Association received more than 1,000 nominations from dental patients all across the country.