Team Of Specialists

Angela McDaid

Ahmed AbdelHamid


Catherine Cullen


Jayne Diamond

Dr. Brendan O’Gara

Michaela Mc Glinchey


Dr. Gonzalo Lopez Baillo


Dr. Rachel Birt


Susan O’ Loughlin


Dr. Siobhan Murray  

BSc BA BDentSc MFD (RCSIre) MSc(Orth.


Founded The Blue Poppy Dentistry & Orthodontic

Siobhan  founded The Blue Poppy (Donegal) in 2010. She comes from a family of dentists. Her father founded Murray Dental in Omagh where he practiced for forty years. Her brother, Emmet, took over the practice and works there currently as a general dentist.


Siobhan undertook her dental training at Trinity College Dublin. She was awarded the prestigious academic title of Scholar in 1997 and graduated with honours in 2001. She obtained a Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery and was made a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland) in 2003.

As well as General Dental and Health Board dentistry her resume includes twelve months as a Senior House Officer in Maxillofacial surgery in Manchester; six months as a Locum Registrar in Orthodontics in Manchester and two years as a Specialist Registrar in Orthodontics at Leeds Dental School.

Her specialist interest is in Adult and Child Orthodontics and has a Masters in Orthodontics from Warwick University. She is currently studying  for a postgraduate certificate in Cone Beam Computerised Tomography through Kings College London

The Keen Traveler !

Siobhan has been a keen traveller and has carried out voluntary dental work in Guyana and in The Himalayas. It was while on the latter trip that she encountered the Blue Poppy, a flower native to the Himalayas and the national emblem of Bhutan.She has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and canoed The Yukon River in Canada.

Angela McDaid  

Administrative assistant and Dental Nurse.



Angela is a qualified dental nurse.

She also has over 6 years experience in administration

Welcoming smile to put our patients at ease!

She works hard to ensure that things run seamlessly and patients & Staff alike are happy, what she enjoys most about her role at the practice is getting to interact so warmly with patients while helping to improve their smile.

Angela prides herself on providing excellent customer service from her and the team, and is always on hand with a welcoming smile to put our patients at ease.

Angela was a Blue Poppy patient in their Donegal Practice before joining the new Blue Poppy Team in their new Letterkenny practice.


 Angela enjoys travelling,hiking, cooking and learning New Skills. She has a keen interest in fitness and health.

Lorraine Conroy

Dental Nurse  


Studies & work history

Lorraine obtained her Dental Nursing Qualification in  2006 from the National Examining Board of Dental Nursing.

She has gained considerable experience working in general practice for 15 years before joining the Blue Poppy Team in Oct 2019 

Catherine Cullen

Dental nurse



Catherine is from lovely Longford and joined our team in January 2019.

She qualified as a Dental Nurse from Athlone institute of technology in 2007.

Work history

Catherine spent 10 years working in a busy dental practice in Galway City before settling in County Donegal.

She has a keen interest in orthodontics and is dedicated to making your visit to Blue Poppy Dental relaxed and enjoyable.

Keeping fit

In her spare time Catherine enjoys keeping fit and spending time with family and friends.

Ahmed AbdelHamid

General Dentist with Special Interest in Dental Implants




Ahmed graduated in 2003 from Ain Shams University- Cairo – Egypt.
Ahmed gained membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – UK in 2014.
* Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – UK.
* Registered Dentist in The Dental Council (Ireland)

Work history

He has over 16 years of experience working as a general dental practitioner. Ahmed has spent most of that time practicing in Dubai in prestigious and well known dental clinics.
Ahmed has an extensive experience in General Dentistry and Dental Implant surgery and is passionate about learning and keeping up with all new advances in dentistry including Cone Beam Computerised Tomography.

Passion for History !

Ahmed is married to a dentist and has two young children who keep him busy most days.
However, in his spare time he also enjoys sports especially Basketball and has a passion for history.
His father is a well-known Egyptian, historical architect who has been responsible for the restoration of the Old City of Cairo.

Jayne Diamond

Dental nurse and Practice Administrator



Jayne is from Inver. She graduated with distinction in Dental Nursing from Letterkenny Institute of Technology in October 2017 at the age of 20. 

Work history

Since Jayne graduated she has worked at Blue Poppy Dentistry and Orthodontics, Donegal Town both in the surgery and on Reception. 

Jayne excells at patient care and treatment coordination to the practice.

She is dedicated to her role in ensuring everything we do for you before, during and after your appointment is both efficient and enjoyable. 


Music lover !

In her spare time Jayne enjoys her music and has won medals in Fleadhs across Ireland, playing accordion.  She also loves singing. 

Jayne is also a big animal lover and enjoys taking her two dogs for walks on the beach in the evenings. 


Dr. Brendan O’Gara B.Dent. Surg.

Special interest in Oral  Surgery including Surgical extractions



Brendan is a highly experienced dentist, competent in all aspects of general dentistry. He has a special interest in oral surgery, and has wide experience in wisdom teeth extraction and difficult extractions generally.

Brendan’s roots are in Manchester and south west Donegal (his father is from Glencolmcille), but he has spent most of his career in Australia. He was accredited to various Australian hospitals to perform general dentistry under general anaesthesia with a focus on oral surgery, and spent time as a dentist for the Royal Flying Doctor service in Queensland. Most recently, he was a member of the dental practice that won the All Ireland Colgate Caring Dental Team of the Year 2018.

The Problem Solver !

Brendan likes travel, hill walking, and traditional Irish music, and plays piano accordion and fiddle. He has also played chess at county level in the UK, and as a member of MENSA enjoys problem-solving, especially in relation to dentistry.

Michaela Mc Glinchey

Dental nurse



She qualified as a dental nurse in 2017 from Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

Work history

During an early career in retail where she learned the importance of providing great customer service.

She fulfilled an ambition of travelling and working abroad when she went to Australia and worked as a dental nurse where she gained valuable insights into other practices and procedures.

Michaela takes pride in her work ensuring patients receive the best care possible. She enjoys a chat with the patients and is calming and reassuring towards nervous patients.

Michaela joined the Blue Poppy team in 2019.

Gym time !

Outside of work, Michaela enjoys going to the gym, walking and spending quality time with family and friends.

Dr Gonzalo Lopez Baillo

BSc Dentistry, post graduate in Oral Malfunction, Occlusion & Oral Rehabilitation. Post graduate in Oral Surgery & implants



Gonzalo graduated with a BSc in Dentistry from Complutense University Madrid in 2000 and achieved a post graduate qualification in 2003  in Oral Malfunction, Occlusion and Oral Rehabilitation from CEU University,  Valencia, followed by a further post graduate qualification in Oral Surgery and Implants from Hospital University La Concepcion  Madrid.

Work history

Gonzalo has more than 20 years of professional experience in leading local and multinational dental centers across Europe. Trained both at undergraduate and postgraduate level in top ranked Universities in Spain with on-going training in relevant international annual meetings and specialized courses.  He is extremely experienced  with full focus on patient care.  Gonzalo has postgraduate qualifications and extensive experience in Oral rehabilitation and Implants. He is an active member of SEI (Spanish Implant Association), IDA (Irish Dental Association), SECIB ( Spanish Oral Surgeon Association) and ITI(International Team for Implantology) and SEPES.

Susan O’ Loughlin

Dental Hygienist



Susan began her training as a dental nurse in New York City. She subsequently graduated from Trinity College Dublin as a Dental Nurse and worked in a specialist periodontal practice in Dublin for a number of years as a dental nurse before undertaking training in Glasgow Dental Hospital. She graduated as a Dental Hygienist in 1995.

Work history

Susan is a qualified trainer, and has designed a course for cross infection control in the dental surgery.

Susan was the first Dental Hygienist to work in Donegal Town. She has worked in Donegal Town since 1995 and is a founder member of The Blue Poppy, Donegal team. She has enjoyed participating in building a professional and dynamic practice.


Quality family time

In her spare time Susan enjoys spending time with her family, including their dog Milly. She also enjoys travelling, reading and walking.


Dr Rachel Birt

General Dentist – Special Interest in Children’s Dentistr



Dr Rachel Birt is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin.

Work history

Rachel enjoys all aspects of general dentistry and children’s dentistry.

She is especially good with anxious patients and young children. She enjoys working with patients to build a supportive and friendly environment in order to create a pleasant dental experience.


Marathon aficionado !

Originally from Cavan, in her spare time Rachel enjoys running and keeping fit and has run in many marathons including The Dublin City Marathon. Rachel also has a keen interest in music and plays both traditional Irish flute and classical piano.