Schull is home to one of the world’s leading dentists. He has dozens of prestigious awards and accolades from international dental associations and, because he has been honoured with the title of Freeman of the City of London, he is legally allowed to walk sheep across London Bridge.
He’s also been recently helping out endangered tigers and working with PhD students for free.
Named one of the world’s Top 100 Doctors in Dentistry, Professor Doctor Edward Lynch lives in beautiful Schull with his wife Helene who runs the exclusive five-star Fastnet Hotel.
While he helps out at The Fastnet Hotel, with guests saying the pair are “the most welcoming couple you can imagine,” Dr Lynch had an unbelievably impressive medical career, with multiple degrees, jobs at top hospitals, fancy titles and a long list of awards.
He is one of few Dentists to have been elected to the Livery of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and is also honoured with being a Freeman of the City of London.
He says this is very useful as it allows him, amongst many other privileges, to ‘legally walk sheep across London Bridge.’
He’s also been supporting the conservation of endangered tigers in India. Dr Lynch and his co-writing colleague have donated all the commission fees and royalties from their latest medical textbook to a charity to support animal conservationists.
A life-long dentist, Dr Lynch’s most recent success came just this week, after an international awards ceremony in the United States saw him return to Ireland with a ‘distinguished’ medical award.
On Wednesday, he received a Distinguished Scientist Award at a glitzy awards ceremony hosted by the International Association for Dental Research in Virginia, USA.
It’s another award for Dr Lynch to add to his presumably crowded trophy cabinet.
Not only is he one of the Top 100 Doctors in Dentistry Worldwide, but Dr Lynch was also elected as the most influential person in UK Dentistry in 2010.
Dr Lynch first earned his two dentistry degrees at Trinity College, Dublin. He then went on to work in top hospitals including the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, the University of London, Queens University, Warwick Medical School and the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Nevada to name a few.
He has been awarded the Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in London and the Academy for Dento-Facial Aesthetics. He is also the first-ever Dentist from Ireland and the UK to be awarded the prestigious Fellowship from the American Society for Dental Aesthetics.
The awards don’t stop there, Dr Lynch’s accolades also include the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award at the UK Dentistry Awards, a lifetime achievement from the International Association for Ozone in Healthcare for Services to Research and Teaching in 2013 and a prize for the best Worldwide Research in Ozone in Medicine, Veterinary and Dentistry in 2018.
After moving back to Ireland from the US, Dr Lynch is now an Honorary Professor at De Montford University and is enjoying life in West Cork.
He continues to supervise a group of PhD students and is very active on the editorial board of numerous prestigious International Journals including Scientific Reports and Nature, all of which he works for with no fee.
He is heavily involved with many charities regularly donating and fundraising for them.
After Wednesday’s award ceremony, Professor Lynch said: “I feel honoured to receive this prestigious award from my academic peers.
“However, I dedicate this to all my co-workers and colleagues, with whom I have worked during the past 42 years,
“Without their help, guidance and support, I would never have today received this very prestigious award from The International Association for Dental Research.
“Therefore, I dedicate this award to my wonderful colleagues, and, of course, my wife Helene and Family who have to put up with me every day!”