The Kieran name has been synonymous with the pharmacy profession for three generations, stretching back to 1920, when Patrick Kieran opened his first premises on High Street, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim.

The following year, he moved to a larger premises on Main Street, formerly known as Davidson’s Post Office and Draper’s Store.

In 1925, he opened a Medical Hall in Drumshanbo, which was subsequently run by his brother Michael, and Michael’s wife, Alice (nee Bouchier Hayes).

Michael Kieran

Three years later, he opened another Medical Hall, in Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan under the stewardship of his sister Margaret, and her husband, Jim Byrne.

On Patrick’s retirement in 1959, his sons Brendan and Desmond took over the management of the premises in Ballinamore, thus guaranteeing a second generation of pharmacists in the family.

In 1968, Brendan moved to Carrick-on-Shannon, where he purchased the business of Herbert Harman, a second-generation pharmacist, located on Main Street, beside the well-known Bush Hotel.

At the same time, Desmond and his wife Sheelagh, formed a partnership with his sister Nuala, and her husband Charlie Browne to run the Ballinamore premises.

In 1974, Charlie and Nuala bought their own Pharmacy in Cootehill, Co. Cavan, where their daughter, Aedine continues to operate as a Community Pharmacist.

In 2001, Brendan moved to a larger premises on Main Street, Carrick-on-Shannon, formerly Doherty’s Bakery, where he established Brencopharm Ltd., trading as Kieran’s Pharmacy, with fellow directors, wife Margaret, and son Brendan (Jnr), now a third generation Pharmacist.

In 2004, Brencopharm Ltd., set up a second Pharmacy in Mohill, Co. Leitrim, which is currently managed by Helke Schramm, MPSI.


Patrick Kieran qualified as an Opthalmic Optician in Liverpool and was a Fellow of the British Opthalmic Association (FBOA). He was also a practicing Dentist.

Patrick and his brother, Michael, served on the Irish Pharmaceutical Council for a number of years, a unique distinction, as it is understood that no other brothers have ever been elected at the same time. Patrick was also the first Pharmacist and Dentist in Ireland.

Patrick’s grandson Brendan also served on the Pharmaceutical Council (2006-2007).