Lock iconRectangle 1Rectangle 2 + Rectangle 2 CopyShapeRectangle 1

Our Staff

McElwee Pharmacy helpful Staff

Our friendly and professional staff are here to help.

McElwee Pharmacies have over thirty healthcare professionals working across our 3 stores in Laois. Each member of staff is focussed on delivering the very best in service to you.

Introducing our key staff.
All our pharmacists are fully qualified and we ensure that they are kept up to date on the latest healthcare developments so that you can be assured you are getting the very best advice.



Managing Director / Pharmacist

Peter graduated from the School of Pharmacy, University College London (UCL) in 1998 and qualified as a pharmacist in 1999. Having worked with Boots the Chemists and Hickeys Pharmacies, he came to help manage the family business in 2001. Peter bought McElwee Pharmacy in 2004 and has since overseen the continued growth and development of McElwee Pharmacies to three busy stores as Managing Director with the help of Jim and Mary. A "chip off the old block", Peter has retained family values as a core element of McElwee Pharmacies.

James A McElwee

Director / Pharmacist

James ("Jim") opened McElwee Pharmacy Mountmellick in 1975 on O'Connell Square. With a need for more space, he moved the pharmacy to what had been Pims Department Store in 1980 and further to the east side of the Square in 1990. With the foresight to see the pharmacy develop in many fields, he also fostered a well earned reputation as a veterinary pharmacist. Jim continues to work with Peter with the management of the business and as a pharmacist.

StephanieHart Pharmacist


Stephanie is a core member of the McElwee team and has been serving the community in Portlaoise since the Pharmacy opened it's doors there in 2006 as Managing Pharmacist. Stephanie qualified from Trinity with an honours degree completing her intern year at Guinness Medical in St James's gate. Stephanie is passionate about health and wellness and has a special interest in women's healthcare.

Claire Duggan Pharamacist


Since graduating from the University of Sunderland in 2001, Claire has worked in the community sector. Dedicated to delivering quality pharmaceutical care, and believing we offer an invaluable and accessible service to our patients, Claire is one of our most experienced managers. Claire has a special interest in children's healthcare and the expansion of the role of the pharmacist.

Bridget Dalton Pharmacist


Working as a community pharmacist since 1999, Bridget has since achieved a Masters in Community Pharmacy Practise from Trinity in 2006. Bridget then joined McElwee Pharmacies and is a friendly face normally to be met in our Portlaoise Shop.

Dermot Donaghy Pharmacist


Dermot graduated from the University of Brighton with a Masters of Pharmacy in 2009. As Managing Pharmacist at our Connolly Street Store, he prides himself on providing a professional, efficient and caring pharmacy service to his patients. With extended experience in medicine use reviews, vaccinations and a naturally caring manner - Dermot is now well known to all our customers.

Aodain Phelan


Aodain is a Supervising Pharmacist at McElwee Pharmacy O'Connell Square. Aodain joined the McElwee team in 2012 after completing her pharmacy degree at Robert Gordon University Scotland. Aodain is always on hand for a chat in confidence and loves meeting people as part of her role. So pop in and say hello!