A multi-speciality, multi-disciplinary network advancing paediatric musculoskeletal health in Ireland


Healthy development of the paediatric skeleton is essential for health and wellbeing. When any aspect of muscle or bone progresses sub-optimally in infanthood or childhood, the consequences on quality of life and even life expectancy can be severe. Supporting paediatric musculoskeletal health involves extensive interactions between several clinical specialities, especially endocrinology, paediatric orthopaedics, radiology and neonatology. Triskele brings together clinicians and academics in order to advance research in the area of paediatric musculoskeletal health and disease. The network is initiating new research projects into conditions such as hip dysplasia, scoliosis, osteopenia of prematurity, inherited rickets, achondroplasia, Perthes disease and spinal muscular atrophy, spanning clinical specialties including endocrinology, bone metabolism, skeletal dysplasias, orthopaedics, neonatology and radiology.


For our network, the Triskele represents the coming together of different clinical and research disciplines to advance understanding and treatment of paediatric skeletal conditions.

Derived from the Greek word Triskeles meaning “three legs”, the Triskele or Triple Spiral is a complex ancient Celtic symbol. Often referred to by many as a Triskelion, its earliest creation dates back to the Neolithic era, as it can be seen at the entrance of Newgrange, Ireland. The Triskele gained popularity in its use within Celtic culture from 500BC onwards.


Dr Ciara McDonnell, CHI & TCD

Mr Connor Green, CHI & Cappagh Kids

Prof Niamh Nowlan, UCD


The Triskele Network is funded by Children’s Health Ireland.