The College and the Teaching Clinic

Why was the College set up?

The ICTCM was set up in 1983 to help satisfy the growing demand for safe alternative healthcare. It was the first College in Ireland devoted to the teaching of Chinese medicine, according to the Classical Traditions of TCM, as taught in China. All teaching material in the College is based upon clearly documented classical Chinese medical texts, which provides a theoretically secure base for establishing sound clinical practice.

One of the College classrooms

When Prof. Shanahan first introduced Acupuncture TCM to Ireland in the early 1980s, very few people had heard of Acupuncture, TCM or Chinese Herbal Medicine. Nowadays, many people actively choose this medicine either as an adjunct to Western Medical treatment or as a means of treating illnesses which have not responded well to other forms of medicine.

Acupuncture and TCM are at the forefront of alternative approaches to health and illness, focusing as they do, not only on treating and curing current illness but also on disease prevention and on health enhancement.


The College and the Teaching Clinic

              The Teaching Clinic

The College has its own premises – ICTCM House – which includes a purpose-designed and planned College and TCM Teaching Clinic in Dublin. There is a suite of dedicated seminar and lecture rooms in which the theoretical teaching of all the courses is undertaken.

These adjoin the College’s Teaching Clinic consisting of a set of four clinical treatment rooms and a patient/client reception and waiting area.

Student study and refreshment areas are provided within the College.


Location and Transport

ICTCM House, is centrally located in Dublin 3 a short distance from the 3Arena Dublin (formerly Point Depot) near Dublin’s developing Port area. The ICTCM is easily accessible via the Dublin Port Tunnel, the East Link Bridge and the infra-structure of roads leading to all parts of Ireland.


There are excellent road and coach links to Dublin Airport for students coming in by air from other parts of Ireland, the UK and Europe. The Luas line, and coaches and buses to the Airport, all run from the 3Arena Dublin and a Dublin Bus service runs from in front of the college.

On request, successful applicants will receive further information about current transport links and accommodation in the area.
Free on-street parking is usually available outside the college on Merchants Road.

A map is provided at the foot of each page.


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