Professor Feighery completed his undergraduate medical training in University College Dublin; this was followed by internship and initial post-graduate studies in the Mater Hospital. Subsequently he was appointed as a research fellow in Sir Patrick Dun’s hospital and in Trinity College Dublin, working with Prof Donald Weir.
His interest in research inspired the remainder of his career and, his initial clinical specialty training was in Gastroenterology, but with a strong emphasis on immunological mechanisms. In 1977, he undertook a research fellowship in Dallas, Texas and performed research in the field of transplantation immunology. On returning to Dublin, he continued to practice Gastroenterology and conducted research into auto-immune disorders.
In 1982, he was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Immunology in Trinity College and Clinical Immunologist in St. James’s Hospital. A busy clinical service was established with major interests in auto-immune disorders including coeliac disease, vasculitic diseases, and also primary immunodeficiency diseases.
These clinical interests provided an excellent basis for ongoing research programs leading to the training of some 50 graduate students in PhD, MSc and MD studies. For over 20 years Professor Feighery acted as an independent chair to the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Children’s Research Centre, Crumlin, and continues committed to the Centre’s activities up to the present time.