Track 1: His background in England and Dublin, his early education, followed by his entry to Trinity College Dublin to study Medicine. His impressions of the college during his student days. Track 2: Graduation in 1962, followed by postgraduate work in the Adelaide and Meath Hospitals before studying psychiatry at St Patrick’s Hospital in Dublin for two years. In 1966 moved to London for further postgraduate studies at Bethlehem Royal and Maudsley Hospital. Returned to St Patrick’s in 1971 to join Peter Beckett, Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College. The transfer of the clinical base of the Department of Psychiatry to what was then St Kevin’s Hospital, now St James’s. Track 3: Appointed Head of Department in 1977, remaining there until 2001. Striving to enhance the profile of psychiatry and introducing new strategies for educating students in this discipline. The fundamental importance of the research work undertaken at the Department of Psychiatry over the years in informing current developments and achievements in the area of Psychiatric Medicine. Funding challenges. Track 4: The options for treatment of psychiatric disorder, past and present, and the necessity for continuing research in the field. Track 5: The Boards on which he served and his motivation for publishing his recent book on psychiatry and Trinity College. Memories of his years as a lecturer and the demanding nature of this calling. Track 6: His retirement from academic life and his current position on the Board of St Patrick’s. Reflections on the defining moments of his professional career.