A hospital ward annually treating nearly 2,000 children, which was unchanged since the 1930s, has had a €2m makeover, mostly thanks to charity donations.
The new-look Top Flat Ward at Temple St Hospital in Dublin was unveiled today by star professional cyclist Dan Martins who helped in fundraising.
It now has a mix of four and two bedded units with four single isolation rooms which are fitted with an air-pressured controlled environment which will be of particular benefit to children with infections, including cystic fibrosis sufferers.
One of the single rooms is also to fitted out to monitor children who have uncontrolled epilepsy.
Triona Priestley (15) who has cystic fibrosis and spends stints in the ward was delighted with the new makeover.
Triona's mother Bernie said: "For us it means coming into a safe place , something we were unsure we would ever see.
"It means Triona can focus on fighting infection and not worry about picking up anything else is a dream come true."
The cost of the upgrade was around €2m and almost €1.65m of this came from charitable donations from the public.
Dan Martin commented that the hospital is now 141 years old "so considering how old and dated some of the wards are, the continued dedication of the staff to these children for me is truly inspirational.
"Together, with the support of the corporate sponsors, the volunteers and all those that have donated and partaken in the annual DIDCycle4life, we have raised in excess of €350,000 for Temple Street.
"Seeing what has been achieved today, shows me that we all have the ability to make a real and lasting difference and makes all of us at DIDCycle4life even more determined to raise the bar at our next event on June 7th this year."