Hospital keeps it in family for mother of all celebrations
A GREAT grandmother whose daughter, grand-daughter and great grand-daughter were all born at one of the country's busiest maternity hospitals yesterday helped to start the celebrations for its 50th anniversary.
Elaine Donegan (50) returned to the Regional Maternity Hospital in Limerick with her daughter, Aileen Donegan-Boome (27) and her grand-daughter, Ava Rose Boome (nine months). All three women were born in the city hospital and they were joined by Elaine's mother, Mary Walsh (in her 70s), from Ballyagran, Co Limerick.
An open day will be held this Saturday to mark 50 years of providing maternity services in the region.
Anne Sinden -- who is the longest serving staff member at the famed maternity hospital -- said she could not have predicted the changes that occurred at the facility since she started working there in 1974.
The regional facility was officially opened in 1960 by then Health Minister Sean McEntee and provides obstetric and midwifery care to women and their families from Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary.
A total of 198,087 babies have been born there up to the end of last month.
The hospital is the second busiest outside of Dublin with an average of 5,300 babies born every year, according to officials.