WELL-KNOWN PR manager Tamso Doyle was the last surgical patient to be treated at Mount Carmel Hospital.
The Kildare woman said she received "great care" through various operations she had over the years, which resulted from falling off horses.
As she packed up her belongings to leave the hospital after her operation the previous day, Ms Doyle expressed sadness at its closure and said: "I have so much empathy for the nurses and medical team in Mount Carmel."
She said it had been a "tough day" for most of the staff, as the hospital had been open since 1949 and that some of them had worked there for "decades".
"A lovely nurse called Betty, whom I recognised from a previous visit brought me a cup of tea earlier. This is her last day, having worked here for 35 years," she said.
Ms Doyle paid tribute to the staff as a "caring team". And while most of them will have "no problem" getting a job in the near future, she said it was a very sad day.
"There is still a huge sense of shock and a massive change for the staff of around 300 people after the shock announcement of closure last week.
"The Mount Carmel team have given me great care over the years, including for the most special experience of all: giving birth to my wonderful daughter India three Januarys ago."