AFTER 33 years of dedicated work in the Bon Secours, Tralee, Dr James O'Regan has hung up his stethoscope for the last time. His family, friends and colleagues recently joined him, in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel, to celebrate his retirement from the hospital as a Doctor of General Medicine.
"The night went very well, there were many people at it," said Dr O'Regan.
Dr O'Regan graduated in 1969 from University College Cork. After a few years of doctoring at St Catherine's Hospital in Tralee, he travelled to St Louis. When asked what moments stood out in his career, his time in St Louis as an Assistant Professor of Medicine was one of them. He then became Chief of Medicine at the Deaconess in St Louis.
"I was in St Louis for four years before coming back to Kerry and starting in the Bon Secours," added Dr O'Regan. He has the prestigious title of being the first full time consultant physician at the Bon Secours, Tralee.
Now after 33 years of working in the Bon Secours, Dr O'Regan has retired. He has no plans as of yet but he wishes to continue playing the organ in the Dominican Church in Tralee as he has every Sunday for the past 32 years.