A birthday party with a difference was celebrated by children from all over the country in Galway at the weekend.
The guest list included 500 special youngsters, all of whom were born with the aid of NaPro Fertility Technology, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in use in Ireland.
NaPro Technology is aimed at couples with infertility, recurrent miscarriage or other gynaecological problems.
The first clinic offering NaPro Technology fertility treatment opened in Galway in 1998 and moved to the privately owned Galway Clinic in 2004. Three doctors at the clinic are currently providing the technology to couples having difficulty conceiving. A fourth physician offers treatment in Donegal and a fifth is in training in Cork.
The unique approach was pioneered by Dr Thomas Hilgers, consultant obstetrician and professor at Creighton University Medical School in Omaha, Nebraska.
Dr Hilgers travelled to Galway to address a conference on infertility and miscarriage.
The NaPro system allows abnormalities to be identified in the fertility cycle before couples even try to conceive.
Our photo, by Andrew Downes, shows Dr Phil Boyle of the NaPro Technology and Fertility Clinic at the 10-year celebration with some of the 750 children that NaPro helped to be born.