| 15.9°C Dublin

Brian and Pippa feel for hospital staff

CELEBRITY couple Brian Ormond and Pippa O'Connor have shown their support for the staff of Mount Carmel hospital.

The presenter and his model wife said they found the announcement of its closure and the loss of jobs as "very upsetting".

The couple have a connection to the private maternity unit as their first son Ollie was born there last year.

Kildare beauty Pippa in particular has fond memories of Mount Carmel as her grandfather Dr Karl Mullen worked there for many years.



Dad-of-two Brian said they were "shocked and saddened" at the closure.

"I'm very sad about it," Brian told the Herald.

"It's very upsetting to hear that so many jobs have been lost. Ollie was born there so we have a real connection with it.

"And Pippa's grandfather worked there for years so she has even more of a tie to the place."

It was announced last week that the up-market maternity hospital was closing with the loss of more than 300 jobs.

Brian said that they weren't aware of the hospital's difficulties.

Mount Carmel is a popular choice among celebrities with well-known names such as Yvonne Keating, ex-wife of Boyzone star Ronan, golfer Padraig Harrington's wife Caroline and Sinead O'Connor all giving birth at the prestigious hospital.

The couple, who married in 2011, now live in Maynooth with baby Ollie and have said they will have more children in the future.

However, Pippa (29) recently told the Herald that she will hold off on having another baby for the time being.

"We have just gotten through the sleepless nights with Ollie and I am working hard on my new blog," she said.