Popular Killarney GP receives special retirement send-off

Máire Flynn Director of Nursing Killarney Community Hospital (sixth from left) making a special presentation to Dr Patricia Mangan to mark Dr Patrica’s retirement after 38 years, with present and former nursing staff Margaret Lawlor, Noreen Mackessey, Breda O’Connor, Helen Costello, Noreen Joy, Teresa Clifford (second row) Therese Kerins, Mary Kelliher, Eileen Doody, Geraldine Nagle (third row from left) Maureen Creedon, Sheila Moynihan, Nancy Dineen, Eileen Cronin (fourth row from left) Nora Riordan,Noreen Daly, Geraldine Murphy (back) Catherine O’Shea, Catherine O’Reilly and Trish Wright at The Plaza Hotel, Killarney on Friday. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin
Máire Flynn Director of Nursing Killarney Community Hospital (sixth from left) making a special presentation to Dr Patricia Mangan to mark Dr Patrica’s retirement after 38 years, with present and former nursing staff Margaret Lawlor, Noreen Mackessey, Breda O’Connor, Helen Costello, Noreen Joy, Teresa Clifford (second row) Therese Kerins, Mary Kelliher, Eileen Doody, Geraldine Nagle (third row from left) Maureen Creedon, Sheila Moynihan, Nancy Dineen, Eileen Cronin (fourth row from left) Nora Riordan,Noreen Daly, Geraldine Murphy (back) Catherine O’Shea, Catherine O’Reilly and Trish Wright at The Plaza Hotel, Killarney on Friday. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Stephen Fernane

Dr Patricia Mangan enjoyed a fond farewell from friends and colleagues at The Plaza Hotel, Killarney on Friday last.

Patricia, who retired earlier this year following a long and distinguished service as a GP, was popular with patients within her own GP practice and as an assigned GP for Killarney Community Hospital where she served since 1981.

"There were times when it was very challenging, but it was always worthwhile," Patricia said. 

"I met some wonderful people there and the great thing about retiring locally is that I still get to meet the people I've been lucky enough to interact with. That side of it is lovely," she said.

Patricia said she will miss interacting with people but by the same token is also looking forward to doing some travelling and spending more time cooking and getting involved with local groups like Tidy Towns.

"I will miss meeting people for sure, but there is lots to look forward to," she added.

A native of Dublin, Patricia completed her training in the capital prior to marrying the late Dr Bill Mangan. Bill was a native of Killorglin and the couple opened a GP practice in 1970.

Marie Flynn is Director of Nursing at Killarney Community Hospital and St Columbanus. She described Dr Mangan as someone who gave expert human care at all times and was always compassionate towards patients.

"She was an excellent colleague and I couldn't speak highly enough of her. She was a friend to everybody," she said.

"Dr Mangan delivered an excellent service right up to her retirement. It wasn't just the people from the Killarney area that knew Dr Mangan, but people from every part of Kerry that used our acute services. She is a wonderful person and she deserves to be acknowledged in a proper way, which is why we held this event for her. A lot of the older staff also returned for the event, which made it extra special for Dr Mangan."

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