PHOTO GALLERY: Unveiling of Curragh Families Hospital monument

Hospital an important part of Curragh local history

Niamh O'Donoghue niamh.odonoghue@leinsterleader.ie

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Niamh O'Donoghue niamh.odonoghue@leinsterleader.ie

One of the best known babies of the thousands of newborns delivered at the Curragh Families Hospital is RTÉ broadcaster, Ray D'Arcy.

Now demolished, the hospital served the local community and its surrounds for over a hundred years.

A committee set up to honour the important role it played unveiled a special monument recently with some of those babies, now adults, in attendance.

“All those adults and children who were treated or nursed there have fond memories of the hospital and the services that were provided,” said a committee spokesperson.

A statue of Our Lady resided in the main entrance to the hospital and is now on show at the General Military hospital building.
Matthew McNamara is chairperson of the committee and the monument, which was designed by Steven Coy.

It's hoped that it will invoke many memories for years to come.

The Curragh Local History Group was given permission to erect the permanent monument in the Memorial Garden opposite St. Brigid's Garrison Church at the Curragh Camp.

The hospital was closed in 1984 and demolished in the early 1990s.

Built by the British Army, it served as a purpose-built Families Hospital and was a general and maternity hospital, providing an excellent medical service for the families of the Curragh Camp.

“The hospital had seen hundreds, if not thousands of births within its walls and sadly on occasion the passing of family members,” commented the committee.

The monument was unveiled last Saturday August 27 after 7pm mass on the Curragh.

The committee would like to thank all who supported the project at the various social nights and other fund raising events.

“We hope the monument will be a fitting tribute to The Curragh Families Hospital and to all who passed through its doors over the years,” it added.