PR Photography | History at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
As discussion has been ongoing regarding changing the name of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co. Louth, we are reminded of the visit to the hospital by Princess Grace and Prince Rainier. Our photo archive has some great images of this visit we wanted to share.
Royal Visit to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
Princess Grace and Prince Rainier made a state visit to Ireland in June 1961 and made a stop at the 4-year-old hospital in Drogheda. Mother Mary Martin, who helped found Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, showed the royal visitors around as they visited patients and received gifts from local children.
The 1961 visit remains vital to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and Drogheda. The Princess Grace Rose Garden was created in 2017 in memory of the visit. Prince Albert II has written about his family’s “everlasting friendship with the Irish people”, sharing the importance of the 1961 visit to the royal family and the local community.