1943 – Former Hotel / Hospital, Foynes, Co. Limerick

Architect: Desmond Fitzgerald

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The former St. Senan’s hospital was built by the Government as a hotel accommodation for passengers travelling on the flying boats which passed through Foynes while en-route to America and Continental Europe. The building was designed by the Office of Public Works (OPW) Architect Desmond Fitzgerald at a cost of approximately £40,000. When Foynes ceased as an aviation port in the late 1940s the hotel was taken over by the Health Authority. In 1949 Dr. Noel Browne, Minister for Health, opened the new children’s TB hospital at Foynes. The property was closed in 2002 and has remained vacant since.