Olympic rower visits Children’s Ark at UHL

Olympic rower visits Children’s Ark at UHL

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Mollie Ryan (aged 5) and Mum Claire from Ennis, Co. Clare with Dr. Sinead Jennings.
Mollie Ryan (aged 5) and Mum Claire from Ennis, Co. Clare with Dr. Sinead Jennings.

Staff at the Children’s Ark, University Hospital Limerick were delighted to welcome former colleague and Olympic Rowing Champion Sinead Jennings yesterday.

She was invited by Consultant Paediatrician Dr Michael Mahony to drop by and share her experiences in Rio this Summer, where she competed in the lightweight double sculls taking sixth place in the race.

During 2013, Sinead spent six months with the Children’s Ark, UHL as SHO (Senior House Officer) as part of her medical training to become a GP.

A Letterkenny native, Sinead lives in Limerick and is a member of St Michael’s Rowing Club on O’Callaghan Strand in Limerick City.  She moved to Limerick after her marriage to Limerick’s two time Olympic rower Sam Lynch. They have three daughters Clodagh (5), Molly (3) and Hannah (2).

Mollie Ryan (aged 5) and Mum Claire from Ennis, Co. Clare with Dr. Sinead Jennings at the Children’s Ark School, UHL.
Mollie Ryan (aged 5) and Mum Claire from Ennis, Co. Clare with Dr. Sinead Jennings at the Children’s Ark School, UHL.

Speaking about her SHO training at UHL, the Olympic Champion said, ‘Working as an SHO was much harder than training to be an Olympic rower, but just as rewarding! I really enjoyed my time here and am delighted to be invited back to meet former colleagues and get an opportunity to say hello to some of the children here as well.’

Dr Michael Mahony, Consultant Paediatrician at University Hospital Limerick said, “To have an Olympic finalist who worked with us here in UHL is extraordinary, we are very proud indeed – pharmacist, doctor, mother, world champion and Olympian, she has done it all but no doubt there is more to do, an incredible achievement!’

Sinead is also delighted with the surge in interest in her sport ‘post – Rio’, particularly from young girls.

‘My rowing club here have been inundated with juniors, its’ great for rowing, as a mother of three young girls it’s great to see this level of interest.’

‘Ive also been asked to be an ambassador for the Limerick Suicide Prevention Group so I’m delighted about that and am very happy to help them out to raise awareness.’

To compete in the Rio Olympics, Sinead had put medicine on temporary hold, she returns to her GP Training programme in October which will take a further two years to complete.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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