Dr Sinead Hanafin
Thurles lady Dr Sinead Hanafin was in the Royal College of Surgeons, accompanied by her family members, to pick up a very well deserved Ad Eundem Fellowship in recognition of her contribution to nursing and society on a global and national scale.
Monday December 12th will be rightly regarded as a red letter day for Dr Sinead Hanafin, Mill Road, Thurles as she was conferred with an Fellowship Ad Eundem at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland at a glittering ceremony in Dublin.
Daughter of Peg and the late Seamus Hanafin, Rossa Street, Thurles , this prestigious award was given to Sinead in recognition of the research contribution she has made to nursing and society on a global and national scale.
The award was presented by the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Ms Mary Jacob, and the President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, Professor John Hyland.
And, what made the day even more special for the entire Hanafin family was the fact that Sinead's husband, Jim Symons and her children Aine and James as well as her brothers and sisters were all present at the Royal College of Surgeons to share in Sinead's magnificent achievement.
This award is a major highlight in Sinead's long and illustrious career which has included public health nursing, lecturing in universities in Ireland and Europe and working as Head of Research at the Department of Health.
Sinead is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Research Associate at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and has her own business, Research Matters Ltd which is based at the Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre, Limerick Institute of Technology, Thurles Campus.
Sinead told The Tipperary Star this week, “It was a magnificent honour to have been chosen for this award and it was totally unexpected. I much prefer to do my work in the background and I was very surprised to hear that I was being honoured with this Fellowship. It was very special to have had most of the family there with me and we enjoyed a great day at the ceremony,” Sinead said - her eldest daughter Siobhan was unable to be in attendance as she is away working in New Zealand at the present time.
Sineads work has taken her all over Ireland, Europe and indeed the globe. But, Thurles is her home and the people of the Cathedral Town will join in congratulating one of their own on receiving this very high honour indeed.