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Sarah Hession got to meet her mother Mary Scanlon yesterday at Castleturvin House Nursing Home in Athenry, Co Galway. Residents at nursing homes and long-term care facilities are now allowed two visits per week. Photo: Ray Ryan

Sarah Hession got to meet her mother Mary Scanlon yesterday at Castleturvin House Nursing Home in Athenry, Co Galway. Residents at nursing homes and long-term care facilities are now allowed two visits per week. Photo: Ray Ryan

Sarah Hession got to meet her mother Mary Scanlon yesterday at Castleturvin House Nursing Home in Athenry, Co Galway. Residents at nursing homes and long-term care facilities are now allowed two visits per week. Photo: Ray Ryan

Residents of the Castleturvin House Nursing Home in Athenry, Galway, are delighted to be reunited with their families again after an easing of restrictions from yesterday allows them two visitors per week.

Some of the 36 residents of the home haven’t seen their loved ones since Christmas and one resident can’t wait to  meet her six-month-old great granddaughter, said the home’s director of nursing, Clodagh Killeen.

"The residents are really happy and the family members are overjoyed,” she said.

All but one resident of the facility has received a Covid jab and it has had no deaths from Covid, and just one case of the virus in which the patient recovered, she said.

With virus case numbers high in the community, residents are cautiously optimistic that they can return to some semblance of normality, she added.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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