independent

Wednesday 15 August 2018

Davy was a real friend of St John’s

Family and friends of Davy Murphy with Bishop Denis Brennan at the unveiling of the bench at St John’s Community Hospital.
Family and friends of Davy Murphy with Bishop Denis Brennan at the unveiling of the bench at St John’s Community Hospital.

Pádraig Byrne

Despite passing away a year ago, aged 86, the name Davy Murphy is still one that carries a lot of weight at St John's Community Hospital. A tireless volunteer, Davy was a familiar sight on the corridors of St John's always popping in to visit someone or do some messages.

It was for this reason that a special bench was installed in his memory at the Hospital and Bishop Denis Brennan and Fr Sinnott were present to bless it at a special ceremony recently. Davy first started going to St John's in the sixties to visit his father, who he used to shave and do various bits and pieces for. One day the man in the next bed asked for a shave as well and all of a sudden Davy became the Hospital's unofficial barber. As well as this, he would frequently call to people who had no visitors, as well as dropping down to the shop to pick up sweets and tobacco and bringing some of the men outside to smoke. He was there so often that many believed he worked at St John's!

It was with this in mind that the memorial bench was decided upon as a fitting tribute, carrying a picture of Davy smoking his pipe. It now has pride of place in the garden and is enjoyed by staff and residents alike.

'Everybody has a passion in their lives and I think Daddy's was St John's,' said daughter Fiona. 'He was always there for people, right up to when he became ill. He spent his last ten weeks in there himself and was treated like royalty. It's like the bench says, he was a real friend to St John's.'

The bench was blessed by Bishop Denis Brennan, who knew well of all his work, and it now sits as a permanent reminder of a man who was loved by all associated with St John's.

Enniscorthy Guardian

News