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St Ita's staff honoured at Grand Hotel



ALL roads lead to Malahide last week for the annual Allied Staff Association's presentation to retiring workers from St Ita's Hospital.

This year some 21 staff were honoured and recognised for their loyal service at the Portrane hospital over the years.

For over two decades now, the organisation has been holding the event and it is always one of the highlights of the year where staff, both present and past, get a chance to catch up. Among those honoured on the evening was Gerry Cobbe, the former director of nursing at the hospital. Also retiring were two of the longest-serving workers, Paschal Henchy and Tommy Murphy.

The presentations were performed by assistant director of nursing Gerry Dowling and by acting director of nursing of St Joseph's Intellectual Disability Service, Eileen Kelly.

The event was organised by a four-person committee comprising Gerry O'Connor, Ivor Kearney, Teresa Kiernan and Geraldine McGuinness.

After the formalities were out of the way, guests got a chance to relax and unwind, helped along by the terrific Country Pride band.

Thanks was extended to Niall Whelan who did the photography and Hillary Fogarty from the Grand Hotel.