OVER 220 people packed the Turvey Golf and Country Club, Donabate at the weekend as St. Itas hospital said farewell to some of its longest-serving staff members. Tributes were paid to retiring staff, some of whom had served the hospital for more than 40 years.
Presentations were made to the 11 retiring members at a function organised by the St. Ita’s Allied Staff Association on Friday evening.
Presentations on behalf of St. Ita’s Mental Health Service were made by Martin Connor, Director of Nursing, with presentations for St. Joseph’s Learning Disabilities Service made by Eddie Sweeney, Assistant Director of Nursing.
Although retirement functions generally take place once a year, Martin Naughton of the Allied Staff Association said the numbers marking their retirement on Friday was unusually large.
Mr. Naughton said that an excellent night was had by all who attended.
Gerard Ferris, originally from Kerry and now living with his wife in Swords took up employment at St. Ita’s in 1961 and became Head Occupational Therapist in 1970.
Retiring from the position of Assistant Director of Nursing was Wicklow-born Maura Joyce, who was with St.Ita's since March 1960.
Married to Sean, she is also now living in Swords. Patricia Cullen retired from Community Services, after working at St. Ita’s since 1980. She now lives in Naas.
Patricia Miland was originally employed in June 1963 and was Nursing Officer since January 1978. Her sister, Baby Davis was retiring at the same time, having worked at St. Ita’s since April 1961. She had held the position of Deputy Nursing Officer, and lives with her husband, John in Portrane. Both Baby and Patricia, who lives in Swords, were both members of the Portrane Camogie team in the early 1960s.
Mary Naughton first came to St. Ita’s in October 1961 and retired from the position of Senior Staff Nurse. Her husband Martin is a Nursing Officer at the hospital and also Secretary of the St. Ita’s Allied Staff Association. The couple live in Portrane.
Nora Kelly had given more than 40 years’ service to St. Ita’s, having been employed at the hospital since May 1957.
Working in the Allocations Department, she was involved in rostering all staff at the hospital. Married to Dermot, she also lives in Portrane.
Presentations were made to retiring staff from St. Joseph’s Learning Disability Service, which is attached to St. Ita’s.
Liam Kelly was originally employed in September 1964 and he retired from his position as Nursing Officer.
His late wife Mary passed away in recent years and he lives with his family in Portrane.
Dorothy Corrigan began working at St. Ita’s in 1978 and retired from her position as Staff Nurse. Married to Michael, she lives in Donabate.
Joan McAllister started in 1967 and retired as Senior Staff Nurse at St. Joseph’s. She is married to Christopher and lives in Donabate.
Patricia Fagan, Portrane, worked on the Care Staff at St. Ita’s since 1981.
One of the best known faces in St. Ita’s, Sean Clarke worked in the Catering Department for 45 years. Sean is married and also lives locally.