Sunday 22 September 2019

Midwife Joan Fenlon honoured on her retirement

Brendan Keane

A nurse who retired from her profession recently after a career stretching back 40 years was honoured with a reception dinner in Bunclody Golf Club.

Joan Fenlon, who is originally from Kiltealy but now lives in Enniscorthy, was a nurse and midwife and at the time of her retirement in April she was working in Wexford General Hospital.

However, those in attendance at the recent retirement reception in Bunclody were told that her career began as 'a domestic' in St John's Hospital in Enniscorthy.

Joan also worked during her career in Waterford Regional Hospital but was based in Wexford since 2001.

As well as being a nurse and midwife she also trained as a psychiatric nurse.

Joan was joined at the function by her husband, Oliver Carty, and her son Conor.

Among the people who made speeches were Dr Gardeil who is a consultant obstetrician in Wexford General Hospital and Helen McLoughlin who is the director of midwifery.

Midwife, Aileen Kehoe, also made a speech at the event along with midwife manager, Bernadette Honohan.

A special moment occurred with two letters were read out from two German former work colleagues of Joan who were unable to attend but wrote down in words special tributes to their friend.

Following the speeches the attendees were treated to a dinner and a cake baked especially for the occasion.

Music was also provided on the night by Stephen Murphy.

Joan was delighted with how the night went and the organisers thanked everyone who helped make it a very enjoyable and special occasion for her.

Gorey Guardian