Staff and residents at county Kilkenny hospital pull together for first party since pandemic hit
Residents of St Columba’s Hospital in Thomastown were entertained outdoors by staff and special guests during a recent garden party held.
It was the first event of its kind held at Columba’s since 2019 due to the pandemic and public health restrictions.
St. Columba’s Director of Nursing Jenny Dowling said: “The pandemic, of course, is not over. We have worked through challenging times for us all – staff, residents, both our families and the surrounding community in county Kilkenny – to get to the point of being able to host a fun occasion like this in the grounds.
“We were delighted to get the Covid-19 vaccination of residents and staff at Columba’s under way in January and as the year went on we were looking forward to an afternoon like this. Entertainment from local musicians that have supported us over the last few years, a tug of war between staff teams and a ‘sponging in the stocks’ featured amongst the enjoyment.
“On behalf of all the hardworking staff here, we’d like to extend our thanks to the residents, both of our families and all those who have supported us from around county Kilkenny. We are getting to a better, safer place and hosting the garden party was a small but significant part of that journey.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Staff ‘tug of war’ at the summer garden party on the grounds of St. Columba’s Hospital in Thomastown.