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Nursing Homes Week

Nursing Homes Ireland celebrates Nursing Homes Week annually and this year it took place from Monday, 29th May until Sunday June 4th.  This is the 5th year for such a celebration and a range of activities were organised in nursing homes across the country. This brought the nursing home residents, their family and friends, staff and wider communities together to celebrate the work being done in the Nursing Homes.
Mullinahinch House Private Nursing Home participated for the fourth year and Marie and Aiden Murray, together with staff, devised a comprehensive and wide ranging programme for the week. Family members of residents were invited to attend the Sunday activities.
The programme began on Monday, May 29th with a session of storytelling from Paddy Sherlock, and a session of music performed by Shane McGuinness, from St. Macartan’s College. During Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday residents enjoyed a demonstration of Flower Arranging by Philomena Gormley; a lively music session by Martin McCabe; Ceramic creations by Brenda from Buzzy Bee Ceramics, and on Wednesday afternoon the residents were introduced to a whole new culture and tradition when the Indian community displayed their music, song and dance and all dressed in traditional clothing from their own country. Their colourful clothes, the graceful dancing and the harmonious voices captured the attention of all.
The teeth watered on Thursday morning as Zydre demonstrated Cake making and decoration. She produced a special cake for the Residents and had it beautifully decorated. Marie officially cut it on Sunday and all residents enjoyed a slice, or two, for evening tea. Thursday afternoon was taken up by magician, Colin Walker, who always carries out mind-boggling acts and leaves everyone wondering – how did he do that? There was an Arts and Crafts display by Sheila McCluskey on Friday morning followed by Armchair exercises with MA Fitness. Shay Mac (Seamus McGirr) performed a music session in the afternoon and had the toes tapping.
Sunday was the big day and the families and friends of Residents were invited to join in the fun and celebrations. Throughout the afternoon a host of top class singers entertained in the big marquee and they were accompanied by Adrian Wilson, singer and keyboard player. The concert MC was Sean McCaffrey who added his own humour to the situation. John Glenn was a special guest and he soon had them on the floor dancing and singing along with him. The staff assisted those who needed a little help for the dancing and it was terrific to see the joy on faces as they moved about the floor. The other singers who kept the entertainment going included Chrissy O’Hanlon, Ruby O’Hanlon, Brian Harvey, Sam Boyd, Pete Connolly and there was a great response when Patrick Columb sang a song.  The young folk had face painting and took the floor for the dancing too. There was a huge round of applause when Ivy Pollock finished the poem she had written for the occasion and we include that here:
Mullinahinch Nursing Home
This nursing Home with 56 beds is just like home from home,
Where you receive the best of care and you’re never lonely or alone.
It was built by frank Kierans in 2002, opened on 8
th March 2003
And is owned by Aiden Murray and his lovely wife Nurse Marie.
Now Marie McKeown comes from Rockcorry, from a farm up the road from us,
I used to babysit her brothers who as I recall never caused me too much fuss.
Aiden came from Dublin and married this wee dear Marie
He found her up in Monage, beside the forest close to Dartrey.
The McKeown family were the best neighbours we ever had
They stuck by us, farmed together through good times and bad.
We were told by or parents that when our cow died and there was no milk for the calf
Granda McKeowm brought down a cow – they didn’t do anything by half.
Aiden and Marie settled down and built up Mullinahinch, their dream.
And they reared their four children – Aine, Deirdre, Ross and Coleen.
I don’t really know all their family as I have only met their son Ross
But I hear often of the girls from Amy and I know I’m at a loss.
Aiden and Msrie’s aim in life is to provide their residents with best care and attention
To follow Aiden’s parents’ guidelines, whom I’d just like to mention.
They were founder members of Nursing Homes Ireland and owned a Home in Bray
And this is the group responsible for organising your yearly fun day.
Well you all know that Mullinahinch is more like a hotel
Where you are nursed and cared for and loved so much as well.
You can have a manicure, a pedicure have your hair permed or set,
From breakfast through ‘til time for bed your every need is met.
You can have games with Sharon as she puts you through paces
Listen to the radio, watch TV or even see horse races.
My friend Amy damaged her shoulder and had respite in Mullinahinch
And because she like this place so much she’s back to nurse her hinch.
So if ever you feel unwell, or sometimes a bit low
Just tell Marie, she’s a super nurse – you don’t need me to tell you so.
She is very caring and won’t let you have a worry or a frown.
She’ll call in Dr. McGinnity, he’s one of the best in Monaghan Town.
To Aiden and Marie here in Mullinahinch, I want to offer my congratulations
For the best Nursing Home and Staff in this part of the nation.
Aiden and Marie consider you, the residents and staff, as part of one big family
and thank you for your hard work, help and dedication which they appreciate sincerely.

All the while members of Monaghan Vintage Club and Newbliss Vintage Club, which included Benny McCabe, Brian McDonnell, Sean McQuillan, Gerard McQuillan, Niall Greenan, Leo Sharkey, John and Margaret Treanor had demonstrations and displays for all to visit. Indeed some were asked to take a turn at the churning for John and Margaret. Vintage Cars were on display courtesy of Benny McCabe, Sean McQuillan, Desmond Callery and Paddy O’Neill. Vintage tractors were provided by Leo Sharkey, Brian McDonnell and Tom Smyth, who drove all the way from Ballybay to attend.
It was a great day of entertainment and fun and at the end Aiden Murray thanked all who had attended and had participated with their talents. He paid tribute to his staff who had given so much to ensure that the week ran smoothly and enjoyable. The residents showed their appreciation to the staff with a very warm round of applause and smiles all around. A special thank you was extended to the main coordinator of the week’s programme and all that went with it and she was Sharon Gibson.
The week of celebrations came to an end on Monday, June 5th when Dermot McKenna provided the music for a great session to draw a wonderful week to a conclusion.