Love story as Rose of Tralee visits Moorehall Lodge Drogheda
- June 1, 2016
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Moorehall Living
Residents of Moorehall Lodge Drogheda had a lovely surprise last week when Rose of Tralee Elysha Brennan paid them a visit to honour a real-life love story.
Drogheda engineer Christy Flanagan had a life-long love of the Rose of Tralee festival and the song figured largely in his daily life in Rosnaree House in Moorehall Lodge.
Sadly, Christy passed away earlier in the year, but with Bettystown local Elysha Brennan as this year’s Rose, Sean Leavy from Moorehall Lodge came up with the idea of organizing a visit in his memory.
“Sean suggested that it would be a great idea to honour Christy in this way, so I contacted the Rose organisers and put a visit into action,” said Mary Rose Halpin, Care Manager at Moorehall Lodge Drogheda – another Rose devotee.
“Christy used to have the words of the song on his special chair, and staff members sang it to him at every opportunity, if he wasn’t singing it himself.
“He was always passionate about his work as an engineer, his wife and family, and about the Rose of Tralee.”
Elysha’s visit was made more poignant when she met Christy’s wife May, also a resident at Moorehall Lodge, and his granddaughter Siobhan Eustace, who works in administration at the nursing home.
She also met and congratulated Moorehall Lodge resident Nora McNamee, originally from Fermoy, who celebrated her 100th birthday at the weekend.
“I’m really blown away by Moorehall Lodge. It’s only down the road from me and I haven’t had the opportunity to come in before, but I’m very glad I did,” said Elysha, a medical student at RCSI.
“I loved hearing the background and about the family environment ethos. I think it is so forward thinking that it should be used as a model of how care should be.
“All the residents that I met today were so happy, so upbeat and so comfortable.
“As a resident you really want to feel that you are at home, you are safe and you are in a loving environment, and you can definitely feel that here.”
The Rose was serenaded with an amazing version of her anthem by Etta Duffy, who was a member of the choir in St Mary’s Church for many years and attends choir practice on a weekly basis in Moorehall Lodge.
And not to be outdone, when Elysha went upstairs, Gonzie Marry did Millmount House proud with her own version, while Paddy Levins achieved a long-held ambition to meet the Rose of Tralee.
“Elysha is a true ambassador for the Rose of Tralee – she spoke to every resident, and took the time to really appreciate what Moorehall Lodge Drogheda is all about,” said Caroline Day, Director of Care.