Kathleen: still dancing at 105!

It was a wonderful sight to see as Kathleen Murray enjoyed a dance with Clinical Nurse Manager Tim Stephens as she celebrated her 105th birthday at a party in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Roscommon, on Tuesday last. A native of Crannagh, Summerhill, Athlone, Kathleen was born on November 6th 1902, one of five children born to Mary and Jack Murray. She grew up in a farming family and after school trained as a cook. She went on to work in McNeill’s in Athlone and also in Nayler’s Chemist in Athlone before going to work as a priest’s housekeeper, a position she held for many years until her retirement over 40 years ago. Kathleen enjoys excellent health health, a remarkable achievement for a woman who smoked all her life, and she is not on any medication. Family and staff members at the Sacred Heart Hospital joined in the celebrations on Tuesday afternoon, among them her nieces Bridget Geoghegan from Thurles and Theresa Kennedy from Ballinasloe, as well as nephew Thomas Mitchell from Shannonbridge and grandnephew Oliver Geoghegan from Thurles. Staff present for the celebrations included Director of Nursing Julie Silke Daly, Elizabeth Fannon, Staff Nurse, Tim Stephens, Clinic Nurse Manager, Ann Dunne, Care Assistant and Rita Hoare, Care Assistant.