Ladies quilting skills to benefit hospital patients

Patients in the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon are set to benefit from the needlework skills of local ladies as a patchwork quilt completed by members of the Castle Quilters group is to be raffled in aid of the patient comfort fund at the Sacred Heart Hospital. Monica Lannon and other members of the group attended a launch of the event on Tuesday morning last at the Sacred Heart Hospital, where they were welcomed by the Director of Nursing Julie Silke-Daly.  Castle Quilters is a group of 14 ladies from Roscommon town who meet every Wednesday night in St. Coman’s Club from 8 pm to 10 pm. The double bed quilt which is to be raffled was constructed by members of the group since the start of the year.  Monica Lannon explained, ‘It was a group effort and a group idea. We make a quilt once a year for charity and have done so for several years. This year we decided we would like to keep it local and will donate the proceeds of the raffle to the Patient Comfort Fund at the Sacred Heart Hospital. The raffle will be held on March 19th in the Sacred Heart Hospital. In the meantime tickets are on sale at reception in the hospital, or from members of the Castle Quilters. Tickets are priced at €2 or three for €5. The quilt will also be on display on Wednesday next in Fleming’s SuperValu in Roscommon and tickets will be available on that date.  It’s a busy time for members of Castle Quilters. ‘A lot of us are members of the Irish Patchwork Society and we go to Galway once a month and we have projects and challenges there that we do for ourselves,’ said Ms. Lannon. Members will also attend a patchwork exhibition in the museum in Galway in April.