Garden party at New Haughton Hospital

Photos show residents, their visitors and staff enjoying the recently held annual Summer Garden Party event at the New Haughton Hospital, New Ross, Co. Wexford.

Residents, their visiting family members and HSE/South East Community Healthcare staff recently enjoyed an autumn garden party on the grounds of New Haughton Hospital, New Ross.

The event, which took place in a Marquee hired for the occasion, marked the resumption of one of the annual highlights in the Co. Wexford residential care centre that had been curtailed in recent years due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

It was eagerly awaited by the residents, their family and friends and staff members alike. Musical entertainment figured on the day from Phil and Conor, with dancing by Lorraine and Seán. There was lots of singing, games, food and fun had by all.

A treat (especially for residents and staff of communities such as Tullogher/Rosbercon, Glenmore and The Rower/Inistioge that are in New Ross and the New Haughton’s hinterland) arrived in the form of Denis “Rackard” Cody with trophies currently held by the Kilkenny hurlers – particularly the Bob O’ Keeffe Cup as reigning Leinster senior hurling champions.

It was also an opportunity to reflect on recent developments at New Haughton, including the recently completed resurfacing of its car park and environs, external and internal repainting and the wonderful work with residents done by the Activities team – including pieces created by resident artist Bosco Greene, including on his motorcycle replica and COVID-19 memorial lectern tree.

Speaking at the Garden Party, Margaret Nowlan O’ Neill (Director of Nursing New Haughton Hospital, New Ross) said:

“There have been tough times for everyone over the last two and a half years and we look forward to better days ahead. We are very appreciative of the great support we get at the New Haughton from the community in New Ross and its environs in counties Wexford, South Kilkenny and some of Carlow. The annual Garden Party is an important fixture in the life of a residential care centre and we were delighted to resume with this year’s most enjoyable event.”


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