St Luke’s nurse announced as October winner of Lord Mayor’s Award

by Dublin Gazette
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A nurse working in St Luke’s Hospital has been announced as the winner of the Lord Mayor’s Award for the month of October, after being selected by Lord Mayor Hazel Chu for the prize.

Trish Donegan was selected for the award, after being nominated by the daughter of a patient in the St James Transitional Care Unit, based at St Luke’s Hospital in Rathgar.

Maire O’Kelly nominated Trish for the award after the kindness and care Trish showed to her mother following the news of her husband’s passing

“My 95 year old Mam was in the unit and got Covid-19,” said Maire. “I had to FaceTime Mam to tell her that Dad had passed away. Trish made sure she was with Mam and looked after her on the day of his funeral.

“They watched a live stream of the funeral together on Trish’s iPhone and Trish made sure Mam was dressed and had her hair done as if she was physically at the service. She never left her side the whole day.

“We will never be able to thank her for the love and care she gave Mam on the saddest day of her life after nearly 70 years of marriage, when we couldn’t be there for her.”

Pictured is Lord Mayor Awards recipient Trish Donegan. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Speaking on her selection of Trish for October’s award, Lord Mayor Hazel Chu said that it was a really tough choice, but that Trish is ‘a testament’ to the frontline workers of Dublin during the pandemic.

“It was a really tough choice with some incredible people showing kindness, resilience and putting the elderly first,” said the Lord Mayor.

“Trish, through her everyday actions and in particular how she cared for elderly Covid patients, is a testament to the incredible work done by frontline workers in the area.”

As winner of the award for October, Trish received a piece of specially-commissioned sculpture and a gift voucher worth €1,000.

“I am overwhelmed,” said Trish.

“It’s very unusual for me to win anything, normally I couldn’t win an argument! Maire told me a few weeks ago that she was nominating me and I said there was absolutely no need but she said please let us do this. Really I was just doing my job. I don’t feel I went above and beyond. But I have to say I’m delighted and my Mam is over the moon. I don’t have anything with my name on it so it’s great. I have the award on a shelf in my sitting room already.”

The piece of sculpture commissioned for the Lord Mayor’s Awards is called ‘Harecules’ and was made by sculptor Stephanie Hess. The hare symbolises strength in Celtic mythology.

“I feel enormously honoured to have been commissioned to create 7 bespoke bronze sculptures which will be presented to the recipients whose extraordinary efforts in this extraordinary time have made a real difference in the lives of their fellow citizens,” said Stephanie.

“I wanted to portray the balancing act achieved by our frontline workers in a joyful way. The hares playfully represent the support & strength needed to juggle the elements of care, work and family, as well as embodying the sense of community and celebration.”

The Lord Mayor’s Awards, which usually take place annually, are taking place monthly this year to honour and thank those who have worked tirelessly for us on the frontline in this pandemic.

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