A NURSERY nurse at Crumlin Children’s Hospital has won the Lord Mayor’s hero award for the month of February.
Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu chose Marie Stears for her dedication to her work at the hospital where she has been based for 37 years.
As winner of the coveted award, Marie received a piece of specially-commissioned sculpture and a gift voucher worth €1,000 from Dublin City Council.
She said: “I’m absolutely dumbstruck to get this award. I just feel so thrilled and humbled. We have so many brilliant people here and really they deserve this a lot more than me.
“I always try to keep a smile on my face because there’s parents and children coming in and they’re nervous, so I try to be as cheerful as possible and make it a happy place for them.
“I love the sculpture, it’s absolutely beautiful, I have it on the mantlepiece already.”
Marie was nominated for the award by her colleague Geraldine de Búrca.
Geraldine revealed: “I’ve known Marie in a nursing capacity for more than 25 years, she has worked in Crumlin Children’s Hospital since forever.
“As a nursery nurse, she has moved from Intensive Care to neonates to the outpatients department over the years, and never once has moaned or complained. She forever has a smile on her face and couldn’t but put you in a good mood.
“Particularly with the challenges of the past year, wearing PPE, she has gone to her job, despite having a very ill father, and an elderly dependant mother.”
The Lord Mayor’s Awards, which usually take place annually, are being held monthly this year to honour and thank those who have worked tirelessly on the frontline.
Cllr Chu said: “This month’s category was hospital medical staff and to be honest we simply don’t have enough awards to celebrate these people.
“I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that every single one of them is a hero. People are at their most vulnerable when they’re in hospital and Marie is a great example of how to treat people of all ages and put them at ease.
It’s amazing what a simple smile can do to keep spirits up.”