Health service is lacking compassion
I have just returned from a visit to Kilkenny. I had reason , at first hand, while visiting a friend in hospital, to see how lacking in care and compassion the health service there has become. The nursing and medical staff are trying so hard to deliver the care, but it appears the vulnerable in society are forgotten by the bureaucrats in their ivory towers, does the health minister know how bad things are, has he visited these hospitals outside Dublin. He would be aghast, surely by the inhumane treatment, mainly to our elderly day in and day out, I witnessed nurses at burn out, trying to deliver the care. I saw one elderly gentleman sitting in a chair for hours, no dressing gown or blanket, complaining of the cold, to be told they had no spare blankets, an elderly lady had her meal in front of her for 2 hours as she was unable to feed herself. This is scandalous in a civilised country.
The elderly discharged at all hours of the nightto cold homes because their bed is ready for the next patient. Who is overseeing the wellbeing of the patient and for that matter, the staff of these hospitals. I’m so disgusted, as a nurse of 40 years of how bad things have become, in a country that delivered the best nurses to the rest of the world. The Irish nurse has always been revered abroad. I must, at this point, thank all the medical and nursing staff for all their hard work in spite of all the difficulties put in their way. The ambulance men, who returned my friend to his home were wonderful, I would like to thank them for their care and compassion. Our elderly are the backbone of the country - please treat them with the respect they deserve.
Sincerely Frances Pelle RGN via email
Credit where credit is due
During a recent St. Patrick’s Day visit to Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny, I was fortunate to come upon a little restaurant called ‘The Bridge Café’. I didn’t notice a menu at first just a young lady with a beaming smile telling us what was on offer. Another lady who seemed to be the proprietor was equally enthusiastic and was busy turning her hand to everything. Turkey and ham, roast beef, bacon and cabbage, lamb and fish were the order of the day. I had roast lamb and I can tell you this meal would be hard to beat anywhere, home-cooking of the finest with potatoes in their jackets, balls of flour. I finished with ice-cream, fruit and coffee. This beautiful meal was only ten Euros. The people in charge of this café which doesn’t boast airs & graces are a credit to their profession. I will definitely call again.
Adrian Cashin, The Tailor’s House, Kilkenny
Thanks to Barrie
My name is Stephen Carey I live in New York. I am writing to you in order to thank you. My father Jimmy Carey is a proud 86 year old Johnstown man, a devoted Kilkenny supporter and a lover of hurling. We used to go back every summer and went to all the club and county matches we could.
My father met you a few times at Mick Neary’s. He loved to meet people in such a setting and talk hurling. My mother was also steeped in hurling. She was from Whitegate, County Clare. Her nephew won a couple of All-Irelands at wing back (Liam Doyle). My mother passed away a week after the ‘08 All-Ireland and my father has been struggling emotionally ever since. This great Kilkenny team has done wonders for him. Another thing that really keeps him going are the articles you write every week in the People. He has a few friends that come in most evening, one from Graignamanagh and one from Lisdowney. We need not mention the fellow from Tyrone, although he is great company. After they each read the People front to back the next few nights are all spent talking about your article and the memories it brings back. I am often amazed at how much of a tangent they would go off on after the initial conversation starts ‘did you read Barrie this week’. They may start talking about Shem Downey or more recently Nickie Orr and wind up talking about a club match in Freshford or Terry Leahy in 47. Anyway just a word of thanks I hope you know how much joy your writing bring to people here. I hope you continue for a long long time.
Spreading the word
I would like to express my sincere thanks to you for publishing a wonderful article on my Grandfather and myself in Ned Egans column in this weeks edition of the Kilkenny People. I purchased some copies in Clearys in Carrick On Suir to give to friends such as Anne Mooney in Ring and Joan Clancy, widow of Tom.Ned and I slaked our thirst in many a watering hole around Ring, Old parish and Dungarvan as well as around South Kilkenny in years gone by when the world was a gentler place. Once again thank you and congratulations on your great newspaper.