04 Jul 2022

Kilkenny nurse Jane will be Grand Marshal of London St Patrick's Parade

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Nurse Jane Callaway, from Dungarvan, will be a grand marshal at the London St Patrick's Day Parade

A nurse from Dungarvan in Kilkenny will walk alongside the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as Grand Marshal of the London St Patrick’s Day Parade.

Jane Callaway is the Lead Nurse for Infection Prevention and Control at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust hospital, in the heart of London. She has been chosen to represent the NHS alongside other frontline workers, to thank them for their dedication and sacrifice that support their community through the Covid pandemic.

Jane left Kilkenny to train as a nurse and has been living in London in 1998. She is now married to Chris and they have two little girls - Ella (10) and Robyn (six).

The London parade will take place this Sunday, on March 13, and Jane says it’s something her daughters will remember. She says it’s quite an honour to have been chosen. Jane was nominated by the Director of Nursing in Chelsea and Westminster and the news came to her as a total surprise. She’s still in a bit of disbelief.

Jane took on the role of Lead Nurse for Infection Prevention and Control in 2019. She had no idea what was coming in 2020. Covid brought a very busy time for Jane and all in the NHS and frontline services.

Living in London in that time, and being one of the few still commuting to work, meant Jane walked empty streets and described the Tube as ‘eerie’. While all restrictions are now relaxed in the community in the UK there are still precautions in healthcare settings, keeping Jane busy. Covid also meant that Jane and her family were not able to travel home to Ireland much.

In Dungarvan, Jane’s mother Statia Wall is very proud of her daughter. “I’m delighted for her,” Statia told the Kilkenny People. When Jane graduated from the Presentation Secondary School she went straight to London to train.

Statia was looking forward to having Jane and her family in Kilkenny last Christmas, but a positive Covid test stopped that. Now, Stella is looking forward to having Jane home with her siblings Graham, Julie and Laura, to celebrate her father Michael’s 70th birthday, in April. Michael is well known and works in Templetuohy Farm Machinery in Callan.

Saturday’s London parade will also honour the police, fire service, paramedics, shop workers, transport workers, teachers and psychotherapists who supported London through the pandemic.
The Garda Band will take part in proceedings.

Read more about the London St Patrick's Day Festival HERE on the website of the London Mayor.

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