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ENAGHAN NURSE RETIRES: Margaret Wilson(Nee Kiernan), daughter of John and Kathleen Kiernan, Enaghan, has retired after an eventful and innovative role in Mental Health Nursing, in the Dublin South West Services, centred around St. Loman’s Hospital, Palmerstown, Dublin 24. Margaret attended The Latin School Moyne, and was so bright, that the Late Fr. Phillip McGee, Principle, wanted her to repeat her Leaving Certificate and to do Medicine. However Margaret applied for Nursing Training in St. Patrick’s Hospital, St. James Street, Dublin. However at just 17 years, she was very upset when her call to duty caused her to miss The Carnival In Drumlish in 1974. While living in the Nurse’s Home, she met Catherine Carroll from Roscommon, who became a life-long friend and worked with her right up to the end. Margaret who married her husband Gerard in 1980, took Maternity Leave in 1982 and returned to duty in St. Brendan’s Hosp. Dublin, in 1987. In 1988 St. Brendan’s started closing down and Margaret, Catherine and myself, amoung others moved to St. Lomans, Palmerstown, along with a group of patients. Then St. Loman’s started to close down,(we always seemed to be closing places down where ever we went). In 1999 the new Psychiatric Admissions Units opened in Tallaght General Hosp. and Margaret was promoted to the Post of Acting Clinical Nurse Manager 2. There she saw the decrease in the stigma for those suffering from Mental Health problems. In 2001 Margaret was appointed Clinical Nurse Manager 2 and transferred to the hub of Rehabilitation in Ballydowd House, Lucan. There she worked at the cutting edge of the modern Mental Health Services, setting up an Assertive Outreach Team, aimed at keeping clients out of Hospital by treating them in their homes. Margaret later returned to Tallaght Hosp. as Acting Matron on Nights for one year, before taking a career break to New Zealand in 2004 for one year. Two of her family remained there; Stephen who is a Professional Jockey currently in Australia and Lyndsey, who has a Master’s Degree in Law and has married an Australian last July. In 2005 Margaret returned as Clinical Nurse Manager to St. Collumba’s Hostel, Crumlin in Dublin, which was to be her last and longterm Posting. Her main mission was to make life better for the residents in the community. She fulfilled this aim with great aplomb and had great success in winning the, Centre Of Excellence Award for Arts and a prize of 5000 euros, which was spent on holidays and comforts for the residents. After six years there Margaret was involved in planning the design for a new modern facility for the Residents in Ballyfermot, Dublin. In a strange coincidence, the recent severe weather conditions caused flooding and made St. Columba’s uninhabitable and the residents had to be evacuated rapidly to St. Loman’s. Finishing, it was great that in her final few hours, her last act was to plan the transfer of her clients to the new facility. Margaret, who is very quiet spoken and a great leader and organiser will be remembered for her kindness and understanding for those in her care and her colleagues and was fondly referred to as “Mammy”. From here on in Margaret, who has two other children Joseph and Aelish and grandchildren, will be spending more time with her family in Longford. She also hopes to take her special brother Pauraic to The Hooley In The Sun, with Declan Nerney. Of course, now that her work is done, she will finally make it to The Carnival In Drumlish.
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