'Hen party' for 100-year-old Cork woman

'Hen party' for 100-year-old Cork woman
St Luke's Home resident, Mary O'Sullivan celebrating her 100th birthday.

A Cork nursing home resident received a special gift for her 100th birthday today —  a "hen party".

Mary O’Sullivan, a resident at St Luke’s Home in Mahon, was centre of attention at a special socially-distanced party to mark her milestone birthday.

While residents' families are usually invited to celebrate with their loved ones, current visiting restrictions meant this was not possible today.

However, the team found a unique way to help Mary feel at home, with one very special guest.

“Mary was born in Riverstick, she had a farming background and she married a farmer and moved to Carrigaline in later years,” explained Sally Rogers, Clinical Nurse Manager at St Luke’s.

“She was involved in farming all of her life, and loved the animals. She is always telling us funny stories about the things that happened on the farm,” she said.

St Luke's Home resident, Mary O'Sullivan celebrating her 100th birthday.
St Luke's Home resident, Mary O'Sullivan celebrating her 100th birthday.

Mary has always been particularly fond of hens, and so with the help of staff member Ursula McGrath, the team at St Luke’s organised to bring a hen to Mary’s party.

“She couldn’t wait when we told her,” Sally said.

While Mary’s family could not physically be there to join in the festivities, Sally says they were able to speak on the phone and staff took plenty of pictures to share with Mary’s five children; Noreen, Barry, Jerry, James and Kevin, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A number of residents and staff helped Mary to celebrate instead and were there as the Cork woman was presented with a letter from the President and her centenarian bounty to mark the occasion.

“Mary is an amazing lady and we wish her all the very best for her 100th birthday,” Sally Rogers said.

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