A great night was had by all who attended the last St. Luke’s Hospital Ball last Friday night at the Hotel Minella, Clonmel. The event was held as part of a number of events to acknowledge the closure of St. Luke’s Hospital in Clonmel which opened in 1835.
A large crowd attended and there was much nostalgia as the event was well supported by people with close associations with the hospital from the past and present. Mr. John Duane chairman of the organising committee thanked all present and spoke of the long history of the ball going back to the early part of the last century. Archive material including newspaper articles and photographs from the past were on display which were a source of many conversations on the night.
Mr. Duane paid tribute to the Friary church for their contribution to St. Luke’s Hospital over many years giving spiritual and human support to the sick and dying in the hospital.
Councillor Gabrielle Egan Deputy Mayor of Clonmel addressed the attendance and thanked the staff of St. Luke’s, She also referred to her own family links with the hospital. A wonderful poem ( The St. Luke’s Legacy) was read by it’s author Mr. John Fitzgerald which everyone agreed captured both the poignancy and yet the humour of life in St. Luke’s hospital for both staff and patients.
The organising committee were thanked individually (Joe Cunningham, Ray Prendergast, Ann Lonergan, Ann Condon, Ann O Meara and Kathleen Burke) for their efforts in putting together what everyone agreed was a great night. Following this there was dancing to the sound of the Pearly Whites and singing until the late hours.