It was a privilege, together with CNM AnnaMarie McKenna and her team, to welcome the Conlan and Gannon families, to the official opening of the Donal Hollywood Family Room here at St James’s Hospital Dublin. A small reception was held in the CEO Board Room to mark the occasion.
Both families had each fundraised in memory of their loved ones:
Ciara Conlan, her father Ollie, brother Colm, and Ann in memory of Jackie Conlan.
Sarah Gannon, her mother Valerie, brother Derek and Aunt Linda, in memory of Anthony Gannon.
Huge thanks to both families, their extended family and friends: they each had a vision and acted on it; their amazing fundraising came together to create a space where patients and families can have privacy and dignity in this welcoming room. Ollie Conlan and Sarah Gannon each paid tributes on behalf of their respective families, and Colm Conlan paid tribute with his beautiful and moving rendition of James Taylor’s ‘You’ve Got a Friend’.
Our sincere thanks to everyone who contributed and worked on making this room a reality.