Happy to be back in the heart of the town with activities aplenty

By Esther Hayden

Published 07/07/2015 | 00:00

John Sheil relaxing in the grounds of Wygram Nursing Home. Inset: Eileen Underwood.
John Sheil relaxing in the grounds of Wygram Nursing Home. Inset: Eileen Underwood.
Wygram Nursing Home. Eileen Underwood

It's like a home away from a home', said a thoroughly contented Eileen Underwood.

The first lady resident of Wygram Nursing Home the lively Wexford town native can't believe she's back living in the town centre again.

From John Street Eileen is now back living within a stone's throw of her own house. 'I can see my own house from here', she said clearly delighted to be back in the bosom of Wexford. 'I moved here from another nursing home and it's great to be back in the town. 'I don't know myself. They have a bus here which can take my wheelchair and I can go down to my own house and visit. I love it here.

'It's like a home away from home really. It's lovely. The staff are just so lovely and caring too.

Eileen said that with the town centre location her family can visit more and said grandchildren and children regularly drop into her. 'It's just so central here.

'It's really like a five star hotel to be honest. I couldn't but be happy here', she said.

Eileen said she had called to visit the home prior to making her application and got 'a really good feeling here and that made up my mind to move.'

She said that with a wide range of activities on offer at the nursing home there is always something to do. In fact she took time out of a competitive fun filled game of horseshoes to talk to this reporter.

'I like to join in', she said. 'It passes the time and it can be great fun'.

Another benefit for Eileen was the fact that she saw some familiar faces on her arrival. 'It's great because there are people here that I know so it's very familiar as well.'

As first lady resident Eileen has the honour of cutting the official opening ribbon next Friday alongside Minister Brendan Howlin.

She was fulsome in her praise of the children from John's Road School who have already visited the care facility twice. 'I love when the children come to visit. They are so full of life and it puts everyone in good form. I love seeing children around the place.'

Rosslare man John Sheil will celebrate his milestone 65th birthday in Wygram Nursing Home and he couldn't be happier.

'I moved in on June 27 having moved from another nursing home in the county. I love it here because it's so close to home. I found it very easy to settle and nothing is too much trouble for the staff. There's plenty of stuff for us to too and I often play the bingo here. It passes away the time.'

With a son and a daughter living in town John is well aware of the benefits of the town centre location. 'I've six grandchildren here aged from 8 years to 21 years and it is so much easier for them to call into me here. I won't know myself. That's mostly why I moved...to be nearer to my family.'

With a top floor room with a balcony John's room commands breathtaking views of the harbour. 'I can see the whole quay and the bridge. It's fantastic.'

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