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Thursday 27 June 2019

Celebrations at Hospital Ball

At the Friends of Wexford General Hospital black tie ball in Clayton White's Hotel on Saturday night were Back: Richard Mahony, John Monahan, Gina Monahan, Seamus Mahony and Paul Bryan. Front: Carmel Monahan, Stephanie Bryan, Margie Londra, Majella Londra, Geraldine Mahony and Liz Mahony
At the Friends of Wexford General Hospital black tie ball in Clayton White's Hotel on Saturday night were Back: Richard Mahony, John Monahan, Gina Monahan, Seamus Mahony and Paul Bryan. Front: Carmel Monahan, Stephanie Bryan, Margie Londra, Majella Londra, Geraldine Mahony and Liz Mahony
Pat Hackett, Dave Byrnes, Emer Ward, Patricia Hackett, Lily Byrnes, Eleanor Carpenter, Patricia Stack and Brian O'Driscoll.
John Shortle, Aisling Byrne, Stephanie Murray and Eleanor Carpenter .
Denise Dunne, Mary Fitzgerald, Caroline Harding Kenny, Janice Stephenson, Mairead Ryan, Edel O'Gorman and Margaret Comer all from Outpatients
Organisers of the event with Cllr Tony Dempsey, Mayor of Wexford, from left: Brian McGrath, Roisin Ffrench, Gina Monahan, Lily Byrnes, Ciaran Sheridan, Cllr Tony Dempsey, Eleanor Carpenter and Peter Murphy

Anna Hayes

Over 150 people enjoyed this year's Hospital Ball which had an added element of celebration given that the MRI Now fundraising target had already been reached.

The Hospital Ball was set up on a three-year basis, in conjunction with the Friends of Wexford General Hospital, Wexford General Hospital and the Hospital Ball committee, made up of Brian McGrath, Gina Monaghan, Roisin Ffrench, and Peter Murphy.

Mr McGrath explained that over the past three years, 800 people had attended and enjoyed the Hospital Ball and, in doing so, had contributed greatly to the MRI Now campaign. He explained that the hospital staff had also held a fashion show and a Split the Pot event in-house and had raised further funds through that. In total, hospital staff had contributed over €40,000 to the MRI Now campaign.

Mr McGrath added that the Hospital Ball in 2016 had been the first big event to kick-start the fundraising campaign and they were the last event in what had been a remarkable journey.

'We had pre-sold quite a lot of tickets so we knew what we'd be handing over to the Friends of Wexford General Hospital and they told us that it would push them up to the target.'

Speakers on the night included hospital general manager Lily Byrnes, chairman of the Friends of Wexford General Hospital Ciaran Sheridan, and consultant radiologist Dr Tadhg Gleeson, all of whom expressed their thanks to everyone who had supported the event over the years.

Mr McGrath paid tribute to all of their sponsors including their corporate sponsors Wexford County Council, who were represented by the council cathaoirleach, the Mayor, and the chairpersons of the three municipal district councils.

He also thanked Clayton White's Hotel for their hospitality and all of the local businesses who'd supported the event through advertising and providing spot prizes.

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