Sunday 19 January 2020

Opera at Wygram Nursing Home on magical night of music

Sisters Peg Ellard, Maureen Smith and Joan Carroll at the event
Sisters Peg Ellard, Maureen Smith and Joan Carroll at the event

Pádraig Byrne

While getting out to the National Opera House may have been a step too far for residents of Wygram Nursing Home during the festival, the staff did a great job of bringing some of the magic of the festival to them as they hosted 'A Night at the Opera'.

Some of the residents at Wygram would have been seasoned opera-goers in their day, donning the glad rags and attending whatever musical marvel was taking to the stage. While they may not have been able to attend 'Don Quichotte' or one of the other large scale productions this year, they did get the next best thing as a host of performers arrived to put on one hell of a show.

'We were thinking of different events we could host throughout the year,' said Director of Nursing Ann Marie Carter. 'A lot of our residents in days of old would have gone to the opera, so we thought it would be a great idea to bring the opera to them. We really transformed our dining room and all of our residents got dressed up in the glad-rags as if they were going out to dinner. Then we had family and friends come in and it was a really lovely night.'

Among those taking to the stage were Roisin Dempsey, George Lawlor and Paul Rossiter and everyone at Wygram was extremely grateful to all of the performers for giving up their time.

'This was our first year doing it, but it definitely won't be the last,' said Ann Marie. 'The residents are still talking about it!'

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