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30/07/2021

Children send virtual hugs to residents of Limerick nursing home

Children send virtual hugs to residents of Limerick nursing home

Kind-hearted Oola NS pupils show off their virtual hugs – inspired by Adam King on The Late Late Toy Show – for St Anthony’s Nursing Home residents in Pallsagreen

A LITTLE boy who dreams of space travel captured the nation’s hearts on The Late Late Toy Show with his virtual hug.

Oola and Pallasgreen may not be in a galaxy far far away from Cork’s Adam King but his lovely idea has landed there.

Oola NS boys and girls created and sent virtual hugs to the residents of St Anthony’s Nursing Home in Pallasgreen. The school shared photos on Twitter. Adam saw them and said they were “really good hugs - The residents of St Anthony's are very lucky to receive them,” he added.

Sean Fennessy, director of nursing, agreed wholeheartedly.

“Thank you to Mr Guiney (principal) and his students in Oola NS for taking the time to send us virtual hugs. It brought great joy and smiles to everyone, both residents and staff.

“There was a hug for everyone and as you can see from the photos there was great interest in this surprise. We are blown away and humbled by the support and best wishes being shared with us from so many different groups and schools,” said Sean.

The photos capture the joy as the virtual hugs are delivered by an Elf - Niamh O'Donovan, Kilteely – and Mrs Clause, Amy Moore.

Sean said they have a few very special Oola ladies living with them and one of the pupils, Molly O'Brien sent personalised virtual hugs to them.

“We know Molly very well here and we look forward to having her back entertaining us again in the near future,” said Sean, who thanked each and every one of his colleagues and their families at home for “helping to keep our residents happy, healthy and safe”.

“Frontline workers everywhere are making personal sacrifices every day to reduce the risk of cross infection in hospitals and nursing homes. All departments are working so diligently since early March and hopefully now an end to this is in sight,” said Sean. 

After their vaccination day on January 21 hopefully it won’t be too long before virtual hugs become real ones.

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