Ardee man Sean Leavy was among the staff members from Ardee and Drogheda honoured by Moorehall Living at their annual Staff Appreciation Night which took place on Friday January 24 at Bellingham Castle, with Founder Michael McCoy paying tribute to his “passionate” and “special” staff.
Leavy, who has worked in the Moorehall Living maintenance department across their homes in Ardee and Drogheda for the last eight years, was described as ‘having a flair for caring, consistently involving residents in his working life, and demonstrating a natural affinity with the entire Moorehall Living community.’
“Sean’s interactions with residents and his overall approach embody the spirit and essence of Moorehall Living,” said McCoy. Sean himself admitted the award, which he received from the company’s HR Lead Patricia McHugh, was the first thing he had ever won.
Up to 200 staff members, retired colleagues and board members from Moorehall Living who work across Moorehall Lodge Drogheda, Moorehall Lodge Ardee, Moorehall Retirement Village and My Life by Moorehall Living attended the event and they all enjoyed the chance to pay tribute to all of the hard work put in across the last 12 months in providing a top class service for those in the care of Moorehall Living.
“Our staff appreciation night is one of the highlights of the year for us. We come together to say thank you to our staff who are at the very heart of our award-winning care,” Michael McCoy said.
“We are all very passionate about our work and are very proud of the unique and warm care environment we have created where people really flourish. We are proud that both our residents and staff think of Moorehall Living as home, and our whole team are embodiments of that ethos.
“With around 300 staff members, Moorehall Living is a large contributor to the economic life of Drogheda, Ardee and Mid-Louth, but what makes our care special is the love that our staff have for each other and the people that they care for,” he added.
As well as Sean’s Special Recognition Award, four staff members – Frances Byrne, Evelyn Clerkin, Niamh McGuiness and Breege Conlon – were all recognised for 20 years of service with Moorehall Living.
Meanwhile, ten-year recognitions were awarded to Olivia Mathews, Phyllis Diamond, Geraldine Clinton, Joanne Weldon, Patricia Callan, Sharon Farrell, Marie Lynch, Bernie Martin, Julie Seberry, Caitriona Lynch, Jackie Edwards, and Olivia Kindlon.
15-year service awards were given to Selina Daly, Joanne Carroll and Patricia Boylan.
One member of staff from each service were also awarded a Most Supportive Colleague award. There was huge applause as Jackie Edwards from Moorehall Lodge Ardee, Theresa Giggins from My Life by Moorehall Living, and Kamila Pruszkowska from Moorehall Lodge Drogheda all took the plaudits for their efforts in 2019.
The My Life team at No. 6, The Village took the John McCoy Team of The Year perpetual trophy for their personalised approach to high-end care. This was demonstrated to all those in attendance through a fantastic video detailing a day in the life of one of their residents.
The Setanta Cois Abhainn team at Moorehall Lodge Ardee and the Oldbridge House team from Moorehall Lodge Drogheda all received accolades for team of the year in their service.
Kate Burns, a carer at Moorehall Lodge Ardee, was the winner of Ola’s Prize – an educational bursary named in honour of Ola Noga, an inspirational colleague who passed away four years ago, but whose legacy endures at Moorehall Living.