Staff at Ardee Coach Trim based out of their factory in Artnalivery, north of Ardee, are in the process of manufacturing hundreds of sets of medical scrubs for use by health workers in HSE hospitals and clinics and in private settings. They responded to a call on social media for help in manufacturing the special hygienic clothing worn by health workers, as the country works to replenish its supplies of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
In doing so, a GoFundMe page set by the company raised in excess of €11,000 in less than 48 hours – in addition to an anonymous donation ofa further €5,000 to help. The money allowed them to manufacture and supply over 500 sets of scrubs to facilities including Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda by Friday. Those funds raised will allow them to make up to 670 more.
Meanwhile, the HSE have now also ordered more scrubs from Ardee Coach Trim, further extending their unexpected move into the manufacture of PPE clothing. Orders have been made for Cavan General Hospital, University of Limerick Hospital and St Bridget’s, Ardee. Our photographer Kathy Gilroy-Barry paid a visit to the factory on Thursday to see behind-the-scenes at the factory to see how workers are busy doing their but to support frontline health workers. We’ll have a full interview with Ardee Coach Trim’s Domhnall Lennon on LouthNow.ie later on Friday, but below you can see a selection of images. Click/Tap an image to expand and scroll. All rights reserved. No reproduction without permission.
Text by Barry Landy.