SrClairO’Leary­did­so­much­toin­spirea gen­er­a­tionof­won­der­ful­lo­cal­nurses

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

SIS­TER Clair was born An­nie Clair in Cork in 1928 and joined MMM in 1951.

Af­ter train­ing as a nurse-mid­wife she was as­signed to Nige­ria in 1958. She re­turned to Ire­land in 1961 to train as a nurs­ing tu­tor and then taught nurs­ing in Nige­ria for 3 more years.

She be­came a se­nior nurse tu­tor and in 1970 was as­signed as prin­ci­pal in the IMTH School of Nurs­ing. She spent a fur­ther 7 years in Nige­ria, as prin­ci­pal of the nurs­ing school in Afikpo and then as ma­tron.

In 1982 Clair was as­signed to Chicago, where she did mis­sion aware­ness work and fundrais­ing for 3 years.

This was fol­lowed by 7 years in Tan­za­nia, first as a hos­pi­tal ma­tron and then as an in-ser­vice trainer for se­nior nurs­ing per­son­nel.

Af­ter an­other year do­ing mis­sion aware­ness work in the USA, she re­turned to Ire­land in 1992. She was chair­per­son of the Aras Mhuire Board of Man­age­ment and also served in MMM lead­er­ship.

In 1995, Sr. Clair was as­signed to Eng­land where she was in­volved in a num­ber of roles, in­clud­ing man­ager of an in­ter­na­tional stu­dents’ hos­tel for 5 years.

She was as­signed to the MMM Mother­house in 2003, where she helped with gen­eral du­ties.

Sr. Clair moved to Aras Mhuire in Oc­to­ber 2017 for nurs­ing care and died there peace­fully on 21 Jan­uary 2018.

A story from De­cem­ber 1970 prob­a­bly summed up her role in Drogheda at that time.

‘When stu­dent nurses from the In­ter­na­tional Mis­sion­ary Train­ing Hos­pi­tal sat re­cently in Drogheda for the Pre­lim­i­nary and Fi­nal State Nurs­ing ex­am­i­na­tions, the ex­am­i­na­tion hall was like a mini league of na­tions.

Ir­ish girls sat side by side with Dutch girls, Bri­tons, Nige­ri­ans, Kenyans and other Africans. And ev­ery sin­gle one of the 50 stu­dents passed with fly­ing colours.

There were 26 girls sit­ting for the pre­lim­i­nary tests, and 24 do­ing their fi­nals. Many re­li­gious or­ders were rep­re­sented in the group­ing.

This 100 per cent suc­cess is due mainly to the tire­less ef­forts of se­nior tu­tor, Sr. Claire O’Leary and ma­tron, Sr, El­iz­a­beth Doo­ley.

For the past cou­ple of years the I.M.T.H. has been achiev­ing 100 per cent suc­cesses in these State ex­am­i­na­tions.’

The late Sr Clair O’Leary

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