|With Norah Casey, my new Twitter friend!|
|Some of the Waterford Branch Delegates|
|Essene, Grainne and me, PHN reps from Waterford|
|Waterford's Claire Mahon speaking to a motion|
|Handover of the Presidential Chain of Office|
Ending on a lighter note, the highlight of the conference for the Waterford Branch (of which I was a delegate) was surely the election of our Chairperson Claire Mahon as President of the INMO for the next 2 years. Claire has been on the INMO Executive for the past few years and it was terrific that she was elected. We wish her every success in raising the profile of nursing and the profession at large in her term of office. We partied well into the night on each night, as is our wont at such gigs, and even though I missed the Gala Ball on the Friday night, having come home early for a weekend away (more of which anon) I enjoyed the two nights I spent in Killarney. We came second in the opening night's Table Quiz which raised 2000 Euro for the Kerry Rape Crisis Centre, and were beaten by a mere point. That event has become a conference fixture and is very enjoyable, with the inimitable Dave Hughes as Quizmaster who brooks no challenge - the only right answer is his one! Dinner and awards the second night was followed by dancing the night away, the only exercise we got, as the days were full on. The weather was awful, dull and wet, and only on the final day did the sun come out, making for a lovely 2 hour journey home that evening.
Next day we headed for The Burren in Co. Clare for a reunion and walk with a number of old friends - the next blogpost will tell all!
|The Gleneagle Hotel and Conference Centre, Killarney|