November 14, 2005

Irish nursing home keeps spirits up with own pub

DUBLIN (Reuters) - A nursing home in Ireland has hit on a
cheering way to keep up the spirits of its elderly patients --
by providing its own pub.

St Mary's Hospital in County Monaghan, near the Irish
border with Northern Ireland, believes ready access to a good
pint may help its patients -- average age 85 -- actually live

"We would say the whole social aspect of life does extend
the years -- it means the patients aren't bored to death," Rose
Mooney, assistant director of nursing told Reuters.

The pub, which opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. and
charges normal bar prices, had also led to an increase in the
number of visitors, she said.

Having its own bar made the hospital, which has around 140
patients, unique in Ireland, she added.