HELPING OTHERS: Student nurse Megan O’Connor returns to Dublin today to work on the frontline. Here she’s pictured with her dad Denis, both are members of the local branch of the Red Cross.


By Michelle Crean

One local woman will be on the frontline today (Saturday) as the dedicated young student nurse will devote her time to her Dublin patients.

Megan O’Connor (22) from Faha, a final year nursing student in Trinity College, is working at Tallaght Hospital for her internship.

Normally stationed in the surgical ward, she will now be helping people as many wards are becoming solely dedicated to COVID-19 patients.

“It’s less than ideal circumstances, as someone who’s just getting started it’s a bit daunting,” Megan told the Killarney Advertiser.

A member of the Kerry branch of the Red Cross since the age of 16, Megan, a trained Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), took two weeks annual leave to help out alongside her kind-hearted father Denis.

“Dad is a driver transporting people around for whatever anybody needs and checking in on vulnerable people locally.”

Although student nurses will now be paid thanks to new measures brought in by the Government on Thursday, she added that once she’s back to work, she won’t see her family for a long time due to fear of spreading the infectious disease.

And she added that personal protective equipment is hard to come by with colleagues having to disinfect and reuse goggles after each patient.

“I’ve never seen anything like this. One silver lining in the whole thing is we see peoples’ kindness, it’s showing the best side of Irish culture.”