l-r: Josie Murphy, Kay O'Driscoll, Nora Riegel, Vera Jackson, chairman Seán Hegarty, Mary Condon, Mary Thorp and former secretary Carol Walsh at Heaphy Grove in Kilworth.

At Heaphy Grove, a happy group of pensioners are laughing and joking: posing for a photo outside one of their houses, the quips fly back and forth. 

Many of the women have lived at Heaphy Grove, Kilworth’s community accommodation for the elderly, for over a decade, including Kay O’Driscoll, who settled here 16 years ago, and Vera Jackson, who moved in 12 years ago. Newcomer Josie Murphy has been a resident for just one and a half years. 

It’s a tight-knit community, where the strong social bonds proved a life-saver during the worst of the Covid-19 crisis. 

“We all look out for each other and you never get lonely,” Mary Thorp says. “During Covid, we sat out the front to chat, or we did each others’ groceries, and got prescriptions for each other.” 

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