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MBE award for Ludden nurse 09.01.08

A LUDDEN woman is getting set to rub shoulders with a host of celebrities after she was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list.
Retired nurse Bridie McLaughlin was the only person from the Republic of Ireland to be named in this year's British Honours List and speaking to the Inishowen Independent during the week said she was delighted to have received such an honour. “I was really delighted when I heard, it was a bit of a shock I really never expected anything like this,” she said.
Bridie retired from her position at Altnagelvin Hospital in June where she specialised in Acute Medical Nursing and since then has been getting used to retirement. “When you are used to working long hours it takes a bit of getting used to but I am enjoying it,” said Bridie. The local woman says she thinks she was nominated for the award by senior members of the medical staff at Altnagelvin and says she thinks it is great that the nursing profession has been recognised in such a fashion. “It is nice that an award like this has been given to a nurse, in recognition of all the hard work we do.” Having been notified by post of her Bridie McLaughlin.
award, Bridie says she is now looking forward to the trip to London for the ceremony, but added that as yet she is unsure when that will happen.
“The ceremony will take place sometime in the next few months, but I will get six weeks notice,” she said.
She can also take three people with her on the day but wasn’t giving away just yet who they might be.
Whoever gets to go could be rubbing shoulders with some top class celebrities with others named on the list this year including Kylie Minogue, Jasper Conran and Des Lynam, all of whom are to get an OBE, Julie Walters (CBE) and Michael Parkinson, who received a knighthood. Story: Inishowen Independent
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