Wedded Bliss is celebrated at Melmount Manor Care Home

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Melmount-Wedded Bliss - Bernadette O'Neill

The wedding of Miss Bernadette Blee and Mr Thomas O’Neill, affectionately known as Bernie and Tam, took place at 1.00pm on June 6th 2015 at St Patrick’s Church, Dunamanagh.Bernie is one of eleven children, the daughter of Mr and Mrs Seamus Blee.  She was attended by her three sisters and niece with Tam’s brother having the honour of best man. Bernie’s Mum and Dad proudly walked the beautiful bride down the aisle and handed her over to Tam awaiting patiently at the altar.

A few happy tears were shed amongst all the joyful smiles. Two of Bernie’s friends; Lisa and Aine, sang during the beautiful ceremony and her friend and colleague sang Eve Cassidy’s Song Bird as Bernie and Tam signed the register.

Some wonderful photographs were taken outside the church and at a local place of beauty known as Moor Lough.

The wedding party and their 300 hundred guests then moved on to the Fir Trees Hotel in Strabane where a wonderful reception was held, but not before Bernie stopped off at Melmount Manor Care Home to pay a surprise visit to the Foyle Unit where she works as a Care Assistant, to the delight of the residents Bernie cares for. They are still talking about how beautiful she looked.

Bernie has been a Care Assistant at Melmount Manor for 16 years. She is very much loved and respected by the residents, their relatives and by all who work with her.

She is well known for the excellent and compassionate care she gives to our residents and all wish her a long and happy marriage to Tam.

A number of staff were privileged to attend Bernie and Tam’s wedding.  Bernie’s colleagues wish to thank her and new husband Tam, they had a wonderful day.

Congratulations from all at Larchwood Care (NI) Ltd

Larchwood Care (NI) Limited
First Floor

Unit 16 Crescent Industrial Estate
Ballinderry Road

BT28 2GN

Tel: 028 92 669 360

We acknowledge how difficult it has been for you to be separated from your loved one over this challenging period dealing with the pandemic of COVID-19. We hope you have been satisfied with all communication efforts from the Home that has helped between the residents and yourself in the absence of visiting.

From the initial announcement of the Home closing, the main focus has always been the safety of all residents and staff within our care. I do hope you find it comforting to know that all of our Homes have managed extremely well throughout this crisis to date. We are delighted to share with you that out of 370 residents and over 550 staff across 8 Homes, we have had only 3 positive COVID-19 cases, each of whom have thankfully been nursed back to health and are currently doing well. Our staff teams have been superb and continue to demonstrate their dedication and commitment in keeping your loved one protected.

Following the recent announcement by the Health Minister, knowing that the safety of your resident continues to be your upmost priority, this will be the main focus when considering future visiting arrangements. To allow time for these important decisions to be made informatively, virtual visiting remains the preferred option as it provides the greatest protection for residents and staff while keeping footfall to a minimum.

However, if you are unsatisfied with virtual visiting arrangements, we can accommodate outdoor visiting on weekdays only, which will need to be arranged directly through the Home Manager in advance.

The following outdoor visiting conditions will apply:

  • The resident or you, the next of kin, must nominate two named visitors.
  • A maximum of 2 visitors per resident will be permitted at each visit.
  • Only 1 visit per resident per week will be accommodated.
  • Visitors will be required to provide their own face covering which is mandatory.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or feeling unwell in any way the visit should not take place.
  • A maximum 20 minute visiting period will be allocated.
  • No children will be permitted.
  • Social distancing principles of 2 metres must be observed at all times.


As an increase in the “R – factor” has been recently reported and further lockdowns have been reinstated in some areas, we are aware that a risk remains to the general public. We remain conscious that complacency could particularly impact residents living in our Care Homes and so we are continuing to monitor the situation and will notify you of any further updates in relation to visiting arrangements.

Finally, I would like to thank you for showing your support, understanding and patience which has been greatly appreciated at this time.

Many thanks as ever for your assistance,

Nuala Green
Managing Director