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When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in early March, former nurse Helen Behan knew that she couldn’t sit back and watch. Instead, she joined the thousands of people who returned to the health service to help cope with the virus.
The thing that sets the Co Meath woman apart from her colleagues was the fact that during her stint working in the COVID-19 Assessment Unit in Drogheda, she found out that she had been nominated for a best supporting actress gong at both the British Academy Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) and an Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA).
Martin Smith, the ‘flu champion’ at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, was full of praise for the efforts of his colleagues, nearly 92% of whom opted to get the vaccine last winter, earning the hospital a national award.