In search of old friends: Cappagh 1962

We’ve been contacted by a polio survivor living in the UK, but who grew up in Ireland and spent two years in Cappagh Hospital from 1960 – 1962.

Cappagh 1960-1962

Ben (or Benny) Shine is ‘looking for old inmates of St Mary’s Ward, Cappagh Hospital…1960-1962’.

From memory, the lads in the group photo are named John Looney, John Fraser, (himself) Benny Shine, Kevin McKenna and possibly a Gerry ?

If you recognise this blast from the past and want to reconnect, let us know, contact Emma at and she will put you in touch with Ben.

Do you have any trips down memory lane you’d like to share, or any old friends you wish you could talk to again? A good way to stay sane is to stay connected – lockdown doesn’t have to be lonely. Let us know if we can help.