A LETTER sent by Dr Tony Holohan to a child in Dublin at the height of the coronavirus pandemic has been melting hearts across Ireland.
Dr. Holohan stepped down as Chief Medical Officer this week to take care of his wife Emer, who has terminal cancer.
A stoic presence over the past few months, people throughout Ireland have been quick to praise Dr. Holohan for his hard work during this testing time.
An example of the care he provided countless millions came courtesy of Niamh Slack, who took to Twitter to share a letter the outgoing Chief Medical Officer sent her young daughter.
The letter was posted back in May, at the height of the pandemic and provides a snapshot of the kind of man and leader Dr. Holohan has been during this pandemic.
"In the middle of everything, when things were at their worst, you took the time to write to our little girl,” Niamh wrote in the Tweet, adding, “Thank you Tony."
— Niamh Slack (@NiamhCorrimbla) July 2, 2020
The letter written by Dr Holohan begins: "Dear Lydia.
"I was very happy to get your letter, thank you for writing to me.
"I'm very happy you are washing your hands and doing social distancing, that's the best way to make the virus go away.
"I like gardening though I don't get a lot of time now to do any so I'm glad to hear you are busy in your garden.
"Sunflowers grow really big and have lots of seeds so there are lots to send to people so thank you for sharing some with me - you cheered me up.
"Look after yourself and mind your brothers Daniel and Cillian, I know you are the best big sister. Don't forget to do what mammy and daddy tell you and practice your drawing and reading."
One of many letters sent to young people across Ireland by Dr. Holohan, the tweet has already been shared thousands of times with followers quick to thank the outgoing CMO for all his help while wishing him the very best for the future.