Gallery: Former work colleagues and friends make sure Anne has a rip-roaring retirement party
Published 22/01/2014 | 05:20
On Friday night we headed for a retirement party in the Lisdoo for Anne Rogers from Avenue Road who was hanging up the thermometer, bedpan and rubber gloves after 17 years working as a nurse in the St. Olivers Nursing Home.
Anne was accompanied by husband Michael and kids Aaron, Damien, Eve and Hannah and a huge collection of workmates.
I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with Margaret Culbert from Lisdoo and Paula Long from Glenwood who told me they'd worked with Anne for 16 years and said she was a really lively lady, the life and soul of the party and they were delighted to be there to give her a good send off.
They were sitting with Anne Hagan from Lis na Ri who said she had worked with her for years and they were going to give her a night she wouldn't forget for a long time to come.
Making my way over another table I got a word with Lea Hennessy from Blackrock who was there on the night with Mary Carroll from Forkhill who told me they too are ex-colleagues of Anne's and said she is a lovely woman, great to work with, full of fun and she will be missed.
Next, I managed a few words with Sarah McCloskey from Inniskeen who said she'd worked with Anne for nearly ten years and was sitting with Karen Kirke from Faughart and they were both definitely looking forward to a good night with 'the lady in red'.
After this I headed over for a quick word with Nuala Murphy from Avondale Park, Raymond Marmion from College Court and Dyna Garcia from Langfield who told me Anne will definitely be remembered for her sense of fun.
Making my way through the crowds I got talking to Phil McConnell from Manydown Close who told me she worked with Anne for ages, she was a very fair person to work with and was delighted to be there.
After this I caught up with Marie McBennett from Castleblaney and Regina Dunne from Riverside Drive who told me that Marie was Anne's Ward Sister that Anne was a hard worker and always fun to be with.
I then caught up with Annmarie Marmion from Kilcurry who told me she was there to honour Anne but also wanted to be next door because her daughter Arlene was one of the dancers taking part in the Roche Emmets and Kilcurry NS Strictly night. She concluded by saying that Anne had a great passion for her work.
Not too long later I got talking to Ita McEnaney from Carrickmacross who told me they'd all be sad to see her go because she was definitely the life and soul of the party.
She was joined by Annmarie Conroy from Belfry Avenue who told me that Anne had taken her under her wing 17 years ago and always looked after her. She too would be sad to see her go.
Making my way over to another table, I met up with Keelin and Cindy McGauley from Finnabar Crescent who were with Mary Clarke from Aghameen Park who told me that Anne would be a big loss to the work staff because she was 'just brilliant to work with'.
Finally, before I departed I met up with Gerry Broderick from Bay Estate, Saji from Racecourse Road and Gillian Rice from 'the posh house' in Jenkinstown who told me Anne is a lovely lady, totally unique and would be misses by all her workmates and friends.