DAILY COMMUTERS on Matthews Coach Hire services may have noticed the absence of two familiar faces recently. Popular local drivers Michael Quinn and John Casey have become the first two staff members to retire from the company, which was founded in 1995.
The duo were honoured by Managing Directors Paddy and Mary Matthews at a special function at the company's headquarters this week.
A number of presentations were made to both John and Michael, among them a certificate of appreciation from Paddy and Mary, thanking them for being outstanding coach drivers during their time with Matthews.
' This is a very special day for the company and marks another milestone in our 17-year journey,' said Paddy.
'Michael and John represent everything that we set out to do at Matthews, and we are sad to see them leave.'
Michael, from Carrickmacross, has been a driver with Matthews for over a decade, and will miss a lot about the job.
'I spent a really enjoyable time here, and will miss the passengers and my fellow drivers.
' The people who travel on the buses every day are like friends to Matthews drivers, and we really do have a great with them.'
Limerickman John settled in Dundalk and spent the past five
relationship and a half years behind the wheel. 'I have to say, it's been great, and I will miss an awful lot about the driving,' said John.