Customers turn up to wish him well
TO say that Connie Hickey was speechless with surprise would be an understatement, as hordes of customers turned up at the Tureen branch of Boherbue Co-op on his final day at work, to show their appreciation for his 38 years of service and wish him well on his retirement.
Customers of the store, former suppliers, and management, described Connie as a wonderful person; saying he was "really obliging", "nothing was too much trouble for him", and "he will be missed".
Connie started work in Tureen in April 1975. At the time Eamonn Cronin was manager and Connie's brother in law Jimmy Guerin was also a member of staff.
"There were around 200 suppliers coming to the creamery when I started", Connie told the Corkman," although at one stage the numbers in Tureen had reached 228.
"When I started here, there was only a very small store, and this large building was erected around 1977/78.
"In 1994 the creamery was demolished, and the farmers brought their milk to a bulk tank in the yard where it was collected and taken to Rathmore.
"The year I came here, we got a forklift, it was one of the best inventions for our business and did away with an awful lot of the hard work".
Connie said it will take him a good while to adjust to retirement. "As you can see, the customers here are great, genuine people and I will miss them terribly," he said. "I was lucky as well to work with wonderful staff, and the management were like ourselves, like part of the workforce.
"Bridie Murphy in the office in Boherbue was fantastic in the early days of the computer. I knew nothing about it but she was always there with a smile to correct my mistakes".
Following the great send off in Tureen, the group reconvened at Tadhgie Miah's Bar in Boherbue where they partied until 'late'!