TELEPHONE BELLS were swapped for Jingle Bells last week as the staff of Eircom in Drogheda over the past 25 years had a seasonal gathering in the Boyne Valley Hotel.
Retired employees of the exchange in Patrick Street travelled from Dundalk, Kells, Navan, Longford and Mullingar, as well as from close-by, to catch up on old times in the Drogheda facility.
' We had around 135 come, which was a great crowd considering some are in their 80s, and has a fair distance to travel,' said Rena Keogh, who organised the event along with John McGeady, with the help of Eileen Ferns and Kathleen Mulroy.
'We danced from eight until late, and we compliment the Boyne Valley on their finger food and service, as well as a great DJ who kept the dance floor full all night.'
At its peak, there were 200 people
employed in the Drogheda premises, but over the years that has reduced to 20. 'So many people has lost touch, even though we are in the business of communication, but now we have collected lots of phone numbers, so there is no excuse.
' Technology has changed so much, we almost did ourselves out of the jobs, but it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces, and have a good chat and catchup.'