A special send-off as Adrian retires
Four county managers, a Minister and a Mayor were among 200 people who attended a farewell dinner for retired Wexford County Council official Adrian Doyle.
Retired county manager Noel Dillon travelled from Cork for the event in the Riverbank House Hotel and was joined by fellow former county managers Eddie Breen and Seamus Dooley.
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin turned up along with his brother Ted who was there in his capacity as Wexford County Council chairman and the Labour Mayor of Wexford Cllr. George Lawlor. The fourth county manager was the new incumbent Tom Enright who had the honour of making a presentation on behalf of everyone present.
Also in attendance were councillors, present and past Council staff and friends of Adrian who was the longest serving management official in Ireland up to his retirement a few weeks ago.
The guest of honour was joined by his wife Abina, his daughter Aoife and his sons Kenny, Ian and Eoin.
Adrian made history by becoming the youngest Town Clerk in Ireland at the age of 21. He was appointed Head of Finance in Wexford County Council when he was 27 and went on to become county secretary, development manager, director of services and more recently, acting county manager.
During the night tributes were paid by Minister and Cllr. Howlin and the Mayor while Adrian's former P.A.Pat Devereux thanked him on behalf of all the staff.
The entertainment was an in-house affair with county secretary Pat Collins, P.J. Murphy and Niall McGuigan performing together and former employees Ger Griffin and Sean Mythen also providing music.