DJ Carey back in game with cleaning company
HURLING legend DJ Carey swapped the famous black and amber stripes of Kilkenny for the maroon of Galway as he made a comeback -- in cleaning product supplies.
The Kilkenny sporting icon has joined the ranks of Co Galway-based Western Hygiene, along with eight of his former staff, it was confirmed last night.
The company recently bought parts of the cleaning empire Mr Carey previously owned with partner Sarah Newman, but which went into liquidation last month.
Now the Kilkenny star is returning as the sales manager, overseeing the Cummer company's range of washroom and hygiene products to hotels and catering businesses.
Western Hygiene managing director Kevin Collins said the addition of DJ Carey and his team was an exciting development.
"DJ has been no stranger to success during his illustrious career and I have no doubt that it is set to continue now that he has joined us," said Mr Collins.
"We are delighted to welcome him and his team on board -- it's a very positive step for our business and we are pleased the acquisition took place in a manner by which we could protect existing jobs."
It signals a remarkable comeback for the man who was commonly regarded as the greatest hurler of his generation.
It comes just weeks after Mr Carey lost control of his company and appointed a liquidator to wind down his loss-making group, which had debts of €1.7m.
He cut a subdued figure during a round of creditors' meetings at Dublin's Red Cow hotel, scheduled to deal with the financial difficulties of his three former companies: Dublin Janitorial Centre, DJ Carey Enterprises Limited and Alton Limited.
Mr Carey himself had been owed a substantial amount by his own company, as a result of €600,000 loans he made to help it trade through its difficulties. Because of its liabilities, the company was ultimately unable to continue in business.