Bus workers say goodbye
Bus Eireann workers got together before Christmas to mark the retirement of a number of former colleagues who had clocked up over 100 years service between them.
A presentation event was held in the CIE Credit Union at Clark Railway Station on December 19th to recognise the contribution which the workers had made to the company and customers over the years.
Presentations were made to Margaret Slavin, Una McFadden, Christine McCooey and Fiona Mulpeter who retired recently, having worked in administration, and to school bus driver Terry O'Hare.
Margaret Slavin who was the third generation of her family to work in the town's transport industry, joining the company in 1980. Margaret had followed her father Paddy into CIE as it was known at the time, and her grandfather Owen, a survivor of the Lusitania which was torpedoed by the German's during the First World Ward, had worked as a level crossing keeper in Dromiskin.
Christine McCooey had clocked up 36 years service as had Una McFadden, whose father James Coburn worked as an engine driver and she had met her husband Brendan, a bus driver who retired a few years ago, through work. Fellow administrative worker Fiona Mulpeter was leaving after six years service.
School bus driver, Terry O'Hare, who retired after 37 years with the company, was one of a number of drivers' whose long service with the company was recognised.