Wednesday 22 November 2017

Gerry put his stamp on things during 39 years with An Post

ON Saturday night I headed for Jimmy Reilly's Bar in Oriel Active where a special retirement party was being held for ace postman Gerry Rogers from Manydown Close who was retiring from An Post after 39 years loyal service.

Gerry was accompanied by his wife Mena and kids Lorna, Dara and Nicola, sisters Ann Hughes from Crossmaglen, Patricia Hoey from Bay Estate and brother Michael Rogers from Greenacres and huge collection of workmates from An Post.

Deciding to have a look round to see who was there, I got talking to Leah McEntee from Coastguards Point Road, Gerry's daughters Dara Rogers from Manydown Close and Lorna Keenan from Lordship, his nephew Aidan Hoey and Karen McCluskey both from Knockbridge who told me it was going to be a fantastic night.

Seated close were ex-workmate Sonya O'Callaghan from Woodbury Gardens and her friend Edelle Kenny from Meadow Grove and Sonya said Gerry is one in a million and wanted to wish him all the best in his retirement.

Not too long later I met up with Caoimhín and Catherine O'Callaghan from Avenue Road who were enjoying the company of Kate and Paul Breen from Benagh who also wanted to wish Gerry all the best in his retirement.

I then headed for a table where I met up with some of Gerry's mates, including Kevin and Mary Cunningham from Jenkinstown who were with Celia and Tommy Keenan from Lordship and they told me Gerry is an absolute gentleman and that plans were afoot to give him a major send off.

Seated at an adjacent table were Gerry's sisters and their husbands; Patricia and Michael Hoey from Bay Estate, Anne and Joe Hughes from Crossmaglen and Oliver Hughes and Ann Duffy from New Muirhevna. They were delighted to be there and having a laugh with Gerry and his family.

Also in their company was Gerry's wife Mena and their goddaughter Teresa Farrell from Rostrevor who were up for making it a real night to remember.

After this I headed over to a table where I met up with Eugene Duffy from New Muirhevna who was sitting with Mena's sisters and relations, including Pauline Farrelly, Ann Clarke, Patrice, Joey, Gerry James, Tara and Stephen Duffy and Amanda Keenan, who were already in party mode and making the best of Gerry's big bash.

Not too long later I caught up with Christian and Olivia Maas from Chapel Street who were with Syl and Aislinn Matthews from Glenwood. Olivia and Syl both worked with Gerry and said they're sorry to see him retire.

I then caught up with Dundalk's No.1 postman, Bobby Woods from Belfry Gardens who was with his delightful wife Elizabeth and Bobby said Gerry would definitely be missed because he's one of the best workers there.

After this I got talking to Pat McEntegart from Point Road and Mark Gilmore from Newtownbalregan who told me Gerry is a very obliging man and a real loss to the local workforce.

Not too far away I then got talking to John Tansey from Carrick-on-Shannon who is on the National Executive of the CWU and he was talking to Tony Bellew from Kilcurry, who told me he has been best friends with Gerry since school days and they used to be in the same class! John told me he used to come up for the CWU meeting and afterwards Tony and Gerry were the first he's meet in McGeough's pub after the meeting and the last he'd remember talking to before he managed to get out at the end of the night.

Up near the bar were Anthony McCrave, the CWU secretary from Haggardstown, Brian and Grainne Smartt from Fatima and Benny McDonald from Willow Grove who told me they too are sorry to see him go because he a real gentleman.

Not too far away I then got talking to Conor McErlean from Dunmor and Jim McEneaney from Blackrock who told me they were ready for a major night with Gerry and his family and wanted to wish him a very happy retirement.

I then caught up with Dessie O'Connor from Lisdoo who was having a laugh with John McCoy from Doylesfort Road and Dermot Moran from Knockbridge who wanted to wish Gerry all the best and were going to give him the send-off he deserved.

After this I met up with Peter and Katie McEntee from Shore Road who were having a laugh with Caroline McKenna from Hyde Park who told me this was going to be a major night.

Just arrived in were Declan and John Temple from Avenue Road, Martin said he has known Gerry for 40 years, that he is a true gentleman and they were all there to give him a big send off.

Not too long later I met Jim McGee from Lis Na Dara, Niall Connolly from Kilkerley and Gavin Cunningham from Jenkinstown who were looking forward to a great night with Gerry and his family.

On my way out I met up with the late post – Colin Smart, Beano Agnew and Paul Kelly, who were just on their way in.

After this I met the late late post, who were Paul Smartt, Sheriff McKenna, Niall McGuinness and Mickey Hutchinson who told me his wife Teresa was unwell and couldn't make it on the night, but all the lads were there to honour their friend Gerry and all have a mad night together.

Finally I met up with Ray Brennan from Blackwater Court who was just on his way in the door telling me he had missed out on the Century Bar reunion the previous night so that he'd be ready for Gerry's big bash. He assured me it was going to be an epic as he tried to entice me back in for a swift pint! Dedication to work Razzy, dedication to work!

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