It's the memory-makers' turn to head down memory lane

Catherina Ahern, Liz Finucane Eilish Enright, Siobhan Gould, Helen O Brien enjoying the long-awaited get together at the Spectra reunion in Christy’s Well Bar on Saturday. Photo by John Kelliher
Catherina Ahern, Liz Finucane Eilish Enright, Siobhan Gould, Helen O Brien enjoying the long-awaited get together at the Spectra reunion in Christy’s Well Bar on Saturday. Photo by John Kelliher

They literally made the memories of the nation, bringing photographs to life in Spectra for so many years.

But it was their turn on Saturday to share their own memories of life in the famous Listowel industry as the former workforce enjoyed a long overdue reunion, taking to Christy's Well Bar in The Square to show just how many lifelong friendships were forged in the hustle and bustle of the industry.

"It was a fantastic place to work with great camaraderie among all of us.

"Lifetime friendships were made and we were delighted to meet up again on Saturday at Christy's, it was our first reunion in a few years," one of the organisers Moira McElligott told The Kerryman.

"I was 16 when I first walked into Spectra on a summer job and it was one busy place. I remember working from 6am to 2pm, then heading home for a rest before going back from 8pm until midnight.

"It was a 24-hour service, with vans coming from all over the country with film in the evening. The night shift was the busiest then as all the processing had to be done, before the vans would collect the prints by 6am again."

"Xavier McAuliffe was a great employer throwing brilliant Christmas parties for us back in the Skellig Hotel and at the end of the summer, with everything paid for!" She said all were keen to thank Spectra cooks Beatrice Kelly and Betty Heaphy. "They kept us going every day!"

Kerryman

News