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Pat Renaghan, Michael Renaghan and Katie McEntee at the retirement function for Michael in Tom Clarkes Bar, Quay Street. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Pat Renaghan, Michael Renaghan and Katie McEntee at the retirement function for Michael in Tom Clarkes Bar, Quay Street. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Michael Renaghan, Pat Renaghan and Nicky Harper with Peter, Katie and Stephen McEntee at the retirement function for Michael in Tom Clarkes Bar, Quay Street. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Michael Renaghan, Pat Renaghan and Nicky Harper with Peter, Katie and Stephen McEntee at the retirement function for Michael in Tom Clarkes Bar, Quay Street. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Stephen McEntee, Nicky Harper, Michael Renaghan and James Clarke at the retirement function for Michael in Tom Clarkes Bar, Quay Street. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Stephen McEntee, Nicky Harper, Michael Renaghan and James Clarke at the retirement function for Michael in Tom Clarkes Bar, Quay Street. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Stephen McEntee, Nicky Harper, Michael Renaghan and James Clarke at the retirement function for Michael in Tom Clarkes Bar, Quay Street. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Stephen McEntee, Nicky Harper, Michael Renaghan and James Clarke at the retirement function for Michael in Tom Clarkes Bar, Quay Street. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Michael Renaghan and James Clarke at the retirement function for Michael in Tom Clarkes Bar, Quay Street. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Michael Renaghan and James Clarke at the retirement function for Michael in Tom Clarkes Bar, Quay Street. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Shauna McGuinness, Rosie Culligan and Lauren Culligan at the retirement function for Michael Renaghan in Tom Clarkes Bar, Quay Street. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Shauna McGuinness, Rosie Culligan and Lauren Culligan at the retirement function for Michael Renaghan in Tom Clarkes Bar, Quay Street. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Pat Renaghan, Michael Renaghan and Colm Woods at the retirement function for Michael in Tom Clarkes Bar, Quay Street. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Pat Renaghan, Michael Renaghan and Colm Woods at the retirement function for Michael in Tom Clarkes Bar, Quay Street. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Caroline McArdle, Fiona McGuinness and Sabrina Callan at the retirement function for Michael Renaghan in Tom Clarkes Bar, Quay Street. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Caroline McArdle, Fiona McGuinness and Sabrina Callan at the retirement function for Michael Renaghan in Tom Clarkes Bar, Quay Street. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

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Pat Renaghan, Michael Renaghan and Katie McEntee at the retirement function for Michael in Tom Clarkes Bar, Quay Street. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

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Tom Clarke’s bar was packed out on Friday night as the legend that is Mickey Renaghan from Parnell Park said his goodbyes to his colleagues in Boylesports as he retired after 14 years with the company. Mickey, who had already spent 34 years with PJ Carrolls, started in the call centre in 2007 and became one of the top agents with the corporation and bid then a fond farewell last weekend.

However his workmates all came together last Friday night to wish him well and give him the send off he truly deserved.

I wasn’t too long in the door when I met up with Mickey who told me he had thoroughly enjoyed his 14 years with Boylesports and was definitely going to miss all the craic with his friends and colleagues in the future. He went on to say he was going to go home and relax for a while before taking a well deserved holiday and would see how things panned out afterwards.

I decided to have a look round to see who was up for making the best of the night and first met up with Pat Toner from Manydown Close who said Mickey is one of the best, a real gentleman and a good man to be around and wanted to wish him all the best in his retirement.

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Next I caught up with some of Mickey’s team and they included Rosie and Laura Culligan from Dublin Road and Shauna McGuinness from Blackrock who told me he was a great workmate and always kept the craic going in the call centre and they were going to be lost without him to keep the smiles on their faces.

Meanwhile up near the bar I met up with Sherriff and Caroline McKenna from Hyde Park and son Mark McKenna from Oaklawns, Sherriff said to tell him the cheque is in the post and then questioned the fact that this was actually his second retirement party, having already had one when he left PJ Carrolls, but all the same wanted to wish him all the best for the future.

Not too far away I then got a word with Stephen Kirke from Waterville Crescent and Declan O’Hare from Medebawn who wanted to know how he had lasted so long with the company? They said they had had the honour of starting on the exact same day as Mickey 14 years ago and said this wasn’t really a retirement, it’s just another step in a rich career and wanted to wish him all the best for the future.

I then headed over for a chat with Damien Dowdall from Blackstaff who has worked with Mickey for years and he was always brilliant crack to be around and the call centre just won’t be the same without him.

Beside Damien I then got a word with Sean Newberry from Chapel Street who said Mickey is one of the best, a great workmate and an excellent man for the breakfasts!

After this I headed over for a chat with Nicola Harper from Bay Estate who was there with Mickey’s nephew Stephen McEntee from Shore Road who told me the going away party just had to be held in Clarke’s because this is Mickey’s favourite pub and he was sure that he’d be spending more time in now that he is ‘a man of leisure’.

I then headed over for a chat with birthday boy Johnny Grant from Mary Street North who described Mickey as ‘A Legend’ a great man to work with and they won’t know who to send to look after the new arrivals in the company now that Mickey has called it a day.

Beside Johnny I then got a word with Fiona McGuinness from Bay Estate and Sarah McGailey from Mourne Vale who said Michael Gerard will always be loved by the Boylesports staff and they were really looking forward to giving him the big send off he truly deserved and wanted to wish him all the best for the future.

Beside them I then had the pleasure of talking to Clare Brennan from Readypenny who told me she thought Mickey is a really sound bloke and it was a true testimony to him by the numbers that had turned up to wish him well on the night.

After this I then caught up with Maria Dullaghan from Blackrock, Caroline McArdle from Bay Estate and Sabrina Callan from Priory Villas who told me every dentist in Dundalk won’t know what hit them because Mickey was a man that always had chocolate for the ladies at work and Weight Watchers is in for a few surprises too! They all wanted to wish Mickey all the best and hopes he has a fantastic retirement.

Just in the door was Mickey’s sister and husband Katie and Peter McEntee from Shore Road who said he is an absolute legend and wanted to congratulate him on his achievement.

Not too long later I caught up with ex workmate Bernard Farrell from Avenue Road who told me there was no way he was going to miss this celebration and said he thought he was very lucky to make it to his retirement but he was delighted to be there to help him celebrate it.

After this I headed over for a word with Darren Connor from Fatima Park who told me Mickey was really great to work with and had helped him out on numerous occasions and was delighted to be there to honour him on the night.

I then had the pleasure of talking to Kyra McEvoy from Kilkerley who told me she is both a workmate and a family friend. She said it was great to work with him because there was never any atmosphere when he was a round and the place just wasn’t going to be the same without him.

Making my way through the crowds I managed a few words with his brother Spike Renaghan from Broughton Street who was having a laugh with Colm Woods from Bellurgan and Niall O’Callaghan from Saltown and the lads said that now he has retired, this will give him more time for pints in Clarke’s!

Finally, before I departed I got a word with Padraig Gorman from St. Nicholas Avenue, Adam and Conor Mulley from Cooley Park who told me they didn’t know how the girls in the centre were going to get on without him (and his chocolates) but wanted to thank him for their time working together and wish him all the best in his retirement.


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