After a long wait due to Covid, the men and women of Gorey Post Office could finally gather and have a night out with their recently retired colleagues.
Four postmen have hung up their post hats during that time. Maurice O’ Leary, Leo Fennell, Oliver Stephens and Ger Murphy all are finally enjoying their freedom from early morning alarms, wet days and barking dogs.
Maurice had the longest service of the four and has covered many areas over those enjoyable years. He was a much-loved co-worker and was well known for his wit and fun. If there was a bit of slagging or banter going Maurice was usually in the thick of it. He has been the Ballymoney postman for the last few years and was a massive favourite in that area. He always had time to look in on the elderly people and drop messages in for them.
Gorey native Leo Fennell is a very well-known character about the town. He shot to national fame, or at least his legs did, for delivering in a pair of shorts in the snow in 2010. Again, Leo has covered many routes in his time, but focused on some of the main street and part of the town before retiring.
Ger Murphy, the singing post man has entertained his colleagues for many years and always kept the early morning crew in great form with his banter and songs. Ger also covered part of the town on his bike for many years and is greatly missed by many of his customers.
Oliver Stephens is no stranger to the stage ,having acted and played music for many years. This experience proved vital when he joined the postal service and was thrown into an office full of fun-loving and boisterous postmen. In his time in An Post, Oliver covered lots of posts and became a big favourite among his fellow postal operatives to cover their duties.
The retiring men were joined by family, colleagues and fellow retired postmen in the Loch Garman Arms Hotel for a night filled with songs, stories, music and craic. They were presented with their retirement certs by Kevin Molloy and a gift from the staff by Senior Postman Brian Kenny senior postman, while their long-suffering wives were presented with flowers by Edel Cullen. The team wish Maurice, Leo, Ger and Oliver a long, happy and healthy retirement and say they will most definitely be missed by all in Gorey DSU.