TUI Retirement Function- a great night had by all!

The TUI Dundalk branch gathered at the Fairways Hotel on Wednesday 7th December to honour their retired colleagues. Bernie Cassidy and Fionnuala Dullaghan were the back bone of the organising committee. Richard Crowley the branch chairman welcomed everyone and the guests. TUI President, Bernie Ruane and TUI General Secretary, Peter McMenamin. Richard started by remembering Mrs Mary Dooley whose funeral took place that day and he also remembered Tom and the family and acknowledged Tom's immense contribution to the TUI. He went on to pay tribute to those members who have retired recently for their hard work down through the years and he also acknowledged the work they put in to ensure good conditions of service. Next Bernie Ruane spoke where she said she was glad to be in Dundalk and again thanked the retired members for their years of service. She noted many graduates owe their qualifications to the teaching and hard work of colleagues up and down the country. Richard then introduced the presentations where each retiree received a pen. The President then presented a pen to the sixteen colleagues present namely: Sam Alwan, Peter Carolan (his brother, John accepted the pen as Peter was visiting his new granddaughter in England), Gerry Cluskey, Brian Dunleavy, John Gilmore, John Hanratty, Mary Heffernan, Brendan Johnston, Mary Kavanagh, Seamus Kelly, Terry McNamee, Sean McCarthy, Maurice Murphy, Margaret Ward, Gerry Woods and Michael Woods. Among those retirees who could not be present were Peter Hartigan, Michael Wright, Fintan Vallely, Noel Stapleton, Brid O'Neill, Jim Maguire and Marie Connolly.Gerry Woods a past branch chairman himself said a few words on behalf of the retirees, he thanked Bernie and Fionnuala for organising the event and wished the retirees well. He urged the younger members of the branch to become involved and that this was imperative in the testing times ahead. Along with the recipients' families and current colleagues at the college, many other retirees joined in the celebration. These included John Clarke, Johnny Gallagher, Mick Halliday, Christy McAreavy (who received an award earlier in the year from the college in recognition of his service as part of the fortieth anniversary celebrations), Oliver McDonald, Michael Mullin, Liam Ó Gogáin, Michael Ó Dubhchair, Kevin Starrs, Eugene McCabe, Sean Redahan, Joe McAuley, Frank Carney and Tony Rice.

With the formalities complete it was time to enjoy the 'Swingin Bluecats' and as one old timer said they 'were great to dance to!'. It was a night for reminiscing and recalling old times. There are some further colleagues who are due to retire in the New Year and we wish them well. Finally many thanks to the organising committee and the branch committee for a great night.