Paddy retired recently from Galway Co. Council where he was employed for 21 years as a waterworks caretaker, replacing the late Michael John Mc Donagh, Clareville in 1975. His was a seven days a week job carrying with it major responsibility for the maintenance and efficient functioning of all the complex systems necessary in the operation of our waterworks. Filtration, purification and fluoridation of the water were part if his assignment, also the daily/routine, comprehensive checking of all the functions and systems involved in such a complicated operation.
Problems in domestic water supply when related to outdoor piping and the occasional burst mains were also part of his job when supplies had to be cut off and repairs carried out with eager urgency and expertise – that was his special gift.
Paddy carried out all these various functions diligently and with the utmost dedication to duty. He was proud of his job and gave it his undivided attention.
We wish him a very happy retirement to his lovely garden. May your apple tree produce two crops of Granny Smith annually and your garden flower perpetually and may the surrounding air be filled with your good wife Mary’s favourite perfume.
Fad saol agus beannacht De oraibh.
Tim decided to call it a day after 28 years of dedicated service to his valued customers. His ‘Corner Shop” was always at our service irrespective of class, creed or status. His perpetual smile was always there to greet you. No errand was too small, be it a carton of milk, an ice-cream, a box of matches or the child’s important order for a lollipop at 9pm any night. “No Problem” was always his response.
To inform you of all his community work would take a complete Newsletter to even to give you the bones of his voluntary service. He was a founder member of the local Pioneer centre and a pillar and driving force behind it to the present day and no doubt well into the future as well. The regatta committee and the dramatic society in the 50’s were a couple of societies who owed their success to his persistent endeavours.
Tim married Maureen in 1958. She is a bejewelled lady whose personality sparkles when engaged in interesting conversation and her deep golden voice is a joy to listen to. She is a wizard on the accordian and adores music. She is full of good nature and her indifferent health has failed to dampen her good spirits. She is an optimist and over comes adversities. Tim and Maureen are very special people. We wish them a long, healthy and happy retirement, in deed everything they would wish themselves. They deserve it.
Fad saol faoi shona agus mhaise diobh, a chairde dhilis.
Note: Oughterard Newsletter April 1996
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