Fond farewell for Ger and Ciaran

Bray People - - NEWS -

New­town­moun­tkennedy and Dis­trict Tidy Towns or­gan­ised a farewell party for two stal­warts of the lo­cal com­mu­nity as they head into re­tire­ment.

Ger Roche has re­tired af­ter 40 years as the lo­cal post­man, while Sgt Ciaran Gorm­ley re­tires af­ter over 20 years based in New­town.

The re­tire­ment night was or­gan­ised by the lo­cal Tidy Towns group as an ex­pres­sion of thanks to both Ger and Ciaran for all their years of hard work.

Ger was ini­tially based at Pearse Street in Dublin but took over from the late Jack O’Brien when he re­tired from the route that in­cluded New­town­moun­tkennedy.

Ger spent 40 years as the lo­cal post­man and soon be­came renowned for his sense of com­mu­nity spirit. He al­ways made sure to check up on el­derly res­i­dents while do­ing the rounds, and was con­sid­ered by many as New­town’s orig­i­nal ‘Neigh­bour­hood Watch.’

He con­tin­ued the same postal route for all of his 40 years in New­town, be­com­ing a well-recog­nised face in the process.

Sgt Gorm­ley had been based in New­town for 20 plus years and still re­mains highly thought of. The Tidy Towns com­mis­sioned a per­son­alised walk­ing stick made from holly by a lo­cal artist in recog­ni­tion of Sgt Gorm­ley’s love of hill­walk­ing. Ger re­ceived a com­mem­o­ra­tive let­ter made form lead, a play on the fact he has had to lift a ‘ heavy load’ for most of his work­ing life.

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