Mary and Mona cel­e­brate re­tire­ment from Dunnes

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS - FIONA MAGENNIS

FRIENDS and col­leagues gath­ered in The Mariner re­cently to cel­e­brate the re­tire­ment of their long­stand­ing col­leagues in Dunnes, Mary Kelly and Mona Mur­phy.

The two women, who be­tween them have spent al­most 40 years work­ing with the company, were given a fan­tas­tic send off as they re­tired within two weeks of each other.

Both were well known faces be­hind the tills in Dunnes on West Street and will be sorely missed by all their loyal cus­tomers as well as their many friends and col­leagues in Dunnes.

Mona, from Money­more, has worked in Dunnes for 18 years while Mary, who lives in the Hay­mar­ket, has been be­hind the til for the past 17 years.

‘It was a bril­liant party and the staff were fan­tas­tic, they were such a good crowd and so gen­er­ous to us both,’ Mary told the Drogheda In­de­pen­dent.

‘We all had a great night to­gether and we had a great send off. They re­ally looked af­ter my­self and Mona and gave us a re­ally gen­er­ous gift.

‘They were all there to help us cel­e­brate, they gave us a great night. It was re­ally well or­gan­ised, a lovely send off,’ said Mary.

There was a huge crowd in the Mariner to help the two ladies mark the oc­ca­sion and the party con­tin­ued into the small hours.

Mary said she has re­ally en­joyed her 17 years with Dunnes and would have stayed on if she could, ad­mit­ting she will re­ally miss her col­leagues.

Mary said she is plan­ning to go on a nice hol­i­day and has two lovely grand­chil­dren who will no doubt keep her busy dur­ing her re­tire­ment. THE night was en­joyed by all al­though Mary ad­mits it was bit­ter­sweet for her­self and Mona as they will both miss their cus­tomers and their friends and col­leagues. ‘A lot of the cus­tomers would be the same age as us, they get the town bus in and they al­ways to to West Street to do the shop­ping. We would have got to know them over the years.’

Mary Kelly and Mona Mur­phy pic­tured at their re­tire­ment from Dunnes Stores

Tommy and Sharon Collins and San­dra Ma­her and right, Deb­o­rah Mul­lan, Ca­tri­ona Bagnall, Maria Levins, Jan­ice Hoey and Shirley Brady

Mary Kelly and Mona Mur­phy pic­tured at their re­tire­ment from Dunnes Stores party in The Mariner

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