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Monday 5th October 2020 14:20

Events & Launches

Upcoming Engineers Ireland events / Órla Burke
A number of interesting upcoming Engineers Ireland Events that may be of interest:
• Webinar – Thursday, 8th October 2020 (Joint Event with IET), 09:00 Wednesday, 21st October 2020
• Webinar: Wednesday, 28th October 2020 Please refer to the website for the full list of events and CPD activities.
Members of Engineers Ireland will also have received an email regarding a member survey on the review of the current structure of Engineers Ireland. I encourage all to provide feedback. Please feel free to contact me for further details on the above. Thank you, Órla (Chair of the Engineers Ireland Electrical and Electronic Division).

Farewell & Thanks

Donie Cahalane is retiring / Brian O’Brien
After 41 years of dedicated and professional service, Donie Cahalane is retiring from ESB. His final day at work will be next Thursday, 8th October. Donie joined ESB in October 1979 in Limerick and over the years has worked in a variety of different areas and locations, including Dublin North-West Region, Group Internal Audit and Finance Electric/ESB Retail. He joined Procurement in February 2006 and it is for his work in this area that he is currently best known. Applying a professional and commercial approach to his work, Donie has over the years negotiated and completed contracts for ESB worth many hundreds of millions, particularly in the areas of IT and Telecoms. His skill in commercial negotiations and firm approach at contract meetings has saved ESB many millions in terms of costs avoided, yet he has always managed to maintain cordial and effective relationships with suppliers. As the Manager responsible for the tendering and purchase of IT and Telecoms, Donie has helped to bring in the extensive range of IT and telecommunication systems that are in use across ESB today. A great colleague to work with, he has led his team with distinction and has been a source of advice and guidance to many people over the years, both within Procurement and in other areas. He will be missed by many in ESB. I know that everyone who knows him will wish Donie a long and happy retirement and will be grateful to him for his immense contribution to ESB over the years.

Health, Safety & Wellbeing

Host a Virtual Coffee Morning in support of Breast Cancer Awareness / Health & Wellbeing Team
Host a virtual coffee morning this October to support breast cancer patients across the country. More than 3,300 people will hear the words ‘You have breast cancer’ this year, that’s 9 people every day. The Irish Cancer Society is determined to be there for every one of them during this worrying time. But they need your help. Please host a virtual coffee morning between October 5th to 11th (or any date that suits you this October) Hosting a virtual coffee morning is simple, just follow the below easy steps; • Nominate a team member to set up the meeting via Skype/MS Teams
• Pick a date and send a calendar invite to your team – we recommend the week of October 5th -11th but you can host all throughout October.
• Share – Don’t forget to take a photo or screenshot of all your guests with their coffee mugs and treats to share on Yammer and use #CupsAgainstBreastCancer and spread the word about your successful coffee morning! • We encourage staff to discuss the topic of the ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’
• (Optional) Sign up – Register for your virtual coffee morning with Irish cancer society Once registered you’ll receive downloads you can use for your event. Some ideas:
• Get dressed up – Wear pink
• Get baking and make some pink cupcakes … even have a virtual baking competition! • Have a team quiz
If you wish to donate:
Visit: Cups against Cancer donation page Please remember to check your breasts.
For more information on how to do this click

Learning Events

UCD is looking for volunteer virtual interviewers for engineering students / Majella Henchion, UCD EGA President
Every year UCD’s Engineering Graduates Association offers Engineering students an opportunity to do mock interviews before they start to apply for internships and graduate programmes. This year we are trying to give more students an opportunity to participate and we are doing the interviews virtually. Hence we are looking for extra volunteers to sit on the virtual interview panels. You don’t need to be Dublin based and it is potentially excellent experience for you as well as the students. You should have some experience interviewing and do not need to be a UCD Engineering Graduate to volunteer. This year’s UCD EGA mock interviews are taking place the evenings of October 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th, from 5.30pm – 9pm (via Zoom). You can volunteer for as much or as little of the time as you can offer. The format will be a 20-minute interview via Zoom by a panel of two people followed by 10 minutes of feedback. If you are interested, please complete the doodle poll at the following link as soon as possible.
When inserting your name it is best to use your email address (e.g. so that the organiser has your contact details and not just your name..


Death of Sean Lucy, father-in-law of Jen Lucy, POD & GT Comms /
It is with sadness that we inform you of the death of Sean Lucy, father-in-law of our colleague Jen Lucy.
We wish to extend our deepest condolences to Jen and all the extended Lucy family. May he rest in peace.

Thank You from Andrew Fingleton / Morgan Kennedy EAP Service
On behalf of myself, my daughters Carol and Emma and our extended family, I would like to thank most sincerely my colleagues in the ESB, both serving and retired staff, for the sympathy and support extended to us all following the passing of my beloved wife Eileen.
To those who travelled to be with us, those who sent mass cards, texts, phone calls, e-mails and left condolences on RIP meant a great deal to us all, as we continue to struggle with our heart breaking loss. Please know that your generosity and thoughtfulness has touched us deeply. Knowing that we were not alone helped us bear our grief and loss. Thank you for being there for us. The holy sacrifice of the mass will be offered for all your intentions.