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Wednesday 12th May 2021 14:23

Farewell & Thanks

Retirement of Billy Kearns, Networks / Kevin Staunton
Billy Kearns Construction Supervisor Castlebar will be retiring from ESB on Friday May 14th after almost 44 years of dedicated service. In 1977, Willie Heneghan, the local supervisor in Castlebar was looking for a few “good men” on a Friday to start the following Monday morning. Billy was one of those men and how he started his career with ESB. Billy worked for a few years in Castlebar before relocating to the Claremorris area in the early 1980s, along with a few more, to carry out work in the area. On the closure of Claremorris premises in the late 1990s Billy moved to Tuam where he became very involved with cabling and jointing work.
In 2014 Billy returned to Castlebar as the Construction supervisor, a role he held up to his retirement. Billy has always being a great charachter to all who have worked with him and always had a very positive outlook on all aspects of life. He was very supportive of all his work colleagues and treated all his team very fairly. Billy will now move on to the next chapter in his life and he has many interests outside of the ESB which is not suprising considering what a great character he is. He will have more time for travelling, walking, reducing his golf handicap and continuing to follow the Mayo team on there unending quest for that ultimate Sam Maguire cup. I am also sure his local GAA club Davitts Irishtown will be delighted with the new groundsman they are getting. I would like to thank Billy for the service and committment he has given to ESB over the past 44 years and wish himself, his wife Rose, daughter Roisin and son Liam many years of healthy and happy years retirement. As of all retirements at present no retirement function can take place but Billy has assured us that once Covid restrictions ease there will be a function over the summer months.

Note from John Flynn, Networks on his retirement / John Flynn
Thursday the 13th May I’ll be departing the ESB after 42+ years and being a member of the Class of ’78. It’s time for me to move on to the next Chapter in my life, I’ve had some great times along the way and some not so great, but overall I’ve loved being part of the ESB community and it has given me the opportunity to do so many different things. I’ve met some great and some not so great people along the way too but I’ve learnt some valuable things from all of them to make me the person I am today. Over the past 42+ years I’ve made a contribution to the ESB and hopefully I’ve made a difference.
They say that life goes full circle, well my ESB life has. When I came out of my time in 1982 I started under Pat Lawlor in the Metering section in Leopardstown Road hanging meters on the wall, over the years I’ve had a few changes of direction but the last few years I’ve been on the Smart metering project so I finish up my career on a project to help safely change out all those meters for the next generation of Smart Meters.
I’d like to express my appreciation to all those across the organisation both past & present who have taken the time to phone, text, email, video call, sent cards and gifts, it is very much appreciated and I’m touched by your comments.
Shay Nolan, Nolan. Seamus (ESB Networks) is organising Teams conference call on Thursday afternoon at 3.30 for a final farewell. Drop him a line if you’d like to be included.
It’s been a Blast. Hopefully in time we will get an opportunity to celebrate together. Thanks Again. John Flynn ESB Networks

Retirement of Martin McCormack, Networks / John Tuohy
Our friend and colleague Martin McCormack will retire on 14th May after more than 42 years dedicated service to ESB. Martin started in Mullingar in 1979 and trained as a linesman. He progressed on to become a chargehand before being appointed Lines Supervisor in Mullingar in 1990. In 1993 he was appointed Project Supervisor. Martin moved to the Contracting Partners organisation in the early 2000s and played an important role as a project leader in the Network Renewal Programme which refurbished the Networks nationally in a short period of time. Martin then moved on to work in the Safety organisation as Safety and Quality Assurance Manager where he was instrumental in developing the auditing function. In 2015, Martin moved to the environmental organisation where he has been a prime mover in Networks excellent waste management and re-cycling performance. Martin has managed a large number of our external service providers and ably handled some complicated tender awards. Everybody who has met Martin has been struck by his warmth and humanity and interest in people’s wellbeing. He has combined these qualities over the years with an appetite for hard work which has contributed hugely to ESB. Unfortunately, due to Covid, we cannot celebrate Martin’s retirement as we would like at this time. In the meantime, I would like to thank Martin for his huge contribution to ESB and wish him a long and happy retirement.


Death of Michael (Mick) Kilkelly, father of Tom, Network Services, Sean Mulvoy Rd /
The Death has occurred of Michael Kilkelly (known as Mick), Doonbeg, Ballyglunin, Tuam, father of our colleague and friend Tom, Network Services, Sean Mulvoy Road Galway.
Mick’s funeral Cortege was this morning, Wed 12th May. Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam dílis. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom and his family at this difficult time.