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Latest Notices Thursday 12th August 2021 14:22

Farewell & Thanks

Joe Kiernan is retiring / Eddie Reynor
After almost 41 years of service, (Diesel) Joe Kiernan will be retiring from ESB on 20th August 2021.
Joe joined ESB in Dec 1980 as a Dayworker and was the Painters Assistant for his first 6 Months. From there he went on Shift as Unit Assistant in Portarlington Peat Station. He spent 4 happy years there. In 1985 and with Portarlington Station due for closure he joined the mass exodus to Moneypoint arriving on April 1st (no April Fool our Joe). Having made his home in County Clare he joined the Moneypoint Shift Team as Unit Assistant and progressed to Unit Operator and started to develop his extensive knowledge of Power Plant Management and Operations technology.
In 1998 he brought his vast knowledge of Power Station Operations to the Training Centre in Ringsend under the guidance of John Ryan. Having now joined the training team of Liam Mooney, Michael Delaney and John O’Shea he started to deliver Training Courses on Power Plant Operations and the Thermal Simulators. In 2004, along with the rest of Generation Training he moved to the ESB Training Centre in Portlaoise. This move suited Joe down to the ground as having left Clare he had returned to live in Portarlington where he met and married Rose in 2009. It was at this time that Joe started to deliver both the Plant Operations and Plant Management elements of the DIT Programme. This is a joint venture programme, which Joe managed with the Dublin Institute of Technology (now TUD) to upskill ESB Generation staff to become Shift Operatives. Joe’s broad scope of knowledge has also seen him deliver training on Lime hydration and Urea to Ammonia in Moneypoint as well as Gas Turbines and Thermal Power Plant Fundamentals on the Graduate Programme. Joe has made many friends during his long career in ESB and anybody who has worked with him or has attended one of his numerous courses over the years will be aware of his engaging personality, wicked sense of humour and his love of a night out. Joe will now be able to pursue his many interests on a full-time basis, including his love of Travel and Poker and as soon COVID 19 restrictions are lifted Joe and Rose hope to get back to the Poker tables of Las Vegas. Maybe even have a few more of those nights out when not traveling. On behalf of ESB Generation & Trading, all the staff of the Training Centre and all his colleagues, past and present, I want to wish Joe and his wife Rose all the best for the future and a long and happy retirement. Unfortunately, due to the COVID 19 restrictions it is not possible to celebrate Joe’s retirement with him in person, as we would like to do, but hopefully we will be able to mark Joe’s retirement later in the year when restrictions ease further. There will be a virtual event to mark Joe’s retirement on August 20th and further details of this event will follow nearer to this date.

Patricia Campbell retired today / Anne-Marie McDermott After over 42 years of dedicated service, Patricia Campbell will be retiring from ESB on Thursday, 12th August 2021. Patricia joined ESB and started her career in Consumer’s Unit, Chapel Street, Dundalk. She gained great experience right across ESB through her work in Consumer’s, Service Repair, Stores, Management Accounting and Project and Fixed Asset Accounting. Patricia was also involved with the introduction of FMIS back in the late 1990’s, where she became an expert in all things SAP related. She brought this expertise to the IWM project and has been recognised right across Networks and Finance as the ‘FMIS / IWM’ ‘Go-To’ person. Patricia’s thoroughness, enthusiasm and extensive knowledge has been invaluable, and she has made a noteworthy and positive contribution to the success of ESB. Her clear thinking and logical mind have been in great demand and she is a trusted source of advice, not just in work related matters but also as a friend and confidant to many of us. Patricia’s amiable personality, loyalty and has ensured that she made many good and long-standing friendships with staff (past and present), right across ESB. She will be missed by all, particularly her friends in Avenue Road, Dundalk but most especially, by those of us in the Project and Fixed Asset Accounting Unit. On behalf of all of us, we wish to thank you Patricia for the tremendous contribution you have given to ESB, over the course of your career. We will miss your good humour, interesting chats, your clear head and sound advice! We hope you enjoy the extra time to devote to your reflexology, hill walking in the Cooley mountains and general babysitting of your two new beloved Grand-Nieces. We wish you good health and happiness to enjoy every minute of your retirement with your family and friends. Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, it is not possible to celebrate Patricia’s retirement with her, in person, as we’d really like to do. However, we look forward to celebrating with Patricia, later in the year, when we can give her the proper send-off that she so deserves. Very good luck to you Patricia – you will be sorely missed.

Reminder, Stephen Devaney is retiring on 20th Aug / Stephen Quinn After over 43 years of dedicated service to ESB, Stephen Devaney is retiring on Friday 20th August 2021. Stephen joined ESB in February 1978 as a General Worker in Sligo. He was attending Sligo IT at the time and as a result of his extra-curricular studies gained promotion in a short space of time to the Sligo Drawing Office as a draftsman. Long before digitisation Stephen was busy drawing up LV & MV network diagrams/6’’maps, station line diagrams and Civils drawings, all of which had to be done by hand. Ultimately though around the early 2000s new technology was ushered in and Stephen was heavily involved in the transformation to Digital formatting. The process of de-manning local drawing offices had begun and centralisation became the order of the day. As a result Stephen found himself applying successfully for an Engineering Officer position on the Customer Services team. Within the CS Team Stephen looked after new connections, network diversions and improvements, covering the broad Sligo planner group. Stephen’s quiet professional demeanour and attention to detail served him and ESB well over the years in this role and it is safe say that his interactions with customers, landowners, and colleagues were largely positive. Stephen also became an expert in Forestry, an area in which he would excel. Stephen covered the North West which spanned a wide area in that regard including Forestry compensation claims, cable easements, site acquisitions etc as well as having to negotiate with multiple stakeholders. The extensive knowledge and experience Stephen had built up on the 38kV/MV & LV networks, design processes and systems along with his amiable personality and strong people skills enabled him to produce very high standards of work. To this end Stephen has and always will be held in very high regard by his fellow Engineering Officers and peers alike. Stephen has always been supportive of colleagues and mangers with whom he has worked over the past 43 years. I would like to sincerely thank Stephen for his outstanding service to ESB and his unwavering support. He will be missed at work by his many friends in Sligo depot and beyond. I know Stephen is now looking forward to the next chapter of his life outside ESB in the good company of family and friends and indeed he will not be short of things to do given his many interests. We wish Stephen, his wife Francis and their family good health and every happiness for the future.