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Monday 12th October 2020 14:21
Planned NBP Siteswitch / SAP BW Support Team
There is a planned NBP Siteswitch on 14th October 2020 between 9.30 am to 4 pm. During this time NBP system will be unavailable.
Farewell & Thanks
Patrick Walsh, ESB Networks is retiring / Michael Sammin
After 43 years of dedicated service and professionalism Patrick Walsh is retiring from ESB , Patricks last day will be Monday the 19th of October.
Patrick started his ESB electrical apprenticeship on 10th October 1977 at Fleet Street.
Following a successful apprenticeship Patrick worked as an electrician in Stations Section, Pembroke St Lotts Rd. He later moved on to TOD, gaining further HV Stations experience.
The Next adventure for Patrick was as a Training Officer based in Mount Street, starting his teaching career with a group of Inter-cert level girls, showing them the merits and opportunity of technical / engineering career choices. This was the start of Patrick’s expertise in sharing learning and instilling knowledge to future apprentices in ESB.
The training officer role continued for 9 years and covered ESB Apprentices, Engineers and also extended to foreign students including a most interesting year long course for Saudi Arabian engineers.
After a successful 9 years with the Training centre Patrick moved to the Distribution Dept. (now Networks Assets) as a Technologist working mostly in the areas of 38kV stations. Pat refers to this time as Learning a lot on how ESB tie the whole Technical, specification, design, maintenance policy and delivery of the cycle of the ESB Distribution Network.
His next move was to ESB Contracts section as a design Technologist where among lots of varied projects he and a close colleague from Cork had to be rescued by IFOR personnel after they inadvertently ending up in a Albanian Mafia controlled area in Pristina, Kosovo – As Pat has often said it was never a dull moment in ESB Contracts.
His last and current job was a Senior Metering Technologist with Metering Assets based in St Lotts Rd, now part of Networks Assets for the last 2 years. In his own words he has returned full cycle to his own “elephant’s graveyard” of Pembroke, St Lotts Rd, and back in with the new Distribution Dept – Network Assets.
Pat has made a significant impact and contribution to the ESB Networks and has designed and commissioned some of the largest connections across the business and managed and upheld ESB Networks in discussions with Eirgrid and external stakeholders across the Metering spectrum.
Anyone one who has worked with Pat will have seen first-hand his willingness to problem solve and his big picture thinking which will be missed in ESB Networks.
Patrick has made a significant contribution in 2019 and 2020 to the Assets 5 Safe and Sound leadership team as well as the South Lotts Safe and Sound team.
Patrick was really looking forward to a lively going away do but due to the COVID-19 restrictions we’ll have to defer to a future date, but this is a date that will be in the calendar once we get the right side of Covid 19.
I know that everyone who knows him will wish Patrick a long and happy retirement and will be grateful to him for his immense contribution to ESB over the years. On behalf of the Metering assets team we wish Pat a long and happy retirement.
Death of Eddie Coogan, exESB and father of Grainne, Safe Driving Bureau / Deirdre McKenna
It is with sadness that we inform you of the death of Eddie Coogan, 8th October 2020, retired ESB staff (Information Systems Dept) and beloved father of our friend and colleague Gráinne Coogan.
Our thoughts are with Gráinne and the Coogan family at this sad time. May he rest in peace. Due to government guidelines on public gatherings a private Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday (13th October) at the Victorian Chapel, Mount Jerome which can be viewed on the following link at 10 am on https://vimeo.com/event/153499.
Thanks from Siobhan Hand on the recent passing of her mother, May Lally / Siobhan Hand
On behalf of myself and my family I would like to thank all those that sent such kind messages of sympathy following the recent passing of my mother, May Lally RIP. It’s such a difficult time, especially during this pandemic and your cards, e-mails, texts, phone calls meant so much and gave us great comfort and support. To everyone that was able to call to the house and church…a big thank you. I know and appreciate that under the circumstances a lot of you were there in spirit and your presence was felt. A special word of thanks to my close colleagues/friends who have been such a wonderful support during this difficult time. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be celebrated for your intentions
Sports & Social
Walktober Challenge update / Brian Gray
Week 1 of the Walktober Challenge is now complete. How did you get on with the Virtual Challenge this week? A virtual trip around the beautiful hills of Donegal. For this 37km walk, teams needed to reach a team average of at least 49,300 steps by the end of the week (approximately 7,100 steps per person per day). Teams with that average or above will be entered into a draw to win some cool Walktober goodie packs from the NTA. The Week 2 Virtual Challenge where we will take a stop along the Great Western Greenway in County Mayo, which spans an impressive 43.5km. This old railway line has been transformed into a traffic-free walking and cycling trail. We will begin our virtual walk in the bustling, scenic town of Westport, walking through Newport and Mulranny while taking in the sights of Clew Bay before you come across the spectacular sights of Achill Sound. This is the first village you encounter when you cross from the mainland over to the wild and beautiful and picturesque Achill Island. At the end of this trip embrace the unrivalled Atlantic vistas from this island paradise and listen out for some Irish being spoken in this lively Gaeltacht village. For this virtual trip we will need to cover a weekly team average of 58,000 steps, approximately 8,200 steps per person per day. At the end of the challenge, all ESB teams who hit the weekly challenge targets will be entered in a draw for team prizes (One4All Vouchers). If you are struggling to figure out your steps due to the lack of a tracker or pedometer, here are some basic rule of thumb time based conversions; Walking for 15 minutes = 1100 steps or 1km, Running for 7 minutes = 1100 steps or 1km. Enjoy the challenge.