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Wednesday 19th May 2021 14:22

Farewell & Thanks

Patsy Grogan, GT is retiring / Brian O’Mahony
After 40 years of service, Patsy Grogan will be retiring from ESB on Friday 21st May 2021. Patsy spent his first year in Civil Works Department, before moving to the Erne hydro stations for 3 years. Having returned from Donegal in 1985, he resumed working in CWD on the construction of area offices and sub stations. In 1987, Patsy moved to the engineering consultancy area, then known as External Activities, working on projects in Ghana and Saudi Arabia. Patsy joined ESBI on its formation in 1989 and continued working on projects at home and abroad. One such project was the complete rehabilitation of the Electricity Sector in Lebanon, for which he spent 1995/96 in Beirut as part of an ESBI project management team responsible for project supervision on behalf of the funding agencies European Investment Bank and The World Bank. In 1997, Patsy landed what he describes as his dream job on the Aran Islands when ESB was connecting the offshore islands to the mainland electricity network via submarine cable and he oversaw the construction of the landing positions. In 1998, he moved to ESB Networks (known then as Distribution Department). He spent the following 10 years on the civil design of 38kV overhead lines, particularly on conflict resolution. In 2009, he transferred to what is now Generation and Trading as Civil Engineer responsible to the Thermal Stations.
Patsy will now be able to pursue his many interests on a full-time basis, including his love of bee keeping, for which he is widely known throughout ESB. Many of us will be hoping that he continues to provide us with occasional pots of honey. Patsy has made many friends during his long career in ESB and continues to keep in touch, even with those in the first office that he worked in 40 years ago. I am sure that all his colleagues, past and present, will want to wish Patsy, his wife Mary and his family 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 Patsy’s retirement with him in person, as we would like to do, but hopefully we will be able to mark Patsy’s retirement later in the year when restrictions ease further.

Siobhan Tinkler is retiring / Patricia Nolan
Our friend and colleague Siobhan Tinkler is retiring after 42 years of dedicated service to ESB and Siobhan’s last day ‘in the office’ will be this Friday the 21st May before she formally retires on the 2nd July 2021.
Siobhan has had many roles during her time in ESB where she started her career in January 1979 within The Dublin South District, Leopardstown Road where she worked for a number of years in a variety of roles from Consumers Unit, Payroll (Wages Unit), to Switchboard and Admin Unit.
In 1991 Siobhan moved to Corporate Affairs/Public Relations, ESB Head Office where she engaged in a wide range of roles making some impactful changes in the areas of Equality and Diversity.
In 2006 Siobhan moved to Networks, following which she moved to the PHR Project Time Management Team in 2007 before returning to Corporate Centre until 2009. From then up to 2015 Siobhan moved to Recruitment & Selection within the BSC later successfully transitioning to the Learning & Development team in 2015. In later years she will be best known for delivering ESB’s Induction Programmes to hundreds of new starters and delivering the Insights Programmes to teams throughout ESB and was also the Health & Wellbeing Champion for People Ops.
Anybody who has worked with Siobhan or has attended her numerous workshops and events over the years will know her for her bubbly, warm and engaging personality and her interests in all aspects of health and wellbeing within and outside of her role of Health & Wellbeing champion.
Siobhan has been a key member of the Learning & Development and wider People Operations team and will be missed as our colleague and friend and in particular the L & D team will miss her interesting conversations on everything from travel to yoga to photography.
We wish her every success and happiness for the new adventures in her life and career.
There will be a virtual event to mark Siobhan’s retirement on the 2nd July and further details of this event will follow nearer to this date.
Please e mail the PerformanceAndDevelopment e mail address: if you would like to come along to this event to bid Siobhan farewell and wish her well in her retirement and new adventures.

Tim Keating is retiring / peter warner
Tim Keating will walk down the 18th fairway in Wilton for the last time on 25th of May after joining the company on the same day in 1981.
Tim spent his first year with Transmission in Kilbarry before working for another 12 months in Killahora Area. In 1983 Tim became a meter reader and spent the next 20 years reading hundreds of thousands of domestic and commercial properties. During many of those years Tim also played an important role in several landmark projects – MOIP in Dublin, travelling the country to roll-out the first handheld devices to contract meter readers and he also spent a short time in Portlaoise District office. Tim joined the Meter Reading admin team in Wilton in 2003 and his vast working knowledge has been a great help to those of us currently working with him and the many who have passed through this office over the years.He will be sadly missed. Tim will also be missed by the wider ESBN family throughout County Cork as many would still be without a car or a couch were it not for his help as the local Savvy rep. We wish Tim and his wife Margaret many happy healthy years together as they embark on the next stage of their life journey. May they be blessed with the agility to climb into bunkers but hopefully the ability to stay out of them.