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Tuesday 23rd March 2021 14:24

Farewell & Thanks

Dave Longworth is retiring on 26 March /
Our colleague and friend Dave Longworth will be retiring from ESB at the end of March after more than 45 years dedicated service with ESB Networks. His last working day will be Friday 26th March. Dave started his career in September 1975, spending 4 years in Athlone before moving to Dublin in 1979 where he joined the Pembroke Stations team. In 1982, Dave moved to Bedford Row Operations and then relocated to South Lotts Road in the mid 90’s where he continued as a member of the Dublin Central Operations team. In 2005, Dave moved to his current role as Control Room Operator in the National Distribution Control Centre in Leopardstown, making a significant contribution here for the last 16 years. Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions it is not possible to celebrate Dave’s retirement with him in person as we would like but hopefully we will be able to do something later in the year. We wish Dave, his wife Helen, and their family all the best for the future.

Martin Conroy is retiring on June 3rd but leaving the “virtual” work on 30 March /
After more than 42 years of stellar service, Martin Conroy will be retiring from ESB on June 3rd although, due to annual leave, his last official working day will be March 30th. Martin has been a thorough gentleman, professional, mentor and source of immense knowledge over a long and illustrious career. It all began in October 1978 when Martin joined ESB as an apprentice electrician. Prior to completing his apprenticeship Martin moved into Distribution Department (38kV substations) working as an electrician involved in construction, operation, maintenance, fault repair and retirement of substations.
In 2002, Martin was appointed Supervisor Stations & Cables in Wilton. He then moved to the role of Supervisor Major Projects, Wilton. In this role he led the Major Projects South winning team in the Gerry Campbell Safety award. In 2006 he moved to the busy role of Customer Services Supervisor, City Operations.
In 2009, Martin was appointed Project Leader HV stations East (Waterford, Portlaoise & Enniscorthy). Martin went back to his roots in 2011 as Project Leader HV Stations South.
In 2013, Martin took on the first of a number of Safety roles when he was appointed as Competence & Assurance Manager, ESBN. Here he made a huge contribution to safe systems of work including design, production and publication of Substations Handbooks, revised approach to safety audits on site. In 2016, he was appointed Safety Manager (Fibre to the Building), then in 2017 Organisation Transformation Manager (ESBN).
As part of OER, in November 2018: Martin moved to the role of Safety, Health & Environment Manager (Engineering and Major Projects). He brought his many years safety and construction experience to a new Business Unit charged with delivering major projects for ESB.
Whatever the role, or whatever the time in his career, Martin has always been a thorough gentleman, a great craftsman, source of technical knowledge, teacher of others, organiser, leader, confidant and friend. Martin has been a great exponent and promoter of safety and has made a lasting positive mark on ESB in that regard.
Martin’s retirement celebration will take place in early June, by whatever means appropriate at that time, but for now as he leaves ESB next week we wish him, wife Geraldine and family, health and happiness and thank him for all that he has done.


Thank you from Rebecca Robinson / Rebecca Robinson
My family and I would like to express our sincere and humble thanks to all my friends and colleagues within ESB who sympathised with us on my Dad’s sad passing.
At this time of restrictions, the online messages and cards received have provided great comfort and we are so grateful to everyone for taking the time to let us know we were in their thoughts.
I would also like to thank you for the support I received during Dad’s illness, you’ll never know how much that meant to me. Thank you, Rebecca.