RETIREMENT: Former Killarney Town Engineer Donal Mangan makes a presentation to Patrick ‘Patsy’ McCarthy who retired this week after nearly 34 years of service in local and County Councils. Picture: Sean Moriarty

 

 
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By Sean Moriarty
 
 
 
 
Current and former work colleagues gathered at the Killarney Municipal depot in Woodlands Industrial Estate to bid farewell to Patrick ‘Patsy’ McCarthy who retired this week after nearly 34 years of service in local and County Councils.
 
The Glenflesk man was a popular member of team since he started in 1986.
 
Over the years he travelled the highways and byways of the county, particularly in the Rathmore area, as part of County Council’s road gangs. In recent years he was employed as a caretaker by the town council.
“There is no doubt about it, we enjoyed our time on the road,” Patsy told the Killarney Advertiser.
 
One of his first jobs for the Council was the construction of the ornate stone wall that runs from opposite the camping and caravan site to the entrance to Hilliard’s Farm on the Muckross Road.
 
When that was completed in late 1986 he was one of the first group of workers to be assigned to the under-construction bypass road.
Former Town Engineer, Donal Mangan, yesterday (Thursday) paid tribute to the work ethic and loyalty.
“He was an exceptional guy, he had a great head and had a solution to every problem,” he said. “And he was a very loyal man to his employers.”
 
Killarney Municipal District officer, Eileen O’Donoghue, praised his high standard of work.
“Patsy was totally dedicated to his work and worked hard throughout his career with the Council. He planned each job with great precision before commencing the job and each job would be completed to a very high standard,” she said.
 
Patsy is going to spend his new found free time with his six grandchildren but he is not finished with the Council just yet. He will dedicate a few hours a week to the upkeep of the new burial ground at Knockeendubh.
 
 
 
 
 
 
RETIREMENT: Former Killarney Town Engineer Donal Mangan makes a presentation to Patrick ‘Patsy’ McCarthy who retired this week after nearly 34 years of service in local and County Councils. Picture: Sean Moriarty
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