SAYING GOODBYE: Kay Doona, who after 20 years of service, is leaving Murphy’s bar in College Street Killarney. Pic: Dylan Clifford.

By Michelle Crean

Murphy’s Bar has been filled with both tears and laughter as staff and customers paid a fond farewell to a loyal employee who gave 20 years-service.

Kay Doona pulled her last pint in the College Street bar, owned by Sean and Máire Murphy, on Wednesday night as she finished her last ever shift before beginning a new career as a Special Needs Assistant in Holy Cross Mercy Primary School this coming September.

And not alone did Kay have one party – but two, on Sunday and Wednesday, and was lavished with gifts and tributes from all who had the pleasure of her company over the years, explained work colleague Marian O’Connor.

“It was like the long goodbye and it was very emotional,” Marian told the Killarney Advertiser yesterday (Thursday).
“She’s had a phenomenal effect on all of us. Kay can walk into a room – she has this fabulous personality – and can put everyone at ease. She’s got an infectious laugh with a Mrs Brown sense of humour.”

Gifts included vouchers, a weekend away and a bracelet to go with a watch she received for her 50th birthday, she added.
“She even got a call from a customer in America. She’ll be a huge loss here, the customers and staff loved her.”

FAREWELL: Kay Doona with her colleagues who are bidding her farewell from Murphy’s Bar after 20 years of service. Pic: Dylan Clifford.