RETIREMENTS: Three members of Killarney Municipal District, Chris Brosnan (Firies), James O’Leary (Ballyspillane) and Dermot O’Connor (O’Kelly’s Villas), who have 90 years’ service completed have retired. They are pictured with Noel O’Leary (Town Foreman).


By Michelle Crean

It’s a case of where everybody knows your name – as three town workers with a combined 90 years’ service – have retired from their roles with Killarney Municipal District.

Christy Brosnan, Dermot O’Connor and Jimmy O’Leary are well-known faces as the ourdoor staff who constantly meet members of the public have each shown outstanding commitment, dedication and service to the town of Killarney.

Dermot,who resides in O’Kellys Villas, retired on October 28 with 40 years service completed. He became a permanent member of the outdoor staff with the Killarney Urban District Council in 1983. Dermot started with the Street Cleaning section and later transferred over to Refuse Collection. For the past 24 years he was a permanent fixture on the streets of the town. He was a well-known sight with his cart, sweeping the streets – always with a smile on his face. Dermot helped to ensure that the streets of Killarney always looked pristine.

Jimmy O’Leary residing in Ballyspillane, retired on October 20 following 20 years’ service with Kerry County Council. Jimmy was a member of the street cleaning department throughout his service. Like Dermot, he was out on the streets early in the mornings, before shop shutters had raised. He worked tirelessly, maintaining our streets, lanes and roads to the highest standards. He loved his many encounters with the people on the streets and it many a story he could tell. He was a great hand at giving directions and recommendations to the visitors to the town and always with a smile on his face.

Christopher (Christy) Brosnan retired on August 26 after nearly 30 years of service with Kerry County Council. From Firies, Christy started his employment with the former Killarney Urban District Council. He worked in all sections at varying times, starting in the Street Cleaning section and also serving in the Roads, Refuse and Gardening departments over the years. Christy carried out his duties to an extremely high standard and worked hard throughout his career with the Council. Christy always had time to stop and chat with locals and tourists alike.

All of their colleagues in the Killarney MD wish Christy, Dermot and Jimmy a very happy retirement.