Denis O’Donovan’s last day was marked with presentations from the council engineer and his colleagues. The Bandon man had mixed emotions on his final day.
“It was tough finishing up after such a long time,” he told The Echo. “I will have to get used to having no routine and not working on a daily basis. Richard Cahill, the new engineer, made a lovely presentation to me to mark my service, which was unexpected.
“There was also a card and a collection from my colleagues. I am really grateful to have worked with some great people.”
Denis started working with the Cork County Council in 1990. He was generally based in the Bandon area on the weekdays, while for the last 20 years he was also responsible for maintaining the streets of Bandon town every Sunday morning. Denis enjoyed helping out in his native town.
When news emerged in recent weeks that Denis was due to retire, the many well-wishes and tributes paid to him on social media were testament to his great work in the area. He was blown away by the goodwill.
“I was completely blown away by the reception I have received since I retired. It is mind-boggling. I wasn’t expecting it at all. I am very grateful and appreciative. It is nice to have done my bit to help the town.”
The former council employee is looking forward to more time for his hobbies and home.
“I am retiring in good health. I have a long list of jobs to do at home. I enjoy gardening and fishing. I am looking forward to playing darts again when restrictions are lifted.”