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In Pictures: Much loved Knockbeg College caretaker retires

Friday, January 31, marked the end of an era for Knockbeg College, as friends and family of Tony Monaghan gathered in The Lord Bagenal to celebrate his contribution to the College as caretaker over the past 20 years.

Many teaching staff, current and former, kitchen and domestic staff, secretarial and ancillary staff, as well as various personnel who worked with Tony over the years, turned up to bid farewell to the much loved caretaker.

Tony was the man responsible for the up keep of the school. He was, and had to be, a jack of all trades – caretaker, general maintenance, plumber, electrician, gardener; the list goes on.

Tony had a great rapport with everybody in Knockbeg and was highly regarded by all.

This was reflected in the many colleagues, friends and family members who joined with him to mark this special occasion.

Tony will be fondly missed in the Knockbeg community and by his own admission he will miss the banter and the camaraderie.

A spokesperson for Knockbeg said: “We wish Tony all the best in his retirement and hope he enjoys a long, happy and healthy life.

“Thanks Tony from all in Knockbeg.”

Check out some great pictures below:

Evelyn Nolan, Mary Kelly, Marion Heary, Margaret Fennelly & Bernie Taylor wishing Tony well on his retirement.
Jarlath Bolger and Ailbhe Ní Chuilinn presented Tony with a framed portrait of images by Gillian Tierney, which best illustrated his time in Knockbeg, on behalf of the staff. @hanselhousedesign
Tony celebrating his retirement with family at the Lord Bagenal recently

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.