Paddy logs off at end of a 40-year newspaper career
WHEN Paddy Winter started work in People Newspapers nearly forty years ago there were no computers, just clanking great machines called Linotypes which spewed out lines of type cast from molten lead as quickly as the operator could key in the words.
Paddy was a master of the Linotype, making them produce lines of type faster than anyone else could, but also figuring out ways to keep them working while others were still wondering why they'd stopped.
As the computer gradually began to replace the Linotype, Paddy embraced the new technology quicker than most. So much so that he was the one others turned to whenever their computer was refusing to work.
So it was almost inevitable that when newspapers became fully computerised, Paddy would be the one in the vanguard of implementing and maintaining the new computer systems.
Since the mid-80s he has held various IT positions within the company, broadening his scope in the last number of years to become Group IT Manager for INM Regionals, which meant overseeing systems in Kerry, Drogheda and Sligo, along with Wexford.
All along the way Paddy's cheery dispostion and unflappable good nature ensured he made friends in whichever office he visited.
It was no surprise then that when Paddy's retirement 'do' took place in Wexford, staff members and colleagues literally travelled from all over to wish him well.
They congregated in T. Morris pub to raise a glass or two to Paddy and wish him a long and happy retirement.
INM Regionals CEO Ger Walsh was on hand to pay tribute to Paddy and his thirty-eight years of exemplary service, while Operations Director Michael Ryan made a presentation to him on behalf of the company.
His colleagues also made a presentation to him, including a framed 'special edition' Wexford People front page, as well as a specially commissioned cake in the shape of a caravan.
Caravanning is a hobby of Paddy's – one that he should have more time to indulge now that work won't be getting in the way. Joyeux voyages!