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Friday 20 July 2018

Rita looking forward to 'Me' time!

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Rita Duggan on her retirement from St. Bridget’s Day Centre (from left) back – Jennifer O’Brien, Tara Kenny, Trish Whelan, Martin Sinnott, Joe Woods, Mary Finnegan, Marzena Mastek and Stella Byrne; seated – Sean Kinsella, Mairead O’Sullivan, Rita Duggan, Leon Duggan and Bridget Breen
Rita Duggan on her retirement from St. Bridget’s Day Centre (from left) back – Jennifer O’Brien, Tara Kenny, Trish Whelan, Martin Sinnott, Joe Woods, Mary Finnegan, Marzena Mastek and Stella Byrne; seated – Sean Kinsella, Mairead O’Sullivan, Rita Duggan, Leon Duggan and Bridget Breen

Anna Hayes

Almost 30 years of service was celebrated at St Bridget's Day Centre recently when Senior Carer Rita Duggan found herself at the centre of a party marking her retirement.

Rita, from Liam Mellows, has worked in the centre since it began offering daycare services and was very popular with staff and members alike. A very proactive worker, Rita ran the centre's Facebook page and was very efficient in organising various activities at the centre.

Centre nurse Mairead O'Sullivan said that while she had only been working at St Bridget's since last October, Rita had made her feel very welcome:

'She has great empathy for people and puts them at ease. We like to think she's 're-wiring' rather than retiring! She'll be hugely missed and we'd love for her to stay involved in the centre.'

A keen runner, Rita has used that passion to fundraise for the centre over the years. She has run marathons in Dublin and London and, has no intention of slowing down just yet.

Rita said: 'I'm looking forward to getting back to the running and doing it more seriously. I'll do some gardening as well and my husband Sean and I are going on holiday in the summer.'

She added that with two grandchildren, Leon and Aaron, who she sees almost every day, and an elderly mother, she planned to enjoy lots of family time and 'Me time', adding that she might consider taking on an educational course in September.

She knew her colleagues had been planning some kind of send-off and said that it was a 'bittersweet occasion' having worked at the centre for so long. But, she said that she wasn't too far away and could call in if she was missing people: 'At the moment, it just feels like I'm on holiday so it will take a few weeks to get used to.'

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