Well-known local man Liam McCormack bid farewell to Ardee Fire Service last night, after 36 years of sterling service.
A special presentation was made to Liam at the Fire Station at the Fair Green on Monday evening, shortly before his last shift came to an end – including a very special cake to mark his retirement.
Liam is very well-known to locals around the town through his work for Louth County Council and the Ardee Fire Service and ends his association with the brigade after – to be precise – 36 and a half years as a firefighter, all of it in Ardee. He first started working at Ardee Fire Station in 1980.
Liam has served as Station Officer since Hugh McMahon’s retirement in 2013 and previous to that he was Sub Officer.
Amongst those in attendance to thank Liam for his decades of selfless service was cathaoirleach of the Ardee Municipal District Dolores Minogue, Independent councillor Jim Tenanty and chairman of the Ardee Traders & Business Association Hughie O’Neill. Members of the Dunleer Fire Service also came to the town for the occasion.
Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie, Minogue paid tribute to Liam’s dedication and hard work. “I’d just like to recognise his great service and congratulate and thank him for his great service. It’s more than a job. He has given so much committment and dedication to something that is not always a pleasant job.
“His service to the area is greatly appreciated by the public,” she said. “It was lovely to see his father there and his sisters and of course all of the ex-firefighters, like Sean Nulty and Hugh McMahon, who have also put in great service over the years.
“They’re a family of the their own there and they offer each other tremendous support.”