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2 August/ September 2013 • www.esb.ie/em NEWS Draw results ELECTRICAID DONATIONS SPORTSCODRAW BERNIE HEALY Editor’s desk Hello and welcome to the August/ September edition of EM. What a wonderful few weeks we have had – a summer at last. This was particularly welcome when EM visited West Cork and the Mizen Peninsula recently to report on the recent upgrading of the networks there from 10kV to 20kV. We often think how great it must be to be a Networks Technician in areas such as West Cork, Kerry, Connemara and Donegal. That is of course when we visit on a nice sunny day and the scenery looks stunning. It’s easy to forget that these same crews also have to work in these areas, which are more exposed to the elements and the harsh Atlantic storms, in all weathers. Unseasonal weather over recent years has meant that no longer can we breathe a sigh of relief at the end of February and think we are over the worst! Let us not also forget all our other staff who weather the storms to get into their stations, offices, depots and contact centres to bring the best possible service to our customers. So enjoy the great weather while we can and the welcome sunshine. June Draw €3,000 Kathleen McNamee, Head Office €1,500 James O’Looney, retired €500 Paul Donnelly, Santry €200 Bernadette Stewart, retired €200 Miriam Graham, Head Office €200 Patrick Kelly,Waterford €200 Michael Kelly, Moneypoint €200 David O’Shea, retired July Draw €3,000 James Leahy, retired €1,500 William Crossan, Portlaoise €500 Diane Mullooly, Lough Ree €200 Mary Cullen, retired €200 John Costello, retired €200 Pearse Crilly, HO €200 Martin Lynch, Head Office €200 John Stafford, retired RESULTS OF MADSOC DRAW FOR APRIL 2013 €2,000 €150 €150 €150 €150 €150 THE MEN’S GROUP in Bedford Row Family Project received a great boost recently when ElectricAid granted €7,500 to the Group to undertake an educational/ activities programme for the next year. Some of the grant will be used to improve the building so this programme can take place. The Group have between 12 and 14 members and have been meeting for two years with very little funding. It is led by Volunteer John Carmody and Social Worker Brian McNulty. n RESULTS OF MADSOC DRAW FOR MAY 2013 €2,000 €150 €150 €150 €150 €150 Noelle Heavey Sean Keyes Mary C. Stewart Ann Collins Michael Kelly Ann Scully WOULD YOU LIKE TO RECEIVE A NXTBOOK VERSION OF EM? Kind regards, ONE HR – COMBINING OUR CAPABILITY Kieran Garrett Martin Thompson Brian O’Rourke Lisa Fleming Lisa Roche David McKenna Pictured is Melissa Butler, ESB handing over the cheque to Larry de Cléir, Bedford Row, with Group Leader John Carmody and members Adrian Kelly, Brendan Doyle, and Eddie Kiely in attendance, with Tony Merriman of ElectricAid. You are helping to save the planet. You are helping to reduce printing costs. To receive a Netbook version of EM please send your name, address and email to bernie. healy@esb.ie. Worker Director Tony Merriman and Kristin Quinn presenting a donation to the Gateway Mental Health Project, Rathmines. The donation will support training in the WRAP positive mental health initiative. SPORTSCO wins friendliest business award Please contact: Bernie Healy, Editor T (01) 702 7402 (office) extn. 27402 (internal) M 087 261 5514 F (01) 676 0727 internal outlook address: Healy.Bernie external email address: Bernie.healy@esb.ie Administrative Assistant: Anne Deignan T (01) 702 6282 (office) extn. 26282 (internal) M 087 280 6615 (mobile) F (01) 676 0727 internal outlook address: Deignan.Anne external email address: Anne.deignan@esb.ie ESB GAA FOOTBALLERS will compete to retain their firm grip on the cup when they take on Bord Gáis in Pairc Ui Chiarain Athlone, on Friday evening September 6th. This will be the third year of the annual challenge and it is proving to be a very popular event in the sporting calendars of the two companies. ESB colleague and former Offaly footballer Ciaran McManus has captained the ESB to victory on the two previous occasions and there is no Break a leg! 8 Celebrating 30 years of ESB MADSOC ESB MUSICAL & Dramatic Society was revived in 1984 as ESB MADSOC with a show aptly named Phoenix 84, which incorporated a one-act comedy – The Wedding Feast and a variety show, Time Goes By. ESB MADSOC is now fastapproaching its 30th birthday in 2014. The society would not be reaching this milestone and still be in existence were it not for the generosity of fellow workers and friends countrywide – both retired and current. The society is very appreciative of the funding raised from contributions to the society’s monthly draw. The committee is small and hardworking, while musical director Gay Kirwan has been involved from the very start and is one of ESB’s own. Christine Scarry, who performed in many of the dramatic shows in the past, now holds the prestigious role of MADSOC director. SEAN MURRAY Closing date: Competitions and crosswords must be returned by September 13th. Deadlines: The deadline for articles, photos, etc. for the next issue is September 13th. We are always delighted to receive items for publication. Published by ESB Corporate Communications & Public Affairs Produced by Zahra Media Group First Floor, Zoe House, Church Road, Greystones, Co. Wicklow. E custom@zahramediagroup.com www.esb.ie The views expressed in EM are not necessarily those of ESB. ESB supports recycling www.repak.ie Please recycle this paper doubt Bord Gáis captain and current Cork county star Fintan Gould will be anxious to turn around these two previous Ciaran McManus. defeats. Both companies will have their CEOs in attendance: Pat O’Doherty of ESB and Michael McNicholas of Bord Gáis. n MADSOC competed in John Player Tops in 1986 and won the Dublin final on this, their maiden voyage. In 1988, they went on to win the national final, which was televised live from the Gaiety Theatre. They then turned their attention to concert and performed Summer Song at the National Concert Hall. More recent shows include Showtime 75, Key Musicals, Mad About Musicals and A Little Light Music. A special anniversary concert is planned for the National Concert Hall on Saturday March 1st, 2014. Details will be advised nearer the time. n ESB MADSOC was nominated for a number of AIMS awards and had great success over the years with many musical hits, including Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd, Chess and Big Maggie. Appreciation Page 4 EM welcomes news, views, articles, letters, photos and feedback on any topic. All submitted articles should preferably be emailed. ANNUAL ENERGY FLOODLIT CUP CHALLENGE 2013 SPORTSCO HAS BEEN awarded with the ‘Disability Friendliness Award’ at the Junior Chamber International Dublin Friendly Business Awards. The event took place in the Mansion House on June 17th, 2013. SPORTSCO provides programmes designed to enhance people’s health and wellbeing in an enjoyable, friendly and relaxed atmosphere through the delivery of programmes that will cater for our diverse user groups, which range from children right through to senior citizens. It is SPORTSCO’s intention to strive for excellent quality through the delivery of a friendly and professional service at all times. Achieving this award is fantastic recognition of our continuous efforts and will provide us with an excellent motivational tool for all staff. We would like to thank the JCI for this award and we look forward to celebrating our success with our 7,000 members. n ON JUNE 4TH last, Sean Murray, former Chief Chemist at ESB, passed away at the age of 91. Sean was a man of many talents with wide ranging interests. Born into a strongly nationalist family in Dublin, his father served with Michael Collins in the War of Independence. During the war years Sean worked in Dublin but studied chemistry and pharmacy at night, qualifying in both. In 1944 he married Kathleen McSweeney, after which the couple moved to England where he worked for the department of supply and later the department of atomic energy all over the northwest. Ten years later saw the couple return to Ireland where he initially joined Bord Na Móna and later joined ESB in 1955. Sean became an expert in power station metallurgy and chemistry. He was promoted to Chief Chemist of ESB and based in Poolbeg but travelled all over the country. With Rural Electrification demanding more power – Sean advised on the materials required in the many plants being built. Sean set up the ESB Sailing Club and in 1978 won the Arthur Newsome Trophy, the premier Dublin Bay sailing club award, sailing in the beautiful wooden Mermaid. His ruffian, Icicle, was used for training many young sailors including Olympic pioneer Cathy MacAleavey. Sean continued to sail and win in this boat well into his 80s. With a deep interest in Ulysses, Sean entertained with his observations on the book regularly at the annual National YC Bloomsday lunch. He was fluent in Spanish, German and French as a result of his travels including Patagonia, the Great Barrier Reef and the Atlas Mountains. Sean sadly lost his beloved wife Kay in 2011 and is survived by his children Jack, Colm, Eileen and Paul. May he rest in peace. n http://www.esb.ie/em http://www.esb.ie http://www.fsc.org http://www.repak.ie

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