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STATS CARD NAME: Harry Doyle OCCUPATION: Maintenance fitter DEPARTMENT: PowerGen FAMILY: Wife Phyllis. Daughters Niamh, Linda, Frances. Son John HOME TOWN: Allen, Co. Kildare GAME ON HARRY DOYLE ENJOYS WORKING IN EDENDERRY POWER BUT HIS REAL PASSION IS FOOTBALL. NO SURPRISE THEN THAT HE DIDN’T HANG UP HIS BOOTS UNTIL HE WAS 52! Q Q What does your job in Bord na Móna entail? I’m a maintenance fitter at Edenderry Power. I came here initially with Fortum Engineering [the Finnish contractor] that built the plant – I worked with them for five or six years. They were big into worker participation and empowerment and innovative systems, so it was a good project to work on in a greenfield site. Where else did you work before Bord na Móna? I started my apprenticeship in 1968 with the ESB at Allenwood Power Station. After my apprenticeship finished, I got a permanent job in Poolbeg. Then I moved to Roadstone. That was a complete change of scenery, working with sand, gravel, and cement. Then I worked in a new Black & Decker factory 20 | Source Spring 2013 in Kildare – another greenfield, turnkey operation with new innovative systems. Q Are you positive about the future at work? Edenderry Power is still producing 120MW of electricity and there’s a peaking plant here now and wind farms, so that’s all positive for the future. The key word is ‘jobs’ today and people are concerned about the loss of the PSO [Public Service Obligation] license in 2015. Peat has been a great servant to families in the Midlands, but the future of Edenderry is biomass, so if we don’t go down that road, we’re going down no road. Change can be difficult. People have to be flexible, that’s how we’re going to survive. My job has changed since I served my time, but if you get the basic core skills in training, you’ll have them all your life and be able to adapt them. Q What interests do you have outside work? I was born in Lowtown, Co. Kildare – it’s the 19th lock on the Grand Canal and the highest level on the Grand Canal – and I was always mad keen on football. When I worked with ESB, there were two industrial championships: the Factory League and the ESB Championship. I played with Allenwood, Rhode & Portarlington – we had eight inter-county players who used to play with Laois, Kildare and Offaly. We won the ESB Championship twice – there was great rivalry between plants and it was great to play against lads you’d have read about in the newspapers. You’d be keeping an eye on those players, looking at their style of play and seeing if you could spot any weaknesses.

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Bord na Móna - Source Issue 11
News From
Crisis Management
Midland Power
Clean Energy Future
The Need for Change
The Gathering
Game On
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Bord na Móna - Source Issue 11