PEOPLE retire all the time but few do so with the level of service behind them that Daniel Keenan will have when he departs CIE for the last time on Friday.
For when the Parnell Park man clocks out for the last time this week, he will have served the company for almost 49 years.
"It's more than two lifetimes," joked Daniel on Monday.
Originally from Ballymascanlon, Daniel also lived in Feede Cross and Faughart before settling in his current residence in Parnell Park. In many ways he was born to work in CIE with his father and grandfather also working for the company.
"My father and his father before him both worked a lifetime in CIE and I'm the last of the old GNR crowd.
"I started in 1962 as an apprentice mechanic at the age of 15 and went full-time in 1967.
"I finished my 48th year on September 10 and I'm into my 49th year now. I've been lucky to work with some great men over the years and I'll take away some great memories from the place.
"I was always happy at my work and I always enjoyed it. I'm very happy to be leaving in good health and I've been involved in ballroom dancing for a couple of years, helping to run competitions and that sort of thing, so that will keep me busy," he said.
Daniel, who is married to Eithna (nee Tinley from Rostrevor) is the proud father of four children, Martin, Elaine, Dermot and Sharon and was actively involved in local sport during his youth, running with Mountpleasant AC, playing GAA with Roche Emmets and soccer with St Joseph's.
A presentation to him will be made at the Bus Eireann garage on the Ardee Road this morning (Wednesday) at 10.30am before his retirement on Friday.