Denis retires after 18 years service

Wishing Denis well as he winds down on his time at O'Donnell's Vehicle Test Centre, are l-r: Karen, Julie, Sheila, Donnacha, Tomás, and Diarmaid Mullins.

The sun has set on the long and fruitful career of Denis Mullins, who retired recently from O’Donnell’s Vehicle Test Centre in Mitchelstown, where he has worked for the past 18 years. 

Prior to that, beginning in 1975, the bulk of his working life was spent with Mitchelstown Creameries. His love of vehicles, and all things mechanical, started when he was a child ‘playing with engines’ at his uncle’s garage, Billy Mescall’s in Watergrasshill. This love was further nurtured at Mitchelstown Vocational School, where one of his subjects was metalwork.

Having completed his trade apprenticeship and exams, he continued his studies by travelling to Limerick and Cork for evening courses, which culminated in his success in the finals of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE London) Exams in 1983 in the Regional Technical College, Cork (now Munster Technological University; MTU), and the distinction of having achieved the highest marks of any student in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Britain.  

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