John calls it a day after over 43 years of dedicated service

John O'Keeney, centre, pictured with Micro-Bio directors Denis O'Brien and Paddy Staunton along with family and colleagues as he retired after over 43 years at the plant.

After over 43 years, John O’Keeney got the ‘golden handshake’ and bid farewell to colleagues at Micro-Bio in Fermoy on Friday last, as he retired from his position in the plant.

In March 1981, the Fermoy man began his career in the company, having applied for the position through a friend. Working in shifts at the manufacturing plant, John’s job involved operating the chlorine plant and a lot of testing, with his work based mainly in the lab.

By the time his work at Micro-Bio came to an end last week, John O’Keeney was the longest-serving operator and despite only eight being on shift, in that space of time, he had known 23 different operators.

“I met a lot of friends there, lost a few. I must say I enjoyed my 43 years there. It paid my mortgage and put my kids through college. It helped out with three weddings!” John said.

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