Well, as far as we can see, only Dave Kearney from Gleesons in Booterstown, South County Dublin, still has his hand up.
Dave has only recently retired as Manager of Gleesons.
Back in 1973, Frank Gleeson recruited Dave from The Horse Show House in Ballsbridge, D4. Dave had just finished a three-year apprenticeship [remember those? – Ed] begun in 1970.
A huge part of the subsequent development at the Booterstown Gleesons, Dave was the ultimate professional and passed on his skills to literally hundreds of staff down through the years.
Not only was Dave an incredibly popular figure with all Gleeson’s customers, he was even more popular with every one of its staff.
John & Ciaran Gleeson wish Dave a long and happy retirement with Rosaleen and his family, as do we here at Drinks Industry Ireland.