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Colleagues, Friends and Family gathered recently in Canal Court Hotel, Newry to mark the retirement of one of ABP’s longest serving employees Dickie Callan.

Roger Sheahan, General Manager, ABP, Newry makes a presentation to Dickie Callan on the occasion of his retirement from ABP. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Roger Sheahan, General Manager, ABP, Newry makes a presentation to Dickie Callan on the occasion of his retirement from ABP. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Dickie began work with ABP in Ravensdale back in 1966. Over the next thirty years, as the company expanded around Ireland in many diverse areas of the Agri Food sector, Dickie move up and down the country, training staff, developing work practices and overseeing structural changes in often out dated facilities.

Dickie Callan at his retirement night in Newry with his wife Patricia, their daughter Mandy and son David. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Dickie Callan at his retirement night in Newry with his wife Patricia, their daughter Mandy and son David. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

As Roger Sheahan, Plant Manager in ABP Newry, pointed out no matter the distance, Dickie always made it back to the family in Dundalk.

Dickie Callan pictured with ABP staff at his retirement night in the Canal Court Hotel in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Dickie Callan pictured with ABP staff at his retirement night in the Canal Court Hotel in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

It was clear from the many personal tributes paid on the evening, the high esteem in which Dickie Callan was held. This was particularly noticeable from the warm words expressed by staff, many of whom had joined ABP Newry as young people or as foreign employee over the last twenty-five years.

Dickie Callan pictured with some of his many friends from ABP at his retirement night in the Canal Court Hotel in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Dickie Callan pictured with some of his many friends from ABP at his retirement night in the Canal Court Hotel in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

It was clear that Dickie had gone way over and above in his role as floor manager to not only train and encourage these young people, but also ensure they were taken care off as they settled into work in what was for many a new experience or indeed living and working in a different culture. 

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