THERE WAS a certain irony about what proved to be a memorable and quite nostalgic event.
Night porter Michael Wilkins said his farewells to Newpark Hotel with an 8am staff breakfast.
Memory lane beckoned as Michael clocked out for the final time after 36 happy years on the Night team at the city hotel.
To thank him for his service Newpark Hotel hosted the breakfast party to mark Michael’s last shift.
Later, he enjoyed an evening meal in his honour with his family and colleagues.
Originally from Northern Ireland, and now living in Dunnamaggin, Kilkenny, Michael has been an integral part of the Night Team in Newpark Hotel since 1982.
Before that, he spent time working in England as a train driver, as well as time with the Greyhound Racing Association.
Over the years Michael was a welcoming face to many a weary guest in the wee hours of the night.
He was responsible for greeting guests, making meals and fixing drinks for them, ensuring that they were all secure during the night.
Michael was a key driver behind the calming influence that has shaped the Night Team to what it is today.
This is part of a huge and proud legacy he leaves behind.
His assistance with the smooth running of the department is something his colleagues and associates will truly miss.
Acknowledging the contribution that Michael has made to Newpark Hotel over circa three and a half decades, General Manager Mark Dunne said Michael will be greatly missed as a work colleague and as a friend to so many who have had the pleasure of working with him.
“It’s a great testament to Michael’s loyalty and commitment that he worked in Newpark Hotel under two owners and four general managers in his time in the hotel.
“He also worked in the transition periods of going from a 30-bedroom hotel to a 130-bedroom hotel. We wish him a long and happy retirement.”