Michael, a popular local man spent the last thirty seven years of his life with Glanbia Meats. Having served his apprenticeship with Roscrea Meat Products he moved away from Roscrea to work in Dublin and later with Bord Na Mona in Offaly. He later returned to Roscrea and started work in what proved to be a long and illustrious career, when he joined the old Bacon Factory, Bunkers Hill in 1967 as a maintenance technician and was appointed Plant Engineer of the factory in the late seventy's. Michael would continue in this demanding role throughout the 1980's, a period which saw the factory taken over by its new owners Avonmore, who later changed their name to Glanbia PLC.
John Madden C.E.O. Glanbia Meat Division, Makes A Presentation To Michael
On The Evening Of Michael's Retirement
One of the highlights of Michael's career took place in 1989 when the first sod was turned in the present Carrig Factory where he was responsible for the design, layout and equipment selection for the plant, which went into operation one year later in 1990. Almost twelve years on in January 2002, Michael handed over the engineering responsibilities to his successor, Frank Begley who had earlier joined the Company. Michael was then appointed Project Engineer with responsibility for a Multi Million Euro Expansion Programme, which the company undertook to extend its facility in Carrig which has resulted in Glanbia Meats, Roscrea Division, becoming one of the leading meat plants in Europe and one of the biggest employers in the area at present.
In Michael's thirty-seven years with Glanbia Meats he has worked on numerous projects within Glanbia Meat Division at home and abroad. His last project however and his involvement in the establishment of the Carrig Plant in 1990 means Michael can be very proud to have made a major contribution to a legacy of tremendous economic and social proportions that future generations of Roscrea People will hopefully look back upon and be grateful for in the years to come.
Pat O' Halloran Makes A Final Presentation To Michael
On The Night Of His Retirement
Away from the factory, Michael like his father the late Tony McEvoy RIP, always involved himself in community activities. He was a founder member of the Tipperary Model Flying Club in 1975 and was actively involved in the formation of the Ormond Flying Club in the early eighties. Both clubs still flourish today. He has also been involved with St. Anne's fund raising committee for over twenty years and they are currently arranging a golf classis in Roscrea on Saturday 19th June next. Among Michael's other interests are his love for traditional music and now and then he takes the accordion off the shelf for the odd session.
On the night of Michael's retirement a large gathering of his colleagues throughout the Glanbia Meat Division attended a function in the Thatch, Crinkle, where presentations were made to him by the Management of Glanbia and the colleagues he has worked with over the years. Amongst the many tributes Michael received on the night, he was summed up as a modest man of great resourcefulness and wide interests coupled with tremendous loyalty and integrity. To conclude the tributes and presentations, Michael and his wife Betty were wished a long life and happiness in their retirement.
Addressing the large attendance Michael then took the opportunity to thank all his colleagues for their continued support and encouragement throughout the years. Michael said it was a privilege to work with so many loyal and dedicated people. He said his colleagues were like a second family to him, and he concluded by wishing Glanbia, and all it's loyal staff, every success for the future.