Fond farewell paid to Limerick lady for her 40 years credit union service 

Donal O'Regan


Donal O'Regan


Fond farewell paid to Limerick lady for her 40 years credit union service 

Enda Heffernan, John O’Connor, Marie Keating, Pat Hennessy make a presentation to Esther Ryan, who has retired after 38 years with St Ailbe’s Credit Union in east Limerick

STAYING within the same organisation for over a decade is becoming rarer and rarer which makes Esther Ryan’s 38 years of service to St Ailbe’s Credit Union more remarkable.

The Adare native settled in Caherconlish in the late seventies. Esther got involved with the credit union after its inception as a volunteer. She served on the board and held the position of treasurer for a number of years. She was appointed as a part-time staff member advancing to a full time employee and onto manager in the early nineties. Esther was very proud to see assets grow in excess of €40m, providing a network of five offices serving the members in the greater part of east Limerick.

John O’Connor, St Ailbe’s chairperson, said: “Esther worked assiduously for the success of the credit union which became part of her life. She will be admired as a great source of inspiration and encouragement to the members.”

At her retirement party, John, on behalf of St Ailbe’s, said it was “incumbent on us to extend to her, our sincere and heartfelt thanks for her nearly four decades of dedicated service.

“Similar to a lot of us, Esther joined the fledgling new credit union venture in a voluntary capacity, because she, like the founding members believed in the concept and its value to the community. She worked tirelessly to promote and nourish the seed to grow and nurture this great local credit union.

“As we grew and flourished Esther was appointed in a working capacity, and as the years progressed she was appointed manager with an ever increasing staff. Esther’s responsibilities as manager grew to onerous proportions, with legal and regulatory changes on an on-going basis, responsibility to the membership at large, and direct reporting to the board of directors. Throughout all of these years she has grown and learnt with the job, always running a tight ship, as well as attend board and regional meetings in a voluntary capacity,” said John.

He said ‘Ailbe’ has always been such an important part of Esther’s life.

“It really was more than just a job to her. We hope that she will not miss her Ailbe life too much, and extend sincere good wishes for a happy and healthy retirement when she will enjoy her life with her family and friends. Esther, we sincerely hope that you are proud of your achievements over the previous four decades because you should be. There have been such momentous years in the growth and development of this thriving, essential local business which has made such a difference in the lives of so many countless members, you were always available to serve and advise the members, which after all is the heart and ethos of St Ailbe’s,” said John.