Roscommon Mart marks Maura’s retirement – and 45 years of great service

Maura Quigley pictured with her extended family at her recent retirement celebrations. Pic: Liam Reynolds

On Saturday, February 4th, past and present staff and committee members of Roscommon Mart, along with family and friends of Maura Quigley, attended a function held at the Abbey Hotel to mark Maura’s recent retirement as mart manager.

Maura commenced work as a clerk typist in October 1977 under the direction of then-manager, the late Owen F Morgan. In 1999, she was appointed company secretary. Maura became assistant manager in 2002 and succeeded Michael Naughton as manager in January 2012 upon his retirement. Last May, she informed the board of directors of her intention to retire from the position, and was succeeded in October by Tony Conry.

New Roscommon Mart manager Tony Conry pictured with former managers Maura Quigley and Michael Naughton at Maura’s retirement event. Pic: Liam Reynolds

Under her leadership of the mart, she advanced and developed the society to its present-day position as a leading auction centre, renowned nationally for its good quality livestock and efficient service.

Mark Donnelly (Chairman of Roscommon Mart) paid tribute to Maura’s 45 years’ service and for her affable approach to all who encountered her.

Addressing those present, Maura Quigley acknowledged the many various team players who made her job successful over the years, particularly staff and committee members who were always available when help, advice and tasks had to be completed. She thanked the patrons who conducted their business with the mart for their loyalty and custom throughout the years. In concluding her address, Maura wished the mart and the new management team every success in the future.

Her contribution to Roscommon Mart and the high esteem in which she is held was acknowledged by a standing ovation from those present. She is wished good health and happiness for a long and well-earned retirement.

The organising committee wish to thank everyone who attended on the night and made the event memorable for Maura.