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Jim Nolan


Vintners Tom Kennedy, Sean O'Shea, Paddy Carpenter and Donal McDermott making a presentation to Jim Nolan to mark his retirement, also in the photo is Jim's wife, Mrs. Nellie Nolan.
Photo: Karl McDonough.
Published in The Nationalist June 4th 1982.

Jim Nolan everybody's favourite caller

Publicans and shop-keepers from Carlow town gathered in Carpenter’s Lounge on Wednesday night (May 19) to pay their tribute to Mr. Jim Nolan, who worked for more than half a century for Corcoran's Mineral Water Company, Carlow. For fifty one year’s Graiguecullen born Jim worked for Corcoran's and for many of those years he was their Carlow town rep. It was as such that he was honoured at Wednesday's pleasant function. A number of members of the local Vintners Association spoke at the presentation function. Mr. Tom Kennedy, M.C., reminded those in the trade of Jim Nolan's long years of service. Introducing the next speaker, Mr. Donal McDermott, Tullow Street, Mr. Kennedy pointed out that Jim Nolan in fact has served four generations of the McDermott family in the bar trade. Donal described Jim as "a very respected man in the trade in the town. He was always welcome in four generations of my family" commented Donal who quipped that Jim was welcome even when he came to collect the bill.

Contribution was great

Mr. Paddy Carpenter, publican and councillor said he was pleased to be associated with the presentation to Jim. He mentioned the contribution that Jim made over the years to local voluntary organisations as well as to politics, mentioning particularly his work for Graiguecullen G.A.A. Club and Carlow Urban District Council, of which he is still a sitting member. "I would wish him and Mrs Nolan a very happy retirement" Paddy concluded. A presentation of a wallet of notes was then made by Mr. Sean O'Shea on behalf of the Carlow Vintners Association. Mrs. Frances O'Shea presented Mrs. Nellie Nolan, Jim's wife with a bouquet of flowers. Sean said it was an honour and a pleasure for him to represent the trade in making the presentation. He spoke of a magnificent response from grocers, publicans, hotels and clubs to the appeal made by the Vintners. "Jim Nolan served the people of Carlow well for over two generations" said Sean who spoke of Jim's integrity and good manner.

Not happier person

It was fortunate said Sean that the presentation was a little belated as he had not seen a happier person in retirement than Jim Nolan. "I would assure him from the people of Carlow — from St. Mary's Park to The Numbers and diagonally across the other way, he has Carlow behind him," concluded Sean. Having first spoke in Irish, Jim Nolan said that while he went into Corcoran's in 1930 and left in 1981 he never had a drink but there was not a kitchen in Carlow he did not have a drink of tea or a mug of soup. Jim said he could not say enough about the Governey family for whom he worked, or for his fellow workers. "I am a believer in supporting your own and that is exactly what the people of Carlow did as far as I was concerned. Every order I was given I regarded as a personal privilege". He was aware that it was helping to keep a Carlow man in a job. Mr. Pat Murphy, Graiguecullen speaking on behalf of the grocery trade expressed appreciation of Jim also. A very enjoyable social and sing song followed.

Source: The Nationalist June 4th 1982. & Michael Purcell

JIM (Bomber) NOLAN

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