Local legend retires after 40 years of service
Firebird, based in the heart of the Gaeltacht in Co. Cork, has bid a fond farewell to one of its longest serving colleagues who has retired after 40 years working with the business.
Jerry Cronin, who lives in Carrigadrohid, hung up his overalls having worked with Firebird from before its inception and throughout its growth and success which sees Firebird today as Ireland’s leading supplier of high-performance heating solutions.
Jerry, a father of four and an avid hill walker, left school at 14 and joined Firebird as a qualified welder in 1980.
“I was raising a young family at the time so job security was important but the friends I made over the years is the main reason for staying with Firebird for so long. There was always a good atmosphere in Firebird and we all looked forward to Anne Corkery’s baking at tea break.” Jerry said.
“It is amazing to see how the company grew over the years and went from manufacturing a backboiler to what it is today.”
According to Mark Doyle, General Manager from Firebird, team members like Jerry are the backbone of the business, which also now has sites in Northern Ireland and the UK.
“We cannot thank Jerry enough for his hard work and dedication across four decades,” he stated.
“He is one of the many people who is more part of the Firebird family rather than a colleague. He will be greatly missed but we wish him all the best for the future. Ádh mór!”
In his retirement, Jerry looks forward to having more time to pursue his passion for hill walking. Three years ago, Jerry spent 12 days walking the beautiful, scenic ‘Coast to Coast’ walk in England. Jerry was asked to join Firebird by Jerry O’Sullivan, one of the founders of what was then known as O’Donovan Enterprises Ltd. Richard O’Sullivan was the other founder of the business. The name Firebird came about when the first backboiler was made in 1982. It was sold to John Atkins & Company Ltd. who decided to call it “Richard’s Firebird”. The name Firebird stuck from there.