Solicitors, barristers, gardai, probation officers, court staff and the local judge all paid glowing tribute to the retiring Imelda Grogan, manager of the court services in Naas.

Ms Grogan was welcomed to the courthouse in June 1978 by no less a figure than Sean Connery who was filming the Great Train Robbery.

She spent the vast majority of her working career in the courts service since then rising through the ranks to become manager of the offices in Naas.

Judge Desmond Zaidan said that she was very respected and trusted by her colleagues and others who worked in the court house.

He said that she had ignored his advice to follow Chelsea “and took up aqua aerobics instead”.

He said he hoped she would find “contentment and health” in her retirement.

Eithne Coughlan paid tribute to Imelda, pointing out that she had used her computer skills to change the a considerable number of processes in the court offices which had previously been paper based, and in the process making the working lives of her colleagues far easier.

On behalf the gardai, Superintendent Martin Walker paid tribute to her and wished her all the best for her retirement.

David Gibbons, on behalf of the local Bar Association did likewise and referenced her unfailing helpfulness and professionalism over the years.

Sarah Connolly, BL, on behalf of the barristers also thanked her for her helpfulness, noting that “no job was too big or too small, no query too annoying or repetitive”.

Veteran solicitor Tony Hanahoe said he actually remembered Sean Connery in the courthouse and said he hoped Ms Grogan would have a fabulous retirement.

Probation Officer Marita Costigan noted that “everybody spoke to highly of you”.



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