On Friday 29th Sept, Bertie Aherne took time out from his hectic schedule to visit the Stradbally operation. He made a number of long service awards to five employees who had more than 30 years service. The longest serving was PJ Lalor who has given 43 years working at the quarry in Kilkenny. Bertie joked with the lads that "they must be well looked after to stay around for so long". Bertie complimented the employees and wished them well in the future.