One of Kernans Diners best and longest serving waitresses is hanging up her apron and turning in her serving tray, retiring after 24 years of service at the Kernans Newtowncunningham.
On Thursday the 21st of March, Rose Sheerian will pour her last cup of tea in Kernans Diner Newtowncunningham where she has work for nearly 24 years.
Rosaleen Mcgee, has worked with her mum in Kernans Diner all this time making it truly a family affair.
"It is clear to see that Rose has been the Mother figure in Diner for along time now, not only just for myself but she was always willing to give time to the younger staff and ask them about their day. She enjoys the craic with the girls and hearing about their nights out. She is going to be missed and she better keep calling in to keep us all right" said Rosaleen.
While Rose is looking forward to her impending retirement she admits she will miss the interaction with her customers and co workers, especially with her partner in crime Margaret Duncan.
“You meet a lot of interesting people in this line of work,” Rose said “And after all those years, I’ve met a lot of great people across Inishowen and from further away and I’ll miss them all greatly” said Rose.
Kernans Diner has become a hot spot in Newtowncunningham because of its location on the busy N13 road , its food and its service. Over the past two and half decades, Rose said she has seen a lot of changes in the town, but one thing that has remained constant is the demand for good food.
“Good food and service keep people coming back,” she stressed, while observing that of all the food she had served in her 24 years, she believe's that Kernans famous fish and chips was the most popular item on the menu.
Even though Rose said she enjoyed her time at Kernans she felt it is time to hang up her apron and she looks forward to spending more time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Stacey Coyle , manager of the Kernans Diners, said she and all the staff would miss having Rose around. "It's bittersweet,” Stacey said. “I'm excited for her to take this step for herself, but I will miss having her as part of the team, we all get on so well.”
Anthony Kernan the owner of Kernan Diner, said he and all the staff would miss having Rose around.“It will be hard to replace that kind of institutional knowledge that Rose built up over the years, but we wish her well in her retirement,” he said. “She had the respect of her customers and she was always fun to work with.”He added, “She will be hard to replace and I want to thank her for her service & dedication”.