John and Margaret outside their Railway Street practice
TWO of Lisburn's best known dentists have
decided to hang up their drills after nearly thirty years in
Last week, husband and wife team John and
Margaret McDonough bade farewell to patients and staff at their
practice in Railway Street.
The couple didn't expect their business to
sell so quickly after it recently went on the market but are
looking forward to travelling and spending more time with their
The McDonoughs first came to work in Lisburn
in 1979 and moved to Railway Street in 1992. John, 59, qualified
from Queens' University in 1972 and has spent 35 years in the
profession. Whenever Margaret qualified in 1974 they decided to
go to Capetown, where they spent four years working separately
in private practices.
"It was the start of all the troubles in
Belfast and we decided to go to South Africa to get away from
the awful things happening at home," John explained.
The couple returned to Northern Ireland and
started a family. Their son Ian, 28, is a software developer in
London and their daughter Jenny, 26, is an Irish International
Margaret commented: "We will be travelling to
Vancouver to support our daughter as the Ireland team hopes to
qualify for the Olympics and we will be going back to South
Africa to visit friends."
The McDonough Dental Practice will stay as a
family concern as it has been taken over by a new husband and
wife team from Manchester and the current staff, including
Associate Dentist Alannah Field, will remain.
John added: "We would like to take this
opportunity to thank everyone who has sent us cards and presents
and wished us luck for the future. We have been amazed by all
the kind gestures.
"We will miss the staff, especially Pauline McMichael, chief
receptionist, who started with as way back in 1980, and we wish
the new team all the best." On behalf of the staff Practice
Manager Lynda Bailey wished John and Margaret a long and happy