Gar­daí out in force for re­tire­ment of cher­ished col­league

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By SINEAD KELLE­HER

SU­PER­IN­TEN­DENT Jim O’Con­nor has fi­nally hung up his boots and hat af­ter 40 years in the force -much of which he spent in Kerry.

The West Lim­er­ick man started his garda ca­reer in Kerry when he ar­rived to Kil­lar­ney in 1978 and he ended his ca­reer back in Kerry last week, af­ter 40 years and hav­ing moved up the ranks to Su­per­in­ten­dent. He was also sta­tioned in Lis­towel, Tar­bert, Ken­mare and New­castlewest as well as in Mon­aghan, Cork, Gort and Bal­lyfer­mot.

His fam­ily, friends and col­leagues joined him at the Mead­ow­lands last Thurs­day to cel­e­brate his re­tire­ment. Su­per­in­ten­dent Jim O’Con­nor said this week he is look­ing for­ward to his re­tire­ment which he plans to spend trav­el­ling and keep­ing fit and spend­ing time with his grand­chil­dren.

“I won’t miss the job as there are a lot of changes but I will miss the ca­ma­raderie of my col­leagues.”

He is mar­ried to Goretti, who is from Kil­lar­ney, and whom he met while sta­tioned there and he has three chil­dren - Cather­ine, Lau­ren and Lean and one grand­child, Finn.

Photo by John Cleary Photo by John Cleary

Supt Jim O’Con­nor, with his wife Goretti, and his fam­ily mem­bers, front on left, Mau­reen Cul­loty, Goretti and Jim O’Con­nor, and Brid­get Reidy. Back from left: Mary Moloney, Pat O’Con­nor, Peggy Scan­lon, Ray Nolan, and Irene O’Con­nor. En­joy­ing a func­tion at the Mead­ow­lands Ho­tel, Tralee, on Thurs­day night for Supt. Jim O’Con­nor, Tralee, with mem­bers of the force from Tralee, front from left Cathy Mur­phy, Pa­tri­cia Fitz­patrick, Jim O’Con­nor and Pat Mulc­ahy, back from left Bren­dan Long, He­len Fo­ley, Mike Mur­phy, Kieran O’Con­nell, James Hur­ley, Claire Dennehy and Jim Dono­van.

Photo by John Cleary

Grace O’Con­nell, Tralee, Lynda Bros­nan, Tralee, Damien Cal­li­nane, Tralee, Miriam Mul­hall-Nolan, and Stephanie He­garty, Kil­lar­ney at Supt Jim O’Con­nor’s re­tire­ment func­tion.

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