Gardaí out in force for retirement of cherished colleague
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.
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.
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.