HE has been there for more than two decades – but when Garda Tony Horgan shut the door behind him at Brosna garda station it ended 140 years of policing history in the village.
Garda Horgan has been stationed in the Co Kerry village since 1989. But today he will report for duty in Knocknagoshel, 15km away, while Brosna will be looked after by Listowel gardai, 29km away.
His local station is one of almost 100 in the country that will close for good this week and one of nine in Co Kerry alone that were earmarked for closure.
Brosna has one of the lowest crime rates in Kerry, a record that would be the envy of any Irish town or village. Locals believe this low-crime rate is in no small part due to Garda Horgan and his presence in the area.
Chairman of the community alert Timmy O'Sullivan says people now feel exposed and vulnerable, not having the reassurance of seeing the squad car making its rounds.
The loss of the local garda has prompted a renewed interest in community alert in the area and a meeting is planned for tonight.
They hope to set up a texting system in conjunction with the gardai, whereby people can contact a designated number if they notice any unusual vehicles or activity in the area.