Sincere tributes as Gerry retires
A fond farewell for retiring Garda inspector
The career of a popular local Garda Inspector was celebrated at his retirement function in Germaine's on Friday.
Inspector Gerry Connolly retired from An Garda Síochána earlier this month and colleagues, friends and relatives gathered to wish him well.
He was joined by his wife Jacinta, daughter Christine and grandchildren Alannah, Cathal and Brogan. Gerry was predeceased by his son JJ at the age of 22 in 2014, but said that he son would have been proud to be there on the night.
A member of the force since 1978, Gerry was first stationed in Harcourt Terrace and Pearse Street before his promotion to Sergeant where he served in Tullow.
He then spent a year in Bosnia with the UN and later returned to Tullow for a year in 2007 to the rank of Inspector before moving to Baltinglass Garda Station where he achieved almost a decade of service.
Presentations were made to Gerry by Commissioner Fintan Fanning, Liam Horgan on behalf of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors and also by the Garda District Committee.
A native of Monaghan, Gerry is one of six out of 10 siblings who joined An Garda Síochána and the final one to retire.
He thanked his colleagues and family for a wonderful evening and also the people of his home town in Tullow for their kind support over many years.