Sgt. John English Retires after 38 Years in the Force

Sgt. John English who retired from a 38 year long career with An Garda Síochána at Castleisland Garda Station at midnight on Sunday night. ©Photograph: John Reidy
An unusual occurance: Sgt. John English and his son Garda Bryan who served in the same garda division. Bryan is stationed in Tralee.
Sgt. John English who retired from An Garda Síochána at Castleisland Garda Station at midnight on Sunday night. ©Photograph: John Reidy

“The people of the town of Castleisland I found to be very decent and friendly. I have always been treated very well by the locals. I have enjoyed working in Castleisland very much and I will have fond memories from my time here.”

That, in plain English, is the opinion of a man who made a 38 year-long career of assessing and summing up the totality of character, balancing judgements and coming to conclusions.

38 Years to the Day

Sgt. John English worked his last day as a member of An Garda Síochána yesterday, Sunday, October 4th. It’s as close as you can get to 38 years to the day, October 6-1982 on which he entered Garda Training College in Templemore.

A Native of Tipperary

Sgt. English, who was transferred to Castleisland in 2008, is a native of Ardfinnan Co. Tipperary.

After his six months of training in Templemore he passed out of college on the March 10th 1983 and his first posting was to Harcourt Terrace in Dublin 2 which is now closed.

After three years in uniform, Garda John English was appointed to the Special Detective Unit in Harcourt Square and he spent 10 years in this section.

Became a Community Garda

“I enjoyed working as a detective in Dublin and after 10 years there I was transferred to Mayfield in Cork City,” said Sgt English taking up the story of his working life.

“I then became the community Garda in the Glen area in 1999. This was a very busy area with high unemployment and a lot of issues.

“During my time there I was involved with the community and we were successful in getting a community centre and all weather pitches developed. This was fantastic for the area and a major achievement.

Promoted to Sergeant

“In 2002 I was promoted to Sergeant and transferred briefly to Kanturk, before transferring to Caherciveen where I spent the next five and a half years.

“In 2008 I transferred to Castleisland. I have enjoyed my time working in Castleisland and working with the people of the local area.

“In 2011 we moved to our new Garda station, which was a major step up from where we were operating out of previously in Church Street.

New Station – A Great Addition

“The new station was a great addition to the town of Castleisland.

It is a modern building, which now accommodates a lot of the divisional resources namely: the Roads Policing Unit; the Victims Office; Scenes of Crime; Juvenile Liaison Office; the Divisional Property and Exhibit. Management System store as well as the regular Castleisland units of the force.

Decent, Friendly People

“The people of the town of Castleisland I found to be very decent and friendly people.

I have always been treated very well by the local people. I have enjoyed working in Castleisland very much and I will have fond memories from my time here.

Reliance on Telex

“Since I joined in 1982, a lot of changes have taken place in the job. Back then everything was paper based with very little technology involved.

“We relied a lot on telex whereas now we have email, scanning and computers which have made things a lot easier and efficient and the job has become more streamlined due to these improvements.

“I’m married to Susan and we have three children, Claire, Bryan and Nicola.

Son Following in Father’s Footsteps

“Bryan has followed in my footsteps and is currently stationed in Tralee and I believe this is the first time that a father and son served together in the same district.

“As I leave the job I have no regrets, it was a job that I always wanted and I have enjoyed thoroughly.

Privileged to Serve

“I have felt privileged to have served in this organisation for the last 38 years. I will miss the friendships, camaraderie and the craic with my colleagues.

“I am now looking forward to a bit of my own time and plan on playing a little more golf and going for more cycles and walks,” Sgt, John concluded as he closed the door on almost four decades in a career he always wanted and then thoroughly enjoyed.

You can contact The Maine Valley Post on…Anyone in The Maine Valley Post catchment area who would like to send us news and captioned photographs for inclusion can send them to: jreidy@mainevalleypost.com

Queries about advertising and any other matters regarding The Maine Valley Post can also be sent to that address or just ring: 087 23 59 467.