After almost four decades of service, well-known and highly respected Ardee Garda Inspector Paul Kiernan has retired from duty today.
The popular Inspector is a recognisable figure around the town and leaves the force this week after 39 years with An Garda Siochana. Not a man for a fuss, he slipped away relatively quietly this week. Friends and former colleagues will come together to celebrate his career and retirement on Friday night.
Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie, Ardee Traders & Business Association chairman Hughie O’Neill paid tribute to Inspector Kiernan and thanked him for his years of service. “Paul has been more than helpful to the Traders Association with various events we’ve held. There’s always lots of events and Paul has always been helpful. He puts you at ease and offers assuredness at all times.
“I spoke to several traders and everyone says the same thing about him,” O’Neill continued. “There were very genuine comments. He’s a gentleman. He always had time for you and what you see is what you got. He will be sorely missed, certainly we will miss him.
“He was so professional and always commanded respect. He was very professional, but no party-pooper either. He will be a big miss.”
Also offering her best wishes upon the Inspector’s retirement was former Ardee Gardai Community Officer Patricia Flynn. “Paul is a real people person, and it showed in how he did his job,” she told ThisIsArdee.ie today. “I’m glad I’m retired because the station won’t be the same without him!
“He had a great love for the town and he’ll be a terrible loss. He was very well thought of and if he could help at all, you could go to him. He’s a very decent guy. He was very respected and he had a great respect for people.”
Independent councillor Jim Tenanty called Inspector Kiernan “very approachable, very understanding and a true gent” adding, “Best wishes to him on his retirement.” Fine Gael councillor Dolores Minogue paid tribute by saying, “Since I got elected in 2009 Paul has always been helpful to me when making enquires.
“Paul will be sadly missed not just on the beat but at all the events – Halloween, 5ks, St Patrick’s Day to name but a few. “Although a Monaghan Man, he made Ardee his second home. I would like to wish Paul and his family all the best.”
On Monday, representatives of court staff, solicitors, barristers and the members of the probation service, as well as state solicitor Fergus Mullen all wished him well as Kiernan attended his last sitting of Ardee District Court.
Speaking on Monday, Judge John Coughlan told Inspector Kiernan that he “is one of the best court presenters in all of Ireland.”