NOT quite three years in the job as Superintendent in Kilkenny, Mick Nevin’s tenure came to a close last week with his retirement after 30 years a member of An Garda Siochana.
Having served the people of Kilkenny at various stages in his career in the Mooncoin area and in latter years the city, the warmth of good wishes at his ‘farewell bash’ on Friday night in Langtons was testament to the career Mr Nevin enjoyed and the esteem he is in held in by his colleagues and those who have worked closely with him.
Over 150 guests including elected dignatories, officials and top brass from the Gardai attended the event. Among the garda members present was retired Garda Superintendent Tommy Boyle - well known to all as the man who once conducted the Garda band. Tommy is an uncle of Mick.
Mick, and his wife Evelyn along with their family were the guests of honour as presentations were made on behalf of the local district, the station, the Council on behalf of the people of Kilkenny and various police organisations from throughout the world. Among the presentations was a signed Kilkenny jersey.
A native of Bagenalstown, Superintendent Nevin has served 30 years as a garda and judging by the sentiments on the evening in Langtons has made a lasting impact on Kilkenny city through his various involvements - including the successful joint policing committee. Among the organisations represented were the GAA, with County chairman Paul Kinsella in attendance, Kilkenny County Manager Joe Crocket, Dan McInerney of Carlow County Council and members of the local fire service, HSE and court services among many others.
Chief Superintendent Michael McGarry paid fitting tribute to Mr Nevin for his dedication and loyalty to the gardai and the community that he served.
Mr Nevin began his career in the public service, but after a year training as a psychiatric nurse joined the gardai - a decision he said he never regretted.
He encouraged the continued role of the gardai as being supportive of the community they serve - and in turn the community should remain supportive of the challenging work the gardai do.
Other speakers included Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council Paul Cuddihy, Assistant Commissioner Gerry Phillips and Mayor of Kilkenny David Fitzgerald who concluded the opening remarks of the evening with the sentiment that Kilkenny’s loss is Evelyn’s gain and wished Mick and his family the very best for the future.