Sergeant Tony Kilcommons retired from the force on the 18th May last. He is a native of the Ballygar Area. His wife hails from Roundfort, Co. Mayo. They have two children, namely son Ronan and daughter Joan.
Tony joined the Garda Síochána on the 8th January 1959. He first trained at the Garda Depot, Phoenix Park and completed his training at Templemore. His first station was Monaghan Town in June 1959. He also served in Clones, Smithboro, Peterswell, Lettermore and Shanaglish. He also served temporary periods at Cavin Town, Shannon, Trim, Leenane, Salthill and Portlaoise. He did border duty in Dromad in Co. Leitrim, Carrigans and Burnfoot in Co. Donegal and in Monaghan. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1967.
His hobbies include hurling, football, shooting and fishing. His son Ronan has already been noted for his hurling prowess around the hurling fields of Athenry.
Regarding his service Tony was appointed Sergeant in Athenry in February 1985 and for the past ten years he has worked tirelessly for the good of the community at large. He was very diligent and courteous in carrying out his duties and was always fair to all. We in Athenry Tidy towns especially in the last three years have got to know him well. He is the president of our organisation and has been one of the major driving forces behind our success so far.
It was a great honour for us to have the privilege of organising an informal function for him in Hanberry’s Hotel on Friday 12 May last. It was to show our appreciation in a very small way for the help and commitment which Tony has given since our formation. We are very pleased that he is to remain in the area and will play an active part on our committee in the years to come.
We wish Tony many years of health and happiness in his retirement.
Editor’s note: Tony Kilcommons was also a great lover of nature and contributed regularly to his “Wildlife in Athenry” series in the Athenry Journal. His very interesting, descriptive and amusing articles can be found here – Wildlife in Athenry
Written by Christy Coffey
Published here 23 Oct 2022 and originally published 1995
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