Top Limerick garda hangs up his hat

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Limerick Superintendent Frank O'Brien, who is retiring this week after a 34-year career in the force
Limerick Superintendent  Frank O'Brien, who is retiring this week after a 34-year career in the force
Limerick Superintendent Frank O’Brien, who is retiring this week after a 34-year career in the force

LIMERICK city is to lose one of its most senior gardaí this week following the retirement of Superintendent Frank O’Brien after a 34-year career in An Garda Síochána.

Supt O’Brien, who is based at Henry Street garda station, is currently in charge of the Limerick City North Garda District which incorporates stations at Mayorstone Park, Ardnacrusha and Castleconnell.

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His career highlights included leading a number of investigations which lead to a significant reduction in gangland crime in Limerick city.

During his time in Limerick, Supt O’Brien was a member of the Children’s Services Committee, he also worked closely with the Limerick Regeneration Project and was an active member of the Northside, Southside and St Mary’s Park regeneration forums.

A native of Nenagh, Supt O’Brien joined the force at the age of 26 and spent ten years in Templemore before moving to Limerick when he was promoted to the rank of Inspector.

He also spent one year in Cyprus working for the United Nations as a police operations officer with particular responsibility for humanitarian affairs.

During his earlier career, he spent a number of years in Co Kerry, before returning to Limerick in 2005 when he was appointed Superintendent at Roxboro Garda Station.