MORE than 300 people attended a special function in Midleton, Co Cork, to honour a Garda super-intendent who is retiring after serving 36 years in the force.
Unusually, Superintendent Flor Horan started his career as an ordinary garda in Midleton in 1975 and ended it 36 years later in the same town as a senior officer.
In between, the married father-of-three also served in Glengarriff, Mayfield, Dublin, Anglesea Street and Fermoy.
He was involved in a number of high-profile murder inquiries, all of which were solved.
The guest-list for the gala event read like a who’s who of law-enforcement, the judiciary and civic leaders.
Assistant Commissioner Willie Keane described Superintendent Horan as a “committed and dedicated” officer who was “decent, honourable and very intelligent”.
Councillor Noel Collins, deputy mayor of Midleton, said the superintendent was greatly admired by many.
“He adhered to the highest professional standards and is a man of great sincerity. That is why so many people regard him as a friend,” Cllr Collins said. Fr Eamon Goold, parish priest of Midleton, said Superintendent Horan was a “true Christian gentleman”, while Mallow-based Superintendent Pat McCarthy said he was a “great mentor and a great ambassador” for the force.
Inspector Eoin Healy, who worked under the superintendent in Midleton, said he wouldn’t ask any colleagues to do anything he wouldn’t do himself.
Chief Superintendent Kieran McGann said Superintendent Horan was always sensitive to the needs of his colleagues.
In response to the avalanche of praise, Superintendent Horan said he was very humbled.
“It’s unwarranted because I was doing my job just like everybody else,” he said.
He then complemented his colleagues for their loyalty and commitment to the job and ended his speech by remembering some of his late colleagues and friends.
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