Rathangan garda Andy Kavanagh pictured with family members Richard, Deirdre, Tara and Laura at his recent retirement party in Dunmurray golf club. Photo: Tony Keane
When garda Andy Kavanagh arrived in Rathangan in 1981, the football team were on the cusp of an Intermediate title.
“That was a time of great excitement. There was a great atmosphere in the town,” said the Wexford native.
Although delighted with the footballers' success, hurling was always his first sporting love and along with George Hipwell, Jack O'Connell and Jack Gleeson, he coached several underage teams to success throughout the years, with some players going on to play for the now defunct Naomh Bríd.
Andy and his family were very much a part of the Rathangan community. With 38 years on the force, 35 of those spent in the town, he retired almost two weeks ago.
Family, friends, current and former colleagues joined the local garda at Dunmurray Springs Golf Club, Kildare last Friday February 19 to wish him well.
“Rathangan was always one of the best small towns in the county. I could not say a bad word about Rathangan and myself and my family were always treated with the utmost of respect,” he added.
His mother Peggy, who is in her early eighties and lives in Mangan, Killane near Enniscorthy, passed on congratulations to her son on the occasion of his retirement.
On the night, Andy was accompanied by his wife Deirdre, son Richard, daughters Tara, Laura and Lisa.
Several members of the local community also turned out to pay tribute to Andy for his dedication throughout the years.
“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone for all their kindness and support over the years and I hope I didn't do any wrong to anyone,” said Andy.