*Therese Flannery pictured with former Mayor of Clare, Tom McNamara in 2017. Photograph: Arthur Ellis
Two transfers have resulted in a reshuffle of senior Garda positions in Co Clare while one of the county’s top-performing members of the force has also retired.
Superintendent John Galvin has transferred from the Kilrush Garda District to the Ennis Garda District with Superintendent John Ryan moving from Bruff Garda District to succeed Galvin in Kilrush.
It is among eleven changes nationally which took effect from September 27th arising from promotions, consequential allocations and retirements including that of Supt Brendan McDonagh in Ennis.
Originally from Holycross in Co Tipperary, Supt Ryan previously served in both Ennis and Kilrush along with Galway and Garda headquarters before his recent role in Bruff.
Supt Ryan told The Clare Echo of his new role in West Clare, “I am looking forward to working with the communities in the Kilrush Garda District, providing a quality and proactive service to the community, engaging and listening to their issues and concerns and taking action to ensure they are safe and happy with the policing service provided”.
In 2016, John Galvin became the thirteenth superintendent in Kilrush in a twenty five year period. At the time of his promotion to Kilrush, he was the most senior detective in the Clare Garda Division and had first worked in Kilrush as a sergeant. Following the retirement of Chief Supt John Kerin in 2019, Galvin the former head of the Garda Traffic Corps in Clare filled the role temporarily before the appointment of Michael Gubbins and later Seán Colleran.
Meanwhile, tributes have been paid to Ruan native, Therese Flannery who recently retired from An Garda Síochána and her role as a juvenile liaison officer (JLO). She was previously honoured by Clare County Council in 2017 for her work in orchestrating the policing of the Clare Teenage Disco which resulted in a reduction in assaults, incidents of drunkenness and complaints from members of the public. Her work with local communities and youths was also recognised by the local authority. A former colleague of Supt Galvin in Kilrush, Therese was the first female detective to serve in Co Clare.