Sergeant James Fahy
I was born on December 18th, 1940, to James Fahy of Gortacarnaun and Winifred Bohan of Doon.
On November 3rd, 1960, I was accepted as a trainee garda in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. I completed training on April 20th, 1961, and on the 23rd I was allocated to Drogheda Garda station in County Louth. I was transferred to the nearby station of Julianstown on the Dublin road in County Meath in July on temporary duty. The station party were responsible for the seaside town of Laytown and Butlin’s holiday
The permanent station party consisted of three members – Sergeant Pat Tuohy who was originally from Feakle, Co. Clare, Garda Pat Power who was from Listowel, County Kerry and Garda Pat Murphy who was from the Bantry area of West County Cork. They all had in excess of thirty years’ service.
I returned to Drogheda station in late September and in October I was transferred to Ardee, County Louth. In January 1962, I was transferred to Julianstown, as Garda Pat Murphy had fallen from his bicycle and broken one of his legs. I remained there for two years where I met my future wife Mary McDonnell from Ennis in County Clare.
She had taken up teaching in Laytown primary school.
I returned to Ardee station in February 1964 and in April 1965 I was granted a transfer to Partry station in County Mayo. I married my wife on June 16th, 1966, at the Wells church, Bunratty, County Clare and we resided in a rented farmhouse near Tourmakeady, County Mayo until I transferred to Kilrush Garda District in June 1968. I have remained in County Clare since then, except for a period of eighteen months when I served in Buncrana District, County Donegal, following my promotion to the rank of Sergeant in November 1978.
I retired from An Garda Siochana on January 2nd, 1991, and took up Tour Driving in the summer.
My other interests are Gardening, Beekeeping and Genealogy.
We had three children: Mary Averil in April 1967, James David in November 1969 and Ruth Teresa in April 1971. Sadly, my daughter Mary Averil died suddenly in November 2015.
My wife – Mary – is still in good health.
October 6th, 2022