Garda Sgt Liam McCarville manning his last St Patrick's Day parade in Slane in March alongside colleagues Garda Maria O'Sullivan and Garda Simona Jurguline.

Tributes paid to retiring Garda sergeant

A garda sergeant who has been in charge of arrangements for inquests in Co Meath for more than a decade is retiring from the force this month.

Liam McCarville joined the force 40 years ago and started his career in this county in Enfield before transferring to Navan.

He made his last appearance at an inquest hearing on Monday this week when seven inquests were conducted by Co Meath Coroner Nathaniel Lacy at Trim Courthouse. At the conclusion of the hearing, Mr Lacy paid tribute to Sergeant McCarville, saying that the officer had been in charge of making the arrangements, liaising with bereaved families, members of the force and others who had to come into contact with the coroner’s office.

It was a task he carried out with great efficiency and discretion and he very much appreciated the assistance he had given to him and the coroner’s staff.

He also recalled how the sergeant had been equally helpful and courteous to his father John who had served as coroner for the county before him.

Speaking on his own behalf and that of his assistant, Donna Kerrigan, Mr Lacy wished the sergeant well in his new life in retirement. Garda Inspector Joseph Finnegan also joined in the tributes.

Don't miss next week's paper for a fascinating interview with Liam about his life in An Garda Siochana