Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye...

Kinch, man of destiny, sets out on a new career.

...cheerio, as I go, on my way.


I got the final call at 13.23 yesterday. At that time I was informed that I had been successful in my application to join An Garda Siochana* and that I had been accepted as a recruit.

It's been a long road with a long way still to go, but I look forward to the next two years with a new buoyancy and optimism. There are going to be challenges, separation from Mrs. Kinch, living with my in laws at weekends, study, poor pay (just for the first year), long hours of shift work and all those other problems associated with the profession of being a guardian of the public peace.

But there will also be many compensations, a job with meaning and purpose, a camaraderie that I've long envied and a pay and benefits package that make me feel confident that I will be able to fulfill my responsibilities as a husband and (hopefully in the not too distant future) as a father.

Big changes ahead.

*The Irish police force.


  1. Good night, Conrad. Good work. Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning.

  2. to "university" I'd guessed "seminary" (the "current mrs. Kinch" aside) - looks like I wasn't too far off the mark then!! :o))

    Best of luck with the new career...

  3. Congratulations and God bless you, my friend. I'm thrilled to hear it.

  4. Good luck ... and keep in touch with your hobby as best you can. It will give you something to think about in the long nights when the only people not a-bed are the guardians of the peace ... and the villains!. May this policeman's lot be a happy one!

  5. Great news Eamon! Very pleased for you. The time will go by pretty quickly too I imagine.

    Best Regards,


  6. All the very best with the new career!

  7. Give you joy of your good fortune Sir!
    Delighted by the news - all the very best!