It was the end of an era for well-known Greenore Coast Guard James Larkin last week as he stepped down from his position as Officer in Charge to take up a new role as East Coast Sector manager with the Irish Coast Guard.
James has worked with the Greenore Coast Guard for almost 22 years and is the third generation of his family to be involved in the coast guard service. Although he has seen some terrible days during his time in Greenore James says he will miss the job and the people he has worked with during his spell in Greenore.
“I’ve enjoyed the job very much despite having to work during some terribly tragic days. That’s the nature of the job unfortunately but as well as the bad days we have been able to prevent tragedies as well which is why I wanted to get involved with the coast guard unit in the first place. We have been involved in countless rescue missions with people getting into difficulty along the coastline and I will miss that hands-on aspect of the job. I’m great friends with all the boys that work there and that won’t change despite me moving jobs.
“I’m looking forward to a new full-time challenge now working as the Coast Guard Sector Manager for the Eastern Region. My new role will cover the East Coast from Co. Louth to Co. Wexford. I wish my successor George Campbell all the best in his new role as Officer in Charge and I know he will do a great job,” stated James.