Nick Casey becomes longest serving soldier in Wexford after 27 years of service
After 37 years of service to the Irish army, Nick Casey from Killurin decided it was time to call it a day.
On the moment of his recent retirement, the 55-year-old became the longest serving soldier to serve in Wexford Military Barracks. Nick marked this momentous occasion with family, friends and former comrades at a party in his Wexford home.
'We had a great night of celebrations,' said Nick's wife Marion, who is originally from New Ross. 'Now is our time.'
Nick went straight from St. Peter's College in Wexford into army life, and joined the Irish Army at the age of 18. Following several years of training in Kilkenny, he embarked on his first posting to Lebanon with the UN in 1981. In 1983, Nick moved to Wexford Barracks where he worked as Administration Clerk and Training N.C.O. until his retirement.
Nick was sent on five more postings while based in Wexford including two more to Lebanon, and one each to Kosovo, Liberia and Chad. According to Marion, her husband was extremely passionate about his job.
'He genuinely loved every minute of it,' she said. 'He loved the drive.'
Outside of his career, Nick enjoys handball and fishing, particularly with friends Mick Flood and Fintain Furlong. Marion describes him as a 'family man' who 'loves having barbeques with family and friends'. Now that his time in the army has come to an end, he is looking forward to dedicating more time to his family and his hobbies.
'Once he decided that he was to retire, the army gave him 91 days to change his mind,' explained Marion, who married Nick in 2012. 'He was sure of his decision right up until the last minute.'
Nick's retirement party was attended by friends and family, including his son Keith and stepchildren, Dave and Nicole. He also received a visit from his niece and nephew from Holland, who were in Ireland for the first time in 18 years.
'Robin and Shama would never have known Nick,' explained Marion. 'It was brilliant to have them there. We had a great week of celebrations.'
Nick can look forward to more celebrations in September, when he receives his official retirement presentation.