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National Bravery Awards 2016
Photos of the 2016 awards

CITATION
On 21st June, 2014, Rick Osagie who was 13 at the time and some friends were playing near a man-made lake in Waterville Park in Blanchardstown. When two young girls who were swimming in the lake got into difficulty, Ricky Osagie jumped in to assist the girls but lost his own footing and was unable to regain it. Lee Weir, Sam Musu, Yosuf Bologun and Ionut Plesca who were playing football near the lake when they became aware that people were in difficulties. Lee, Sam, Yosuf and Ionut all entered the water and were able to bring the two girls to the shallow end and pulled them out of the water. After giving CPR to one of the girls, they were informed that Ricky was still in the water. Lee then re-entered the water at the deep end, but could not see anything as the water was too muddy. Other bystanders also entered the water and had no success. The Ambulance Service then arrived and after finding Ricky took him from the water and initiated CPR. He along with the two girls who had originally experienced difficulties were conveyed to Temple Street Children’s Hospital. The two girls ultimately made full recoveries. Tragically Ricky Osagie was pronounced dead the following morning.
For their actions
Lee Weir is awarded a Certificate of Bravery. Sam Musu is awarded a Certificate of Bravery. Yosuf Bologun is awarded a Certificate of Bravery. Ionut Plesca is awarded a Certificate of Bravery. Rick Osagie is awarded a Posthumous Gold Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
On the morning of the 10th October, 2015 shortly after 4:00am, John Connors heard a loud bang coming from a caravan at Unit 2 that belonged to his brother Thomas Connors. He then saw flames emanating from the front kitchen window of the caravan, before raising the alarm by waking another brother Jim Connors Jnr. and his wife Kate, who were asleep. Jim Connors initially attempted to gain entry by forcing open the front door. After breaking the window of the front of the caravan, Jim reached in through the broken window of the main bedroom and removed an infant and handed her to his wife. John Connors contacted ambulance control and the Dublin Fire Brigade on his mobile. John then entered the burning caravan through the broken window of the main bedroom and rescued his brother Thomas. John then handed another child out through the window to Jim Connors Snr. before exiting himself. Several units of the Dublin Fire Brigade and the Ambulance Service arrived at the scene. On their arrival Unit 2 was fully engulfed in flames. There were also flames emanating from the caravan at Unit 3. Subsequently, Mary Connors was removed from that caravan by Dublin Fire Brigade personnel. The fire at both caravans was then contained by the Dublin Fire Brigade. Ultimately, 10 people perished in this incident.
For his actions
John Connors is awarded a Silver Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
On Sunday 02nd March 2016 shortly after 7:00PM, Gardaí were called to the pier in Buncrana based on a report that there was a car in the water with a number of occupants inside. As the incident unfolded, it transpired that five members of one family were tragically drowned. All five bodies were recovered amid harrowing scenes. It was apparent that there was one survivor from the car which was submerged in approximately 12 feet of water a short distance from the pier in tidal waters. Davitt Walsh who had been on the upper extension of their pier in his car along with his girlfriend, noticed a car in the water. The driver of the car was in a distressed state and there were shouts from the car. Mr. Walsh’s girlfriend rang the coastguard while he dived into the water and swam out to the car. The driver had broken the driver-side window and handed out a small baby to Mr. Walsh. Mr. Walsh took the baby and had a grip on another male but lost his grip. As he held the baby, the car started to go down. He managed to hold the baby above his head and swam back to the pier cutting and injuring his feet in the process. The baby was later brought to Letterkenny University Hospital where she made a full recovery.

For his actions
Davitt Walsh is awarded a Silver Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
Garda Matthew Murphy and Garda John Prunty were on duty on 21st May, 2012 in the Letterkenny District. Tey received a call regarding a young man who was in possession of a number of weapons and who had threatened Gardaí and neighbours with a knife and subsequently had barricaded himself into his residence. They liaised with local Gardaí including Garda Ger Hardiman and Garda Eoin Waters who were attending at the scene and were informed of how events had developed over the afternoon. Several attempts had been made to enter the premises and apprehend the young man but this proved unsuccessful. The young man who was in his late twenties was described as having a history of violence and on occasion had brandished a knife, threatened to stab Gardaí and injure anyone who came close to his home. It became apparent that a strong smell of gas was emanating from the property. The Gardaí took immediate steps to evacuate neighbouring houses and keep everyone at the scene a safe distance from the house fearing the possibility of a gas explosion. Garda Murphy and Prunty decided to try access the house by forcing the front door. Two other Gardaí, Garda Ger Hardiman and Garda Eoin Waters followed them. Upon entry it became apparent that a fire was out of control somewhere in the property. Facing significant danger from both the fire and a potentially violent man the Gardaí made their way through the hall by crawling through smoke, checking each room as they passed. The smoke was extremely dense and they had to exit the property on three occasions to clear their lungs but they still persisted in their search. They managed to make their way to the rear of the house where a large section of the house was ablaze. Kitchen units were on fire and several live electrical appliances posed a significant risk. Garda Murphy and Garda Prunty discovered the young man lying unconscious on the floor beside the blazing fire and assisted by Garda Hardiman and Garda Waters brought him to a safe area at the front of the house where they administrated first aid pending the arrival of the ambulance despite both having sustained injuries themselves. By the time the ambulance arrived the young man had regained consciousness and the paramedics took over his care. Both Gardaí Murphy and Prunty were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.
For their actions
Garda Matthew Murphy is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery, Garda John Prunty is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery. Garda Ger Hardiman is awarded a Certificate of Bravery. Garda Eoin Waters is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
On 06th May, 2005, a man entered the Post Office on Botanic Road Glasnevin, Dublin 9 wearing a balaclava and black gloves and brandishing a small hand-gun and a knife. Just as he entered the Post Office he was confronted by a member of the public by the name of Alibanga Musifer. Mr. Musifer grabbed the man by the arms and the two men began a struggle which ultimately led to the two men crashing through the front window of the Post Office and falling out into the street. Mr. Musifer received injuries from the fall but still restrained the accused until the Gardaí arrived at the scene.
For his actions
Alibanga Musifer is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
On 07th August, 2014, John Purcell was walking his dog with his partner when he heard two women screaming at their front door on Leinster Street, Phibsborough, Dublin 7. He went to assist and was confronted by a man who was hitting the two women with a hammer. Without hesitation Mr. Purcell grabbed the first lady and pulled her out of the doorway to safety. The second lady was then pushed back into the house by the assailant. Mr. Purcell entered the house to rescue her but he was confronted by the assailant who swung his hammer at him. The assailant then ran from the house and Mr. Purcell gave chase. The Gardaí arrived soon after and arrested the man. The two women were taken to hospital where they made a full recovery.
For his actions
John Purcell is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
On 30th July, 2014, Billy Cronin who was 14 at the time was bodyboarding at “The Dumps” strand at the Maharees in Brandon Bay, Maharabeg, Castlegregory, Co. Kerry. He became aware of a brother and sister who were experiencing difficulties in the water. He went over to them and got the young boy who was 14 at the time on his body board and kept the young girl who was 12 afloat. Kitesurfer Tom Kennedy also joined in the rescue after seeing the children’s father pacing frantically on the shore. The siblings were safely brought back to shore and were reunited with their father.
For their actions
Billy Cronin is awarded a Certificate of Bravery. Tom Kennedy is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
At approximately 9:00 PM on the 18th May, 2015, a woman entered the River Shannon unassisted at Harvey’s Quay, Limerick. At the time of the incident the river was high and there was a strong current flowing southward. Brian O’Dea who was a customer in a local pub at the time became aware of the situation and ran straight over to Harvey’s Quay and jumped into the river. He was able to get hold of her within a few minutes and held onto her until Robert Byrnes was dining in a nearby restaurant when he observed the incident and went out to assist. Robert Byrnes and Brian O’Dea were both able to hold onto the woman and bring her to the river’s edge. A Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Boat and the Limerick Fire Service were on the scene within a few minutes and provided rescue ropes to assist the people in the water. The woman was removed from the water along with Mr. O’Dea and Mr. Byrnes. The woman was then conveyed by ambulance to the University Hospital, Limerick. Sadly, despite the efforts by the people at the scene and the medical staff at the University Hospital she died.
For their actions
Robert Byrnes is awarded a Certificate of Bravery. Brian O’Dea is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
On Saturday 14th November 2015, Garda Doyle and Garda O’Neill from the Dublin Metropolitan Traffic Corp based in Dublin Castle while carrying out their duties heard a call in relation to a female who had entered the sea at Dun Laoghaire. Both Gardaí are qualified lifeguards and Emergency First Responders and hey arrived on the scene within minutes. An RNLI Lifeboat was being dispatched at the other side of the Harbour. At first the female was able to converse with the Gardaí but with the waves crashing over her she became unresponsive. As Garda Doyle and Garda O’Neill feared for her safety they took the decision to enter the water in an attempt to rescue her. The Gardí linked together and utilised a rope given to them by Kyron O’Gorman an Irish Coast Guard Officer who remained on shore and they managed to reach her before the waves took her under. They succeeded in bringing her ashore. The Lifeboat arrived and the female was treated for hypothermia until the ambulance arrived and took her to hospital.
For their actions
Garda Lee Doyle is awarded a Certificate of Bravery. Garda Eoghan O’Neill is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
On the evening of December 15th, 2014, An Garda Siochána were informed that there was a man threatening suicide near Barrington’s Hospital in Limerick. He was visibly upset and had a knife in his hand and was walking up and down the jetty threatening to jump into the water if anyone approached him. Limerick City Fire Service was contacted and two fire units subsequently arrived. After being informed of the man’s behaviour Firefighter Colum McCarthy and Firefighter Des Fitzgerald walked onto the jetty and were making their way towards the man when he jumped into the river. Firefighters McCarthy and Fitzgerald immediately jumped into the river after him. The river was flowing very fast on the night in question, but they reached the man very quickly. The men were in the water for approximately ten minutes when other fire personnel managed to lower a ladder into the river and return the men to safety. The man was attended to by Ambulance personnel and later taken to hospital.
For their actions
Fireman Des Fitzgerald is awarded a Certificate of Bravery. Fireman Colum McCarthy is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
On 10th May, 2011, Cathal McDaid (RIP) and John DeSilva who were along with three others working on the “Mark Amay 11” when Mr. McDaid stumbled on the deck as the nets were being lowered into the water and fell into the sea. He appeared to hold on to the nets and called out for the nets to be pulled back up. As the nets were being pulled up another crew member fell into the water and became trapped under the net. He was then observed floating inertly on his back and drifting astern of the vessel. A third crewmember threw a life ring into the water. He helped get the boat nearer to Cathal McDaid’s position. John DeSilva then went into the water. Mr. DeSilva got Mr. McDaid to the side of the boat and tried to pull him up. A cremember then went into the water and tried to assist. Mr. DeSilva then went back into the boat and launched the life raft assisted. Cathal McDaid was lifted into the life raft and CPR was administered but Cathal McDaid could not be resuscitated.
For his actions
John DeSilva is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
At approximately 4:29 pm on 07th April 2016, a fire began in house on Cullenbeg Park, Mountmellick, Co. Laois. Mark Fleming who was nearby was alerted by a neighbour that there was a fire in the house. He called 999 before making his way into the house. He assisted the home owner to the ground floor. He then went up to the first floor and despite the limited visibility due to the smoke he located a female occupant of the house. He carried the woman down the stairs where another helper assisted him. It was then that the Laois County Fire and Rescue Service arrived. Despite Mark’s best efforts the lady in question was pronounced deceased some time after.
For his actions
Mark Fleming is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
On 20th May, 2016, a three year old boy was walking through Cork City with his au pair and his 18-month-old sister when he ran over to the water’s edge near Brian Boru Bridge. Before the au pair could grab him, he had slipped and fallen 15 feet into the water below. Frantic the au pair started screaming for someone to take the buggy she had been pushing, so that she could jump in after the boy. As this was happening, Maria Foley who was a passerby had dived into the river to rescue the child. Maria was witnessed holding the child above water and when the Fire Service arrived at the scene they assisted in the removal of both from the water. They were subsequently conveyed to the Mercy Hospital where they both made full recoveries.
For her actions
Maria Foley is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
On 14th July, 2014 at approximately 7:30 p.m., a call was received at Dungarvan Garda Station concerning a male who had entered the Colligan River, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford and who appeared to be in distress. Garda David Hearne from Waterford Station proceeded to the scene. The man appeared to be barely above the surface of the water approximately 300 meters distant from where Garda Hearne was standing. Garda Hearne entered the water carrying a lifebuoy and swam as quickly as possible towards the man, calling to him and encouraging him to remain calm. During this time, he observed the man disappear below the surface completely on four or five occasions, resurfacing on each occasion after a few seconds. When Garda Hearne reached the man, he heaved him towards his body and secured his head clear of the water using the ringbuoy as an aid. He then swam to shore where the fire brigade crew assisted in bringing them both to safety. The man was conveyed to University Hospital Waterford where he made a full recovery.
For his actions
Garda David Hearne is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
On 15th July, 2015, Alan Herdman was paddle-boarding in Rusheen Bay, Barna, Co. Galway when he was alerted by a dog-walker on the beach there were eight children (aged between eight and twelve) who had become trapped on a sandbank by the incoming tide. By the time he had reached them, one girl had disappeared beneath the waves. Mr. Herdman dived under the water, located the girl and brought her back to the surface. He then put some of the children on his board and told the others to hold on to him. He almost went under himself due to the children’s weight, but managed to use his whistle to attract the attention of his colleagues from the nearby Windsurfing School to help him the children back to shore. Another girl had gone under the waves, but he managed to grab her before she disappeared.
For his actions
Alan Herdman is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
On 03rd October, 2014, Ian Jackman jumped from a fishing vessel into the River Slaney, Co. Wexford. Upon witnessing a man in difficulty, Mr. Jackman swam a considerable distance to assist to assis this man, who had moments earlier jumped into the water at Commercial Quay. The waters were cold and dark at the time but Mr. Jackman managed to hold the man for ten minutes until Wexford R.N.L.I. Lifeboat arrived to take them both to safety.
For his actions
Ian Jackman is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
On the night of 14th December 2014, a fire occurred in the house of an elderly lady who had limited mobility and many ailments necessitating medical equipment such as oxygen, concentrators and a bipap machine. When the fire started she phoned her neighbour Mr. Gerry Keenan who soon afterwards entered the building and assisted the elderly lady. It should be noted that there was a gas heater close to where the fire started but this did not deter Mr. Keenan who brought her to safety and then alerted the Ambulance, Fire Service and Gardaí who attended the scene. The lady spent one month in hospital and was later discharged
For his actions
Gerry Keenan is awarded a Certificate of Bravery

CITATION
At 11:15 pm on 28th August 2015, the Kilmore Quay lifeboat received a phone call from a member of the public worried about an overdue vessel called the Jillian. At 11:45 the registered ferry boat An Crosan left Kilmore Quay to aid in the search. This boat contained Sam Nunn, Ruari Nunn, Brian Kehoe and Niall McGee. As they arrived near the Great Saltee Island they heard what they believed to be cries in the darkness. They turned off the boat’s engine and used a searchlight to discover the upturned Jillian with ten people clinging to the hull. Within minutes the crew of An Crosan had got the ten survivors on board. They had been in the water for five hours and showed clear signs of hypothermia. At approximately 12:25 the lifeboat arrived and took one very unwell casualty from An Crosan who was brought to Wexford General Hospital where tragically he was pronounced dead. The rest of the survivors of the Jillian made full recoveries.
For their actions
The Kilmore Quay Lifeboat Crew is awarded a group Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
At approximately 7:00 pm on 05th May 2016, John Anthony Maher was alerted by his wife that the house next door was on fire. They raised the alarm as they knew a family of four lived in this house. One of the children an 8 year old boy managed to open the front door and John’s wife took him to safety. John ran into the house where he met the mother in the hall and the father who was in the back garden trying to fight the flames with a hose. John advised the father that they should evacuate the house. The other child a four year old daughter was asleep upstairs and the father’s mother was asleep in the bedroom over the garage. John assisted in waking up and removing these people. Despite being disoriented by the smoke, John re-entered the house to rescue the family’s pet dog.
For his actions
John Anthony Maher is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
On 11th May 2015, Brian Murphy was driving over the bridge at Innishannon in a tractor when he saw a wheelchair. He recognised it from an incident that had taken place on 4th May 2015 when he had assisted in the rescue of a man who had gone missing. From the bridge, John saw the same man heading towards the river with the aid of walking sticks. Mr. Murphy pulled in the tractor and rang the Gardaí in Bandon for assistance. He then ran towards the river and saw that he didn’t have time to wait for assistance, as the man was already entering the water. With no delay, Mr. Murphy entered the water and followed the man out into the middle of the water. The man struggled with Mr. Murphy as he tried to free himself but was unable. At this point two Gardaí from Bandon Garda Station arrived. One of them entered the water and assisted Mr. Murphy in bringing the man back to the shore where other Garda helped in getting the man onto the slippery bank.
For his actions
Brian Murphy is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
At approximately 2:00 am on the 20th December, 2015 Dylan Murphy who was 16 years of age at the time was finishing his shift at the Anchor Bar, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford when he was informed that there was a woman in the River Colligan and she was experiencing difficulty in the water. Dylan along with two colleagues ran out to the quay wall and observed the woman who was in distress. Dylan got a life buoy from the quay wall and jumped into the river. His two friends both stayed at the quay wall and held onto the rope which was attached to the life buoy. Dylan swam out to the lady and by the time he reached where she had been located he had to dive beneath the water to find her. Dylan managed to locate her and he attached the rope around the lady concerned who appeared lifeless. His friends pulled the rope attached to the life buoy in towards the quay wall while Dylan swam behind ensuring that the lady stayed afloat. The lady was lifted up over the quay wall and placed into the recovery position at the quayside after which paramedics arrived and she was treated and removed to hospital.
For his actions
Dylan Murphy is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
On the afternoon of 09th August, 2014, Aaron O’Kelly and two friends were surfing at Tullan Strand in Bundoran, Co. Donegal. There was a big ground swell, an offshore wind and an incoming tide. They noticed people shouting and waving on the cliff top. They could see someone on a surfing board in trouble at the foot of the cliff. He had got caught in the riptide and was being pulled in towards the rocks. He was inexperienced and was trying to battle against the current but was obviously exhausted. Mr. O’Kelly surfed in and got the man to hold onto the leash of his board and paddled the two of them to safer water. The lifeboat arrived at this point and got the man on board. He spent a night in Sligo General Hospital and subsequently made a full recovery.
For his actions
Aaron O’Kelly is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

CITATION
On 13th November, 2015, Patrick O’Sullivan (who was 16 at the time) was walking back to his grandparents’ house in Jobstown at approximately 3:30pm when he heard a woman screaming. He ran to help and saw a man trying to steal her handbag. He intervened, but the thief managed to take the bag during the struggle and fled on a bike. Mr. O’Sullivan gave chase for a short distance, but returned to help the woman who was still screaming. He escorted her to her parents’ home. It was only when she was safely in the house that he noticed blood seeping through his clothes. He was rushed to Tallaght Hospital and underwent emergency surgery when consultants realised that he had internal bleeding.
For his actions
Patrick O’Sullivan is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

National Bravery Awards 2015
On Friday, 13th November 2015, the National Bravery Awards ceremony took place in Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Award Recipients received their medals and certificates from the Ceann Comhairle, Mr. Seán Barrett, T.D.
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Linda Brereton
AWARD NO. 1
At 2.00pm on 20th August, 2012 a number of youths were swimming at Mindszenty Park, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan when one youth got into difficulty. A second youth entered the water to help his friend but he also got into difficulty. Both youths began to struggle and went under the water a number of times. Linda Brereton was sitting in the park at the time with a friend while their children where played when she became aware of the situation. She immediately entered the water and walked out until she came to a deep ledge from where she swam to the two boys. They both held on to her and she brought them safely back to shore. Neither boy was injured as a result of the incident.
Without the swift actions of Ms Brereton the two young people concerned may well have perished.
For her efforts
Linda Brereton is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

Eamon Friel
AWARD NO. 2
At approximately 2.30pm on 5th May, 2013, Eamon Friel was walking with the Sligo Mountaineering Club when one of their members accidentally fell into one of the disused pit shafts near the entrance to the old Barites mines.
Mr Friel climbed into the pit shaft to rescue the women as there was water in the shaft and she could not swim. She was in fact hanging onto a beam at the side of the pit and her feet could not reach the bottom. Mr Friel lowered himself onto a pipe at the side of the pit and managed to get down onto a ledge within the shaft and pulled the woman from the water onto the ledge until the rescue services arrived.
There is no doubt that but for the action of Mr Friel the incident could have resulted in the loss of life.
For his efforts Eamon Friel is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

 Sergeant Oliver Goggin
AWARD NO. 3
On the 16th July, 2006, a woman who had earlier gone missing from the Psychiatric Unit in Bantry General Hospital, was seen entering the sea water at Harbour View. She then proceeded to walk into deeper water and it was quite apparent that she was attempting to commit suicide by drowning. Sergeant Oliver Goggon, who was on duty at the time entered the water and swam to the aid of the woman who was in a distressed state. With great difficulty and with consideration only for the well-being of the woman, Sergeant Goggin single-handedly managed to bring her back to the shore and safety.
Without the actions of Sergeant Goggin the lady in question may well have perished.
For his action Sergeant Oliver Goggin is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

David Grant, Alex May, Ben Graham and Shane Kennedy
AWARD NO. 4
On 19th June, 2013, David Grant, Alex May and Ben Graham (who were all 14 years of age at the time of the incident) were walking by Balbriggan Harbour when they saw a group of girls shouting to them that one of their group was drowning. They saw the girl was unconscious, face-down in the water. David Grant and Alex May jumped into the water to assist the girl, while Ben Graham was on the pier wall trying to get a life ring to help bring the girl out of the water. Eventually with the assistance of local fisherman Shane Kennedy, they managed to get the swimmer to dry land where she came around in time to be treated by the Coastguard.
For their efforts
David Grant is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Alex May is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Ben Graham is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Shane Kennedy is awarded a Certificate of Bravery

Nigel Harkin, Noreen Mc Loughlin, Mariosa Shiels  and Hugh Mc Cauley
AWARD NO. 5
On 6th October, 2014, 39 Patients of Donegal Mental Health Services along with 4 staff members were on a holiday together in Beach Hotel, Downings, Co. Donegal. At approximately 11.30pm smoke was seen on the hotel monitor. The four nursing staff along with the three hotel staff on duty went upstairs to investigate. The second floor corridor was filled with smoke. Staff Nurse Mariosa Shiels along with Staff Nurse Noreen Mc Laughlin and Staff Nurse Nigel Harkin identified the room where the fire had started. Entering the room, they found and rescued a collapsed patient. When one patient initially could not be located, Nurse Mc Laughlin went back upstairs to search for this patient (This person was subsequently located outside the hotel.) Staff Nurse Hugh Mc Cauley helped evacuate all the patients in the smoke-filled corridor back beyond the fire doors. He then completed the evacuation process and assisted in immediate care of staff and patients. He acted as the main liaison person for the fire and ambulance crews.
There is no doubt that Staff Nurse Nigel Harkin, Staff Nurse Noreen Mc Laughlin, Staff Nurse Mariosa Shiels and Staff Nurse Hugh Mc Cauley all displayed exceptional bravery on the night of the incident. All the nursing personnel displayed dedication, commitment and bravery far exceeding the normal requirements of a person going about their normal duties.
For their efforts
Staff Nurse Nigel Harkin is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Staff Nurse Noreen Mc Loughlin is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Staff Nurse Mariosa Shiels is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Staff Nurse Hugh Mc Cauley is awarded a Certificate of Bravery

Adam Horgan
AWARD NO. 6
On 15th July, 2013, on Claycastle Strand, Youghal, Co. Cork, a mother went to the aid of her ten year old son when she realised that he had been swept out of his depth by a large wave just a few metres from the shore. When she reached her son she found she was also being dragged into deeper waters by the strong currents while she struggled to keep her son afloat. Adam Horgan who was fifteen at the time heard the mother’s screams for help and immediately went to their aid. He reached the two swimmers and helped the son out of the water first before assisting the mother. Both of them made full recoveries.
There is no doubt that but for the actions of Adam Horgan, the incident could have resulted in loss of life.
For his efforts
Adam Horgan is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

Alastair Jones
AWARD NO. 7
At approximately 6 o’clock on the evening of 16th July, 2011, Alastair Jones was sitting on the seaside slipway when he heard the screams of two women. A freak wave had dragged a three year old boy who was playing with a toy boat at the waters edge away from the shore. Mr. Jones ran into the water without hesitation and swam after the child who was at this stage gone under the water three or four times. Mr. Jones reached the boy within approximately five minutes and managed to pull him up to him in order to keep his head above water. He carried him back to the shore by swimming backwards using his left arm to propel him. The child was ultimately recovered from the water safely. Mr. Jones is a volunteer with Greystones Coastguard and also a qualified emergency medical technician.
Alastair Jones displayed considerable courage in the actions he took. Without his swift actions the boy concerned may well have perished at the time.
For his efforts
Alastair Jones is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

Garda Padraig Keane
AWARD NO. 8
On 4th May, 2014, at 4:41 a.m. a woman was observed climbing on to O’Connell Bridge and then jumping into the River Liffey. Garda Padraig Keane along with another Garda ran to the bridge and could see the female in the water below struggling whilst attempting to swim and call for help. Garda Keane jumped into the water and assisted the female to reach and hold on to a support beam beneath the Boardwalk. Upon the arrival of the Dublin Fire Brigade, both Garda Keane and the injured woman were removed from the water and were taken by ambulance to hospital.
Garda Keane displayed considerable courage in the actions he took. Without the actions of Garda Keane the woman in question may well have perished.
For his actions
Garda Padraig Keane is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

The Killybegs Fire Brigade
AWARD NO. 9
At approximately 8:00am on 1st November, 2013, a fire broke out in the bar premises of Hughie’s Bar, Killybegs, Co. Donegal.  It quickly spread to the upstairs living quarters of a 93 year old woman, who was the sole occupant of the house.
When the barman opened the premises at 8:00am he was met by a smoke filled hallway and was unable to make it upstairs. The woman’s son also tried to gain access through the kitchen window but was unable to do so, due to the intense smoke. By the time the Killybegs Fire Brigade arrived there was smoke billowing from the woman’s bedroom window. Fireman Thomas Curran along with his brother Fireman Shaun Curran proceeded to enter the building and go up the stairs. They broke down the door to the bedroom, located the woman and then proceeded to carry her towards the exit. Fireman Thomas Curran remained upstairs to put out the fire while Fireman Shaun Curran single-handedly carried the woman down the stairs. A waiting ambulance brought her to Letterkenny Hospital where she was treated for shock and smoke inhalation.
Without the swift actions of the Curran brothers in particular, an elderly woman may well have perished.
It was the view of the Assistant Chief Fire Officer that any bravery award should be awarded to the entire crew on duty that day and both Shaun and Thomas Curran agree with this view.
For their effort
The Killybegs Fire Brigade is awarded a Certificate of Bravery which was be accepted on their behalf by the station officer, Kevin Conwell.

Enda McDonald and Rafal Piasecki
Award No 10
On Tuesday 10th December, 2013 between 3.00 and 3.30pm Enda McDonald was driving through Irishtown, New Ross, when he noticed black smoke coming from the first floor window of a mid-terraced house. He immediately pulled over his van and as he did, he saw a face at the upstairs window.  He unstrapped one of the two ladders he was carrying on his van, and ran across the road with it.
As he came to the front of the house he heard a man on his phone talking to the emergency services. Placing the ladder on the left hand side of the window where the victim was, Enda McDonald climbed to the top of the ladder.  The victim had his head, arms and shoulders out of the top opening of a very small window and was suffering very badly from smoke inhalation.  Mr. McDonald reassured him that the emergency services were on their way.  He came back down the ladder and instructed an employee of his, Rafal Piasecki to take the second ladder from the van and place it on the other side of the window.  Mr. Piasecki went up the ladder on the other side and they both pulled the occupant head first out of the window. On getting him to the ground they placed him in the recovery position.  The fire brigade and ambulance arrived shortly aftr and quickly took control of the indcident.
There is no doubt but for the action of Mr. McDonald and Mr. Piasecki that the incident could have resulted in a loss of life.
For their efforts, Enda McDonald and Rafal Piasecki are awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

Garda Carroll Walsh and Garda Sergeant Carrie O’Connor
Award No. 11
On 18th August 2012, Garda Carrie O’Connor (who has since become a Sergeant) along with another Garda from Store Street Garda Station approached a female sitting ona wall beside the River Liffey at Arran Quay, Dublin 7.  The woman without speaking or warning jumped into the river which was near full tide and flowing quickly.  They called for immediate assistance and a squad car driven by Garda Carroll Walsh from Pearse Street Garda Station arrived soon after.  On arrival Garda Walsh quickly assessed the situation and then entered the water and swam to the injured party who by this time was being taken away  by the tide and also sucked down into the water.  However, the woman began to struggle with Garda Walsh as he attempted to bring her to safety.  Garda Carrie O’Connor had at this time entered the water to assist Garda Walsh.  Both Gardai took the woman from the water where an ambulance was waiting.
Both Sergeant Carrie O’Connor and Garda Carroll Walsh showed considerable courage in the actions they took.
For their efforts both Garda Carroll Walsh and Garda Sergeant Carrie O’Connor are awarded a Certificate of Bravery each.

Tony Stack
AWARD NO. 12
On 7th July, 2013, four young siblings (aged between 4 and 14) had been playing in an area on Barrow Beach called Poulgorm.  Tony Stack noticed that that they were in difficulty on a sandbank surrounded by a fast incoming tide that had just turned.  Without hesitation Mr. Stack entered the water and brought all four individually to safety.  Mr. Stack is a member of the Fenit Lifeboat crew.
There is no doubt that but for the actions of Mr. Stack, the incident could have resulted in loss of life.
For his actions
Tony Stack is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

Brian Supple
Award No. 13
On 8th July, 2013 at approximately 5.30pm, Brian Supple (who was 18 at the time and who is also a qualified Lifeguard) was in the vicinity of a quarry when he heard two men in difficulties in the water. Without hesitation he jumped into the water and swam towards the two men.  The temperature was so cold he knew that time was not on his side. When he reached the first man, he saw that the had gone under the water and was unconscious.  Mr. Supple brought him back to the surface and then to dry land.  He went back into the water to rescue the second man.
The second man was still concous but having difficulty breathing.  Brian managed to bring him out of the water and onto dry land.  However, he now had the problem of getting the two  men to the other side of the water and out of 15 onlookers he managed to form a chain of people and successfully managed to transfer the men back to dry land.
There is no doubt but for the actions of Brian Supple, the incident could have resulted in loss of human life.
For his actions Brian Supple is awarded a Certificate of Bravery

Martin Mullen, Stephen Andrews, Thomas O’Brien and Brendan Connolly
Award No 14
At approximately 3.00am on the 31st July 2011, Aidan Mullen (RIP) was walking from Burgh Quay towards Butt Bridge when he accidently fell into the River Liffey.  He was quickly swept towards Butt Bridge.
Martin Mullen, who was the victim’s brother, entered the water using the steps on George’s Quay, attempted to swim out to intercept his brother before he himself got into difficulties.  Stephen Andrews, who was nearby, observed Martin, grabbed him and attempted to swim back to the steps on George’s Quay but he himself was pushed under the water on a number of occasions. Brendan Connolly who was also passing by at the time, saw the situation and went to assist Stephen.  Brendan entered the water, swam after Martin, grabbed him and supported him on the surface.  Thomas O’Brien at this point also entered the river and assisted Brendan in bringing Martin back to the steps.  All four exited the water safely and were treated at the scene by emergency services.  Martin was taken to hospital for treatment and the other trhee men did not suffer any physical injuries.  Tragically, a short time later, the body of Aidan Mullen (RIP) was recovered from the water by the Dublin Fire Brigade.
Martin Mullen’s efforts to save his brother involved significant personal risk.
There is no doubt that without the individual and combined efforts of Stephen Andrews, Brendan Connolly and Thomas O’Brien a double tragic drowning could have occurred.
For their Efforts:  Martin Mullen, Stephen Andrews, Thomas O’Brien and Brendan Connolly are each awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

Eli Brace and Joe Cantillon
Award No. 15
On 1st March 2014, a woman entered the River Shannon at Thomond Bridge, Thomondgate, Limerick.  The water level at this part of the River Shannon was high at the time and there was a strong current flowing.  Having entered the water, the woman was swept down the river.  Once it became apparent that there was a person in the water, the relevant emergency services were requested and the Irish Coastguard was redeployed, but was unable to affect a rescue as she rapidly approached Sarsfield Bridge.  At this time, Mr. Joe Cantillon was on duty on the river as a coach with St. Michael’s Rowing Club. On seeing the helicopter he assumed that it was an exercise and proceeded to Sarsfield bridge in a flat-bottomed boat to observe the event.  Its should be noted that his boat was light and not designed for rescue.  Simultaneously, Limerick City Fire Service, an ambulance and An Garda Síochána arrived at the bridge. Realising that this was not an exercise and observing the woman in the water, Mr. Cantillon set about rescuing her from the water.  As  he approached her, Firefighter Eli Brace jumped into the water to assist.  Together, Mr. Cantillon and Firefighter Eli Brace helped the woman from the water and placed her into the boat.  After being taken ashore, she was brought to University Hospital Limerick where she made a full recovery.
There is no doubt but for the swift actions and considerable courage of Firefighter Eli Brace and Joe Cantillon that the incident may have resulted in loss of life.
For their efforts, Firefighter Eli Brace and Joe Cantillon are each awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

Kerri Brosnan
Award No. 16
On 26th September, 2013 Kerri Brosnan’s mother was attacked by a suckler cow that rammed her against the wall of the calving pen on the family farm in Leamlara, Co. Cork.  Kerri who was 11 years of age at the time, was nearby and started banging on the gate with a pike trying to distract the cow, before she decided to throw a full bucket of nuts over the gate which caused the cow to turn around and investigate momentarily.  This gave Kerri’s mother a chance to get into a standing position and when the cow came for her again she was able to jump over the cow’s back and land inside the vertical headgate the cow had been locked up in.  She was then able to tstep out of hte pen but collapsed in pain as she did so.  Kerri then took her mother’s phone and called for her father but he was about an hour away.  She then called a friend and neighbour of the family who was a nurse and was able to come straight away.  Kerri’s two younger siblings arrived soon afterwards and she was able to stop them panicking by having one sit beside her mother to keep her awake and the other to go to the house to show the neighbour where to find them.  Her mother had received multiple injuries including a severly bruised lung, a tea to her liver and broken ribs.  She has since recovered.
There is no doubt that but for the actions of Kerri Brosnan, the incident could have resulted in loss of life.
For her actions, v

Chris Carr, Ross Brunton and Leon Matthews
Award No 17
At approximately 1.30pm on the 5th March 2014, Chris Carr was driving by a residence on Harbour street in Mullingar when he noticed fire and thick black smoke coming from the building. He stopped his car and looked for assistance in a nearby pub, where he acquired a fire extinguisher and went to the builing, along with Ross Brunton who had been having lunch in the pub at that time. They soon noticed that the fire had accelerated and the fire extinguisher would not be enough. Leon Matthews was passing by on the street at this time and assisted also.  The three men subsequently obtained a ladder from the pub and went back to the apartment block. Using the ladder they removed two male residents from the upper floor though a window.  Mr. Carr entered the apartment block and found a woman slumped over on the floor.  He removed her from the building to safety.
There is no doubt but for the actions of Chris Carr, Ross Brunton and Leon Matthews that this incident may have resulted in loss of life. The three men displayed considerable courage in the actions they took.
For their efforts:
Chris Carr is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.
Ross Brunton and Leon Matthews are each awarded a Certificate of Bravery

Jennifer Cunningham, Luke Foley and Katie McCabe
Award No. 18
On 24th March 2015 at approximately 7.45pm Jennifer Cunningham, Luke Foley and Katie McCabe were waiting at Bayside DART station when they observed a motionless female on the tracks.  Due to a rapidly approaching train the three teenagers reacted quickly and got down on the tracks and removed the vulnerable woman to safety.  This train was not due to stop in that station at that time.  The driver later informed the Gardaí that, as it was a dark night and visibility was poor, he would more than likely not have been able to stop in time.
It later emerged that the woman had suffered and epileptic fit and fell from the platform on to the tracks below.  Medical assistance was sought and she made a full recovery.
There is no doubt but for the swift actions of Luke Foley, Jennifer Cunningham and Katie McCabe that the incident may have resulted in loss of life. All three displayed considerable courage in the actions they took and without their swift actions the woman in question may well have died.
For their efforts: Jennifer Cunningham, Luke Foley and Katie McCabe are each awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

Róisín Halligan
Award No 19
At approxiamately 9.00pm on 16th October 2014, Róisín Halligan was in the sitting room of Ardmore Park, Ballybeg, Waterford watching television.  Her two cousins, a one year old and 3 month old, were also present in the house when the front window was broken and a petrol bomb was thrown into the room.  Róisín’s one year old cousin was sitting in the sitting room with her at the time and Róisín instinctively went to protect her cousin, shielding her to protect her from the flames.  Her grandmother, who was also present, extinguished the fire.  However, Ms Halligan received extensive burns to her face, body, arms and legs, and spent several weeks in Cork University Hospital where she was treated for severe burns.
There is no doubt but for the actions of Róisín Halligan that the incident may have resulted in loss of life.  Róisin displayed considerable courage in the actions she took.
For Her efforts:  Róisín Halligan is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

James Loughlin
Award No. 20
On 14th September, 2014, a three-vehicle-collision occurred on the N15 Donegal Road at the junction with the Leghowney Road.
James Loughlin was passing the scene soon after the collision occurred.  He saw flames coming from the car where the fire had started and predicted all the other cars were likely to catch fire. He approached one of the cars to find two people trapped.  When  he opened the door he found an unconscious female and heard the man in the driver’s seat scream for someone to get hsi wife out. He got the woman out and brought her to a safe area returning to get the man. However, the man’s feet were trapped but he managed to release  him and brought him to safety. The car at this stage was engulfed in black smoke and soon after went up in flames.
There is now doubt but for the swift actions of James Loughlin that the incident may have resulted in loos of life. Mr. Loughlin displayed considerable courage in the actions he took.
For his efforts James Loughlin is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

Paul Lynam-Loane
Award No. 21
On 11th December 2013 at approximately 7.30am Paul Lynam-Loane was driving home after a twelve hour night shift at a care centre when  he noticed flames coming from a window on the North Circular Road.  He stopped the car and rang 999, and was told to knock at the front door to get everybody out, which he did.  As there was no response, Mr. Lynam-Loane kicked the door in and went upstairs shouting for everybody to evacuate the building.  There was some confusion at first as some of the residents believed he was a burglar and as many of the residents were foreign nationals there were language difficulties.  Mr Lynam-Loane reassured the residents and he was able to evacuate everybody from the building.  Soon afterwards the emergency services arrived and dealt with the fire.
There is no doubt that but for the swift actions of Paul Lynam-Loane the incident may have resulted in loss of life.  Mr. Lynam-Loane’s quick thinking and heroic actions saved the lives of several people.  As a direct result of his involvement, there were thankfully no injuries in this fire.  All the residents of the building were evacuated safely.
For his efforts Paul Lynam-Loane is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of  Bravery.

James O’Reilly
Award No. 22
On 25th May, 2013 at approximately 12.45 James O’Reilly (R.I.P.) who was a coach with Navan Road United, was at Courtown Harbour with his football club.  The group of five adults and 13 children went to Courtown for the day after a friendly match they were due to play was cancelled.  As it was a hot day, three of the  youngsters went into the water, but one of them got into difficulty.  Mr. O’Reilly jumped into the water to help the child, but both got into difficulties and were being dragged out by the current.  Meanwhile, a club member ran to get a life buoy, while another when to the lifeboat station for help.  A teenager who was on the beach swam out to where the two swimmers were, grabbed the youngster and brought him to safety but Mr. O’Reilly was dragged out further by the current and unfortunately, his body was recovered a short time later by Courtown Lifeboat.  The youngster made a full recovery.
There is little doubt but for the swift actions of James O’Reilly that day, another young man may well have drowned. Mr. O’Reilly displayed considerable courage in the actions he took. Without his swift actions the young man concerned mauy well have perished.
For his actions James O’Reilly is posthumously awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery

Garda Brendan O’Toole
Award No. 23
On 22nd May, 2014, Garda Brendan O’Toole, who was off duty at the time and in  his civilian clothes, observed two masked raiders enter Cullens Corner Shop and suspected they were committing a robbery.  He parked his vehicle a short distance away, rang the Garda Station and approached the shop to investigate further.  He observed one of the raiders at the entrance who was standing guard outside.  Garda O’Toole casually walked passed him and entered the shop.
Upon entering, he closed the door behind him and confronted the second raider who had already gone behind the shop counter and was in the process of assaulting the shopkeeper.  He unmasked the raider inside the shop and showed his face clearly to the CCTV cameras.  At this stage, the raider who had stood guard at the front door of the shop had come in, produced a firearm (which transpired to be a “realistic imitation firearm”) and pointed it at the shopkeeper demanding that he open the cash register.  He also threatened to shoot Garda O’Toole if he did not release the other raider from  his grasp.  Garda O’ Toole was compelled to release this raider when confronted with this scenario.  Both raiders made their escape on foot.  Garda O’Toole courageously pursued both of them.  He managed to apprehend the raider who had been armed but during the chase threw away his weapon. Garda O’Toole sustained an injury to his hand during this struggle which necessitated hospital treatment.  The other raider was arrested later that evening at this home.
There is no doubt but for the swift actions of Garda Brendan O’Toole that the incident may have resulted in loss of life.  Garda O’toole displayed considerable courage in the actions he took.
For his efforts : Garda Brendan O’Toole is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

John O’Donoghue
AWARD NO. 24
On 20th June, 2013, while moving cattle on the family farm, John O’Donoghue’s father, Joe O’Donoghue, was attacked and gored by a bull. John O’Donoghue (who was 15 years of age at the time) ran to his father’s aid and grabbed the bull by the nose ring and around his neck. He distracted the bull for long enough to allow his father to escape to safety.
As they both ran for their vehicle, the bull once again hit Joe. John again went to his father’s aid and held the bull by the neck, allowing his father time to escape. Both men made it to their jeep and the bull began to attack the vehicle, which continued to do until they left the field. Joe O’Donoghue was seriously injured but has since recovered.
There is no doubt that but for the swift actions of John O’Donoghue the incident may have resulted in loss of life. Without the swift actions of John, his father may well have been killed.
For his efforts
John O’Donoghue is awarded a Silver Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

Garda Michael Twomey
AWARD NO. 25
On the night of 17th/18th April, 2014, a series of incidents took place which posed serious and substantial risk to the general public in the Cork area. The incident arose as a result of two people who stole a van and shortly thereafter committed a burglary at the Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire, Co. Cork. In the course of this burglary a large quantity of alcohol was stolen and the suspects proceeded to joyride across Cork City and County resulting in five separate collisions. During the course of these incidents many of the public road users, both drivers and pedestrians, were put in serious danger.
It was during the course of these events that Garda Michael Twomey showed exemplary initiative in anticipating the route of travel of the suspect vehicle and with his Garda motorcycle, set up a traffic warning point in the interest of preserving life at a major road junction, Cork City and Mallow. He was intentionally rammed by the stolen vehicle and thrown from his official motorcycle. Garda Twomey received serious back, neck and leg injuries in the incident and was removed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital. The two offenders were later arrested and were subsequently convicted.
Without the selfless actions of Garda Twomey catastrophic injuries to members of the public and members of An Garda Síochána may well have occurred.
For his efforts
Garda Michael Twomey is awarded a Silver Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

Colin Carter
AWARD NO. 26
On the night of 16th August shortly before 1:00am a house on Chord Road was the subject of a suspected arson attack.  The resident of this house was an elderly, disabled woman who was confined to a wheelchair and was sleeping at the time. A passerby noticed a group acting in a suspicious manner before seeing the fire in the window of the house and hearing the moaning and coughing of the lady inside.  He raised the alarm in McDonnell’s public house across the road and Colin Carter along with another person went out to help.  They were able to gain entrance through the front door and Mr. Carter then made his way into the sitting room of the house by crawling on his hands and knees.  He made his way to the lady’s room where he helped her from her bed and onto the ground from where he dragged her to the front door.  Mr. Carter removed her clear of the house with the assistance of others who included a qualified nurse who began administering care to the lady.  During the rescue, Mr. Carter received injuries to his body in the form of burns to both of his arms, his back and his head.  The lady was removed to St. James’ Hospital where she remained until unfortunately passing away from her injuries on 20th November, 2014 having never regained consciousness.
There is no doubt that but for the swift actions of Colin Carter the incident may have resulted in loss of life. Mr. Carter displayed considerable courage in the actions he took.  While the lady has since passed away there is no doubt that without the actions of Mr. Carter the lady may well have perished.
For his efforts
Colin Carter is awarded a Silver Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

National Bravery Awards 2014
On Friday, 24th October 2014, the National Bravery Awards ceremony was held at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Award Recipients received their medals and certificates from the Ceann Comhairle, Mr. Seán Barrett, T.D.
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Stephen Deery
In the week leading up to Tuesday 22nd October, 2013, a small child around 2 years old, climbed out of the window of his home without his mother’s knowledge and made his way to a main road in Carlow town beside a service station on Green Lane.  As one car missed the little boy, Stephen Deery who was aged 21 at the time and was at the time performing a forecourt check, saw him and at great personal risk went onto the road. He was able to scoop the little child out of the path of a second car, which had to slam on the brakes to avoid the child. After rescuing the boy, Mr. Deery sat the toddler on a wall and helped locate the boy’s family.
There is no doubt but for the swift actions of Mr. Stephen Deery that the incident may have resulted in loss of life.  Mr. Deery displayed considerable courage in the actions he took.
For his efforts
Stephen Deery is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

Denis O’Leary
On the morning of 24th July, 2011 at approximately 6:10am, Denis O’Leary was driving through Farranfore when he saw a car in a grass margin with steam rising from the front of it.  Mr. O’Leary stopped his car, went over to the other car and found a man trapped in the driver’s seat.  There was a fire starting underneath the driver’s seat but the driver’s door would not open.  The man was able to move himself to the front passenger side of the car where Mr. O’Leary was able to open the door and help him out of the car.  With the help of an unknown delivery man who had stopped nearby Mr. O’Leary was able to bring the man away from the car that was soon completely engulfed in flames.  The Garda Síochána and Fire Service arrived soon after.  The driver suffered severe burns to his legs and would have burnt to death had Mr. O’Leary not rescued him.

There is no doubt but for the swift actions of Mr. Denis O’Leary that the incident may have resulted in loss of life.  Mr. O’Leary displayed considerable courage in the actions he took. Without the swift actions of Mr. O’Leary the young man in question may well have perished.
For his efforts
Denis O’Leary is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

Garda Donal Callaghan & Garda Paul Oliphant
On the 31st January, 2013 at approx 17:40, an emergency “999” call was received at the Communications Room in Monaghan Garda Station from a caller reporting that a woman was drowning in Peter’s Lake just off Monaghan town centre.  Garda Donal Callaghan who was on duty in the station immediately ran to the scene and talked to the caller who pointed out the area the witness believed he saw the woman in the lake.  It was during the hours of darkness and visibility was very poor, but despite this Garda Callaghan without hesitation entered the water and swam to the area in question.  He was able to locate the body of an unconscious female face down in the water and so he commenced towing this woman towards the shore.  At this time, Garda Paul Oilphant had also arrived at the scene and after locating a Life-Buoy, waded into the water to assist Garda Callaghan in taking the woman ashore.  On the shoreline, Garda Callaghan and Garda Oilphant commenced CPR and managed to resuscitate the woman who was soon after brought by ambulance to Cavan General Hospital where she later made a full recovery.

There is no doubt that but for the swift actions of Garda Donal Callaghan and Garda Paul Oilphant that the incident may have resulted in loss of life.  The two members involved displayed considerable courage in the actions they took.  Without the swift actions of both Gardai the young lady concerned may well have perished.
For their efforts
Garda Donal Callaghan is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.
Garda Paul Oliphant is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

Garda Richard Pender
On the evening of 22nd July, 2009, Garda Richard Pender responded to a call in relation to a public order incident which occurred outside the Black Horse Public House, Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8.  He attended the scene along with five other Gardai.  There were a large number of people outside the pub who appeared to be having an argument with a couple who were having a domestic dispute.  The tempers of this large crowd were rather frayed and the situation appeared hostile. Garda Pender along with his colleagues spoke to several members of the crowd in an attempt to calm the situation when he was informed that a woman was drowning in the canal.  He observed a female in the middle of the canal face down in the water and apparently unconscious.  Garda Pender removed his utility belt, stab proof vest, radio and shoes and jumped into the water.  He swam over the woman and then brought her to the bank of the canal where she was pulled from the water.  At the same time, a second man had also jumped into the canal to assist in the rescue but he also ran into difficulties and began to shout that he was drowning.  Garda Pender then re-entered the canal, swam over to the man and brought him to the bank of the canal.  This person appeared uninjured and immediately left the area without being identified.  It should also be said that a volatile crowd had gathered along the canal which made the scene very chaotic.  A short time later an ambulance arrived, treated the woman initially at the scene and then brought her and Garda Pender to St. James’ Hospital where they both made complete recoveries.
There is no doubt that but for the swift actions of Garda Pender that the incident may have resulted in loss of life.
For his efforts
Garda Richard Pender is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

Richard Galvin
On the 24th August, 2012, Richard Galvin was at the beach with his wife and children when he became aware that there was a person in difficulty in the water some distance from shore.  Mr. Galvin got a surf board and swam through the choppy water to reach the swimmer in difficulty.  On reaching the swimmer, Mr. Galvin pulled him onto the surf board and managed to bring him back to the beach safely under difficult conditions.  The Irish Coast Guard and rescue helicopter arrived on the scene shortly afterwards and the man was transported to hospital where he made a full recovery.
There is no doubt that but for the swift actions and quick thinking of Mr. Gavin this incident would have resulted in loss of life.
For his efforts
Richard Galvin is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

Garda Mark Irwin & Reserve Garda Stephen Corrigan
On 28th October, 2012, Garda Mark Irwin and Reserve Garda Stephen Corrigan were in a squad car in pursuit of another car that had been driving erratically on Bridge Street, Westport, Co. Mayo.  It swerved on a number of occasions and narrowly avoided collided with parked cars.  The driving was becoming extremely dangerous and the driver overtook a vehicle while going around a very dangerous bend and it was at this stage Garda Irwin made a decision to stop pursuing the vehicle for the safety of the general public.  The vehicle soon afterwards veered off the road into Knappaghbeg Lake. Garda Irwin and Reserve Garda Corrigan immediately went to the scene to investigate, got out of their squad car and went into the lake as the car was on its roof and was submerged in the water.  Although the driver was trapped in the vehicle the two Gardai managed to lift the driver’s head from under the water to an air pocket and keep him conscious until the fire brigade and ambulance arrived, which was approx twenty minutes later. The driver was subsequently freed from the car and transferred to Mayo General Hospital where he received treatment for his injuries.
Reserve Garda Stephen Corrigan and Garda Mark Irwin displayed considerable courage in entering the lake in freezing temperatures. Without their quick thinking and brave actions on the night it is possible that the driver of the car could have perished.
For their efforts
Garda Mark Irwin is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.
Reserve Garda Stephen Corrigan is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

Garda Mark Irwin & Garda John Boyle
Around 4 am on 18th November, 2012, Garda John Boyle and Garda Mark Irwin, while patrolling the Westport Quay area, observed the rear red lights of a car at the edge of a pier.  As they approached they noticed a male with his head in his hands beside the car which was actually hanging over the edge of the pier.  Its engine was still running and lights left on and the driver’s door open.  The man said that his friend who was the driver of the car had fallen into the sea below.  The two Gardai went to the edge and saw a young man in the sea.  It appeared that he had attempted to exit the car once it had crashed but had fallen 15 feet into the sea and was holding onto a lower ledge trying to keep his head above water.  Both Gardai decided to make their way down to him via a fixed ladder and entered the sea.  They then dragged the man from the sea and carefully brought him back up the ladder and onto dry ground.  He was subsequently brought to Mayo General Hospital where he made a full recovery.  The water was at high tide, approximately 20 feet deep and the temperature was freezing at the time of the incident.
There is no doubt that but for the swift actions of Garda Mark Irwin and Garda John Boyle that the incident may have resulted in loss of life.  The two members involved displayed considerable courage in the actions they took.  Without the swift actions of both Gardai the man concerned may well have perished.
For their efforts
Garda Mark Irwin is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.
Garda John Boyle is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

Winnifred Roubians
On 29th June, 2012, Winnifred Roubians’ children were playing with some other children outside her house when one of the children slipped and fell into a nearby river.  Due to heavy rainfall, the river was swollen.  The boy who could not swim was swept away and could not be seen from the small bridge over the river.  Ms. Roubian’s son came to the house to raise the alarm.  Ms Roubians ran to the river and without hesitation or thought for her own life, jumped in and had to wade and swim a distance of over 200 metres before finding the child who was clinging to brambles along the side of the river and rescued him.  The child was in shock and had taken in a great deal of water.  Ms. Roubians pulled him from the water and carried him to a Garda car which had arrived at the scene.

There is no doubt that but for the swift actions of Ms. Roubians that the incident may have resulted in loss of life.  Ms. Roubians displayed considerable courage in the actions she took.  Without her swift actions, the young boy concerned may well have perished.
For her efforts
Winnifred Roubians is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

Mark O’Mahony
On 29th May, 2013, three men had to swim to Horse Island off Audley Cove near Ballydehob, Co. Cork after their small vessel sank.  They tried to swim the 1.5 km to shore but because of swirling currents they couldn’t reach it and began to get into difficulties.  Mark O’Mahony who was swimming near the shore heard the three men’s cries for help and after telling his wife to raise the alarm got into his kayak and despite a broken paddle, strong tides and gusting winds was able to reach one of the swimmers.  Mr. O’Mahony got him to hold onto his kayak.  Two lifeboats from Baltimore RNLI soon arrived and Mr. O’Mahony pointed them in the direction of the other two swimmers.  The three men were brought to shore and then transferred by Irish Coastguard helicopter to Cork University Hospital.
There is no doubt that but for the courageous actions of Mr. Mark O’Mahony the incident may have resulted in loss of life. Mr. O’Mahony displayed considerable courage in the actions he took.  Without his swift actions the three young men concerned may well have perished.
For his efforts
Mark O’Mahony is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

Garda Alan Gallagher
On 23rd October, 2012 at approx: 4.30 pm, Gardai from Donegal Town responded to a call of a house fire at The Mullans, Donegal Town.  On arrival at the scene, there were a number of local people in the garden of the single storey semi-detached house.  Smoke was emerging from under the roof of the house and flames had started to break through the upper end of the house to the right of the front door.  On being told that there maybe a female in the house Garda Alan Gallagher and two other males started banging the windows to elicit a response.  It eventually became apparent that there was someone in the lower bedroom to the left of the front door.  The window of the bedroom was broken and Garda Gallagher entered the house via the window and carried out the sole occupant of the house.  There was a considerable amount of smoke in the house at the time. Garda Gallagher was the only person to enter the house to affect the rescue.  The Fire Service and Ambulance arrived soon after.
There is no doubt that but for the courageous actions of Garda Alan Gallagher that the incident may have resulted in loss of life.  Garda Gallagher involved displayed considerable courage in the actions he took.  Without the swift actions of Garda Gallagher the lady concerned may well have perished.
For his efforts
Garda Alan Gallagher is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

Jason McClay
On the night of 2nd/3rd June, 2012, a car crashed through a barbed wire fence and then travelled down a 30 foot embankment coming to rest in the Crana River at Tullyarvan, Buncrana, Co. Donegal.  Jason McClay who was walking nearby, came to investigate the noise and was informed that a vehicle had gone into the river.  Mr. McClay (who was 19 years of age) ran over to the embankment and scaled down to the vehicle in the river (in complete darkness) disregarding his own personal safety where he assisted in bringing the four occupants to safety.  There were three boys and one girl. They were all able to escape the vehicle with only minor injuries.
There is no doubt that but for the swift actions of Mr. McClay that the incident may have resulted in loss of lives.
For his efforts
Jason McClay is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery. As Mr. McClay is unfortunately unable to attend, his award will be accepted by his parents.

Jason O’Farrell, Vincent McConnell & George Williams
On 27th March, 2012 at 11:25am, Jason O’Farrell was sitting and talking to Vincent McConnell (both taxi drivers) on Sir John Rogersons Quay, Dublin 2, when they witnessed a man jump into the River Liffey in an attempt to take his own life.  Mr. Farrell entered the river and swam to the victim who was unconscious and appeared to have stopped breathing.  Mr. McConnell threw a nearby life buoy to Mr. Farrell to assist him with the rescue.  Mr. O’Farrell administered CPR while in the water.  The victim was very heavy (it was later discovered that the victim was carrying a rucksack filled with heavy items) and Mr. Farrell was unable to lift him up the metal ladder on the side wall of the river.  Mr. McConnell towed both men to the concrete steps outside State Street Bank where with the assistance of George Williams, who was also a taxi driver who had witnessed the incident, assisted in helping them up the steps.  Mr. O’Farrell continued to give CPR to the victim until the Dublin Fire Brigade arrived.
Mr. O’Farrell displayed exceptional courage and bravery when he jumped into the Liffey to rescue the victim who clearly looked to take his own life.  Although Mr. McConnell’s name wasn’t initially put forward for an award he also played a significant part in the rescue.  While Mr. Williams’ name was also not initially put forward for an award it is recommended that he also should be considered for the part he played in the rescue.
For their efforts
Jason O’Farrell is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.
Vincent McConnell is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.
George Williams is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.
(Both Vincent McConnell and George Williams were unable to attend. They later received their awards)

Derek Allen
On 15th August, 2002, Derek Allen (who was 18 at the time) and his father were enjoying a day out at Bettystown Beach, Co. Meath, when a twelve year old girl, who was swimming in a rubber ring, got into difficulties and drifted out to sea. Despite the fact that Derek was at the other end of a packed beach, he raced into the water and swam for fifteen minutes until he reached the girl. His father followed and assisted Derek in bringing the girl back safely to the shore. The girl was reported as being cold and frightened but otherwise well.
There is no doubt but for the swift actions of Derek Allen, the incident may have resulted in loss of life.  Mr. Allen displayed considerable courage in the actions he took.
For his efforts
Derek Allen is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery

Padraig O’Neill
On 14th October, 2012, Padraig O’Neill and his family were travelling in his van when a tourist car collided with him and caught fire on impact.  Having secured the safety of his family and contacting the emergency services, he ran to the tourist car and removed a female passenger to safety.  He then returned to the driver’s door and realised that the driver was trapped in the car.  At this point, the bonnet of the car was engulfed in flames and the fire was progressing rapidly.  Mr. O’Neill pulled the top part of the door open and broke the glass.  As he was attempting to rescue the driver, Mr. O’Neill now realised that the man’s leg was trapped underneath the driving pedal. Mr. O’Neill reached in and bent the pedal using his full strength which aided the driver to release his leg and be taken from the car.  Both the van and car were now on fire.

There is no doubt but for the swift actions of Mr. Padraig O’Neill that the incident may have resulted in loss of life.  Mr. O’Neill displayed considerable courage in the actions he took.
For his efforts
Padraig O’Neill is awarded a Silver Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

Brian O’Sullivan & Katie O’Neill
On the evening of 21st July, 2013, Brian O’Sullivan (who was 15 at the time) was at Wicklow Pier with some friends when he saw a man who was with two children struggling in the water. The two children were crying so Mr. O’Sullivan jumped into the water, swam over to the man who was now floating face down and proceeded to hold the man’s head above the water.   Katie O’Neill who was a lifeguard attached to Wicklow Town Council was on duty at the time had also become aware of the situation and she also entered the water and started to swim towards Mr. O’Sullivan’s position.  There were a lot of kayaks in the water at the time and the two children managed to get on to one of them.  Ms. O’Neill took over the rescue from Mr. O’Sullivan.  She brought the man who had been in difficulties onto another kayak and attempted to resuscitate him.  The kayak was brought to the shore where two nurses who were nearby took over while Ms. O’Neill contacted the ambulance service.  Subsequently, the man was brought to Tallaght Hospital where unfortunately he passed away the following day.
Brian O’Sullivan acted on instinct and did what he could within the limits of his ability, despite the fact that there were 200 people present. He was the one who took action rather than remain an onlooker.  Katie O’Neill is also worthy of commendation and acted calmly and with authority bringing her skills to bear on the situation. Where it not for the actions of these two people, this incident could have resulted in loss of life.
For their efforts
Brian O’Sullivan is awarded a Silver Medal and Certificate of Bravery.
Katie O’Neill is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

National Bravery Awards 2013
On Friday, 1st November 2013, the National Bravery Awards ceremony was held at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Award Recipients received their medals and certificates from the Ceann Comhairle, Mr. Seán Barrett, T.D.
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Sean McHale, Martin Kavanagh, Martin O’Donnell & Patrick O’Donnell
On the 25th October 1997 a major rescue was underway in an area known as “Lady’s Bay” near Belderrig in County Mayo. A boat with a family of three and another person got into difficulty when the boat overturned after being hit by a wave. All four men receiving awards today played a part in that rescue which sadly took the lives of two people, one occupant of the boat and another person who was lost trying to rescue the others. Were it not for the seamanship, skill, ingenuity and bravery of these four people more lives would have indeed been lost.
For their efforts,
Sean McHale is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Martin Kavanagh is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Martin O’Donnell is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Patrick O’Donnell is awarded a Certificate of Bravery

Aideen Ryan
On the 8th May 2002 a boat with a single male occupant floated out to sea at Doran’s Point in County Mayo. In his attempt to bring the boat back into shore the man got into difficulty. On realising the seriousness of the situation Aideen Ryan entered the water and with the assistance of another passer-by she succeeded in bringing both the man and his boat safely back to shore.
For her efforts,
Aideen Ryan is awarded a Certificate of Bravery

Maurice Kelleher
On the 23rd August 2000 Maurice Kelleher came to the assistance of two men in the rescue of two young brothers aged 11 and 14 who had gotten into difficulty in the waters at Whiting Bay, Youghal, County Cork. Maurice played his part in this rescue by managing the lifebuoy to maximum effect which resulted in the two boys being brought safely to shore. But for the quick and courageous action of all involved in this rescue it is likely that both boys would have drowned. National Bravery Awards have been presented previously to two of the other people involved in this rescue and today,
For his efforts,
Maurice Kelleher is awarded a Certificate of Bravery

Yvonne Donovan
On the 24th June 2001, Yvonne Donovan came to the aid of a young man after he had been stabbed while out for the night with friends. Yvonne noticed that the victim was conscious but he couldn’t speak so in a selfless act she knelt down beside him and wrapped him in her jacket to keep him warm. She continued to comfort him and keep him conscious until the emergency services arrived. But for the intervention of Yvonne the injuries to this young man may have proved fatal.
For her efforts,
Yvonne Donovan is awarded a Certificate of Bravery

Padraig Corcoran
At 5.00 am on the 24th September 1987 Padraig Corcoran was out on Lough Ree, County Roscommon with a friend shooting duck when the boat they were in got stuck in long reeds and hit the silt river bed. The men got out of the boat to pull the boat along. Unfortunately, one of their guns accidently discharged shooting through the side of the boat and maiming Padraig’s friend in the upper thigh.
Padraig managed to get his friend back into the boat and lay him down at the bottom of the boat. Realising that his friend was losing a lot of blood from the wound he found twine and managed to create a tourniquet easing the loss of blood to a trickle. He then managed to get the boat afloat by dragging it into deeper waters allowing him to charge the engine and return to shore where assistance was received from two others.
Because of the injuries received and the subsequent surgeries that were carried out on this man there is no doubt but for the actions of Padraig Corcoran this man would have lost his life.
For his efforts,
Padraig Corcoran is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

Michael Carroll
On the 25th October 1998 Michael Carroll entered the water to rescue a woman who had gotten into difficulty in the Castletown River at Georges Quay, Dundalk, Co. Louth. By the time the emergency services arrived Mr. Carroll was supporting the woman against one of the dock supports. At the time the river was in full tidal flood and just beginning to ebb which resulted in a strong current at the quayside. In addition the weather was particularly cold and miserable. It is felt that the action taken by Mr. Carroll was particularly courageous when one considers the difficult conditions that existed at that time. As result of Mr. Carroll’s brave deed the woman was brought to safety.
For his efforts,
Michael Carroll is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

Elizabeth Barrett
In July 1999, Elizabeth Barrett was then a Scout Leader with the Skerries Unit who were camping along with other scouting units in Lough Key, near Boyle in County Roscommon.
One of the other Scout Leaders from another Unit waded into Louth Key and, as she did, the sands below began to shift. As she couldn’t swim she lost her footing and fell into the water. The scene was unfolding in front of many young members who were obviously stricken by the sight of one of their leaders struggling in the water. Elizabeth Barrett took control of the situation and after ensuring that the youngsters were safe and calm she swam the distance into the lake and rescued her colleague towing her back to the safety of dry land. But for the swift actions of Elizabeth this event could have resulted in a much more serious outcome.
For her efforts,
Elizabeth Barrett is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

Garda John Reilly
At 11.50 pm on 8th August 2011, Garda John Reilly and a colleague responded to a call to go to Horse Lane, Drogheda, County Louth where there was a report of a woman standing close to the water’s edge along the embankment. Two other Gardaí also attended the scene. Garda Reilly immediately requested one of his colleagues to distract the woman while he lowered himself, with assistance from another colleague, to the water’s edge. From there he engaged the woman in conversation until the Coastguard personnel arrived. At that point the woman threw herself into the fast flowing river followed closely by Garda Reilly who managed to hold onto her and bring her to the river bank where she received first-aid before being removed to hospital.
There is no doubt but for the swift actions of Garda Reilly, the incident may have resulted in the loss of life. Garda Reilly demonstrated an unselfish determination to preserve the life of the woman, showing little regard for his own safety.
For his efforts,
Garda John Reilly is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery.

Garda James Hanley
At 8.00 pm on 13th January 2013 Garda James Hanley and a colleague responded to a 999 call indicating that a woman had jumped into the River Fergus in Ennis, County Clare. When they arrived to the scene they found the woman hanging onto a life buoy in the river. As she was unresponsive to their calls Garda Hanley climbed the river boundary wall and waded out to her. The woman was conscious but very frightened and weak. Garda Hanley managed to keep the woman’s head above water and continued to reassure her until he was able to pull her out of the water with the assistance of his colleague and some onlookers. The woman was treated by paramedics and removed to hospital where she made a full recovery.
There is no doubt but for the courageous action of Garda James Hanley entering the river, especially in difficult conditions as it was cold and there was a strong current, this incident may have resulted in a loss of life.
For his efforts,
Garda James Hanley is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery.

Garda Padraig McWeeney
At 5.45 am on 1st August 2010, Garda Padraig McWeeney and Garda James Rowan responded to a call that a woman had fallen into the water at Tarmonbarry, County Roscommon. The Gardaí arrived at the scene and saw the woman in great distress in the water. They noticed a small boat nearby and attempted to untie it to no avail with a view to getting it out to her. Garda Rowan, without any thought to his own personal safety and fully clothed, entered the water and made his way over to where the woman had last been seen. Garda McWeeney threw a lifebuoy in their direction and then entered the water himself. It took both Gardaí, with some difficulty and great effort, to get the woman to shore where they were are to successfully resuscitate her.
If not for the prompt and brave actions of Garda James Rowan and Garda Padraig McWeeney on that early morning in question there is little doubt that this woman would have lost her life and drowned.
For their efforts,
Garda Padraig Weeney is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery
Garda James Rowan is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery

Garda Joseph Hayes
At 6.30 am on 6th June 2012 Garda Joseph Hayes was on duty with colleagues in the Dock Road area of Limerick City when they noticed a woman standing by the River Shannon. The Gardaí were concerned for her welfare and stopped to talk to her.
The woman appeared to be in an irrational state and seemed to be intoxicated, and while every effort was made to persuade her to step away from the edge of the river, she jumped in. Garda Hayes immediately reacted and followed the woman into the river. He quickly swam to her assistance and brought her back to the quayside where, with the help of his colleagues, she was removed from the water and taken by ambulance to hospital.
Garda Hayes’ actions in this instance are to be highly commended especially when one considers the natural elements that he had to overcome. The River Shannon is tidal and at that time of the year, it can reach six metres. At the time the tide was coming in and the force and swell of the river was made worse by the heavy rain that had previously fallen. The currents in such conditions are treacherous and Garda Hayes faced a real risk to his own life in saving this woman.
For his efforts,
Garda Joseph Hayes is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery.
Padraic Manning
On 27th July 2007, Padraic Manning was sitting on the pier at Dingle, County Kerry where he was visiting from his native Connemara when he noticed a mother and her three children walking along the quayside heading towards a funfair. One of the children broke away and ran towards a boat. Failing to see the gap between the boat and the harbour wall the child plunged into the sea. As the mother, who could not swim, began to scream and look for help, Padraic responded and with little thought for his own safety he dived in after the child. Padraic Manning caught hold of the child and managed to bring her back towards the ladder at the edge of the pier, where with some assistance from the crowd that had gathered, he was able to climb back to safety with the young child in his arms.
Padraic Manning did not hesitate in placing his own life at risk, especially when one considers the close proximity of moored boats in the harbour, the quay wall and the currents of the sea in the area. There, but for his bravery, could have been a very tragic accident.
For his efforts,
Padraic Manning is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery.
John O’Flynn
At 11.15 pm on 25th February, 2011, John O’Flynn was walking along the Christy Ring Bridge over the River Lee in Cork City with a group of friends when they noticed that there was a man in the river at Lavitts Quay. Without consideration of the risk to himself he climbed down the ladder at the side of the river and lowered himself into the freezing cold water. He continued swimming out across the river until he reached the man. He took hold of the man and managed to get him back to the water’s edge where he held onto him until the Fire Brigade arrived a short time later.
There is little doubt that the man would have died on that night if John O’Flynn had not taken the courageous decision to enter the water and rescue him.
For his efforts,
John O’Flynn is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery.

Arthur Duff
In the late hours of 5th September 2007 Arthur Duff was at his home in the North Strand area of Dublin when he was disturbed by the noise of people outside his home. Through his window he observed a couple and when the noise suddenly stopped he once again went to the window where he saw the couple were now face-down in the Royal Canal which runs by his house.
Without hesitating Mr. Duff went to the assistance of the couple and noticing a boy on his bicycle he called him to raise the alarm and call the emergency services. Arthur Duff jumped into the water and managed to bring the man to the water’s edge and get him out of the canal with the assistance of two Gardaí who had arrived on the scene. Arthur Duff then returned to the water to retrieve the woman and again he was successful in bringing her to the canal edge where the Gardaí were able to assist in removing her from the canal. Both people were given CPR at the canal edge by the Gardaí before being brought to hospital where both were treated. Sadly the woman later died in the Mater Hospital.
Arthur Duff, who at his own personal risk jumped into the canal to rescue the couple showed immense bravery and courage in the actions that he took.
For his efforts,
Arthur Duff is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery.

Cillian Mahon and Ryane Twomey
In the late hours of 17th August 2011, Cillian Mahon and Ryane Twomey were celebrating their Leaving Certificate results when they noticed a fire in an apartment block in Patrick Street area of Fermoy, County Cork.
They managed to kick open the main entrance door to the apartment complex and without much thought for their own personal safety they entered the building. The two teenagers managed to fight their way into the smoke-filled premises and locate and drag one man outside to safety. At this point the man they had just rescued informed them that there was another person in the burning building. Cillian Mahon alerted the emergency services while Ryane Twomey returned into the building using his tee-shirt to shield his mouth and nose from the smoke filled building. Ryane Twomey managed to bring the second person out of the building to safety as the Gardaí and emergency services arrived. Thankfully, no one was injured in this incident.
There is no doubt but for the swift actions of Cillian Mahon and Ryane Twomey that this incident could have resulted in the loss of life. Both young men displayed considerable courage in the actions they took which resulted in the successful rescue of two people from this burning building.
For their efforts,
Ryane Twomey is awarded a Silver Medal and Certificate of Bravery.
Cillian Mahon is awarded a Silver Medal and Certificate of Bravery.

David McCormack
On the evening of Sunday, 14th August 2011, David McCormack was at home in Kildare when he heard the sound of glass breaking outside. When he went to investigate he noticed smoke coming from the windows of his neighbour Patrick Gibney’s house and his neighbour at one of the upstairs windows in a distressed state. David immediately ran to the house and managed to kick-open the front door of the house. On entering the house the hallway was black and visibility was extremely poor as smoke continued to billow out from the downstairs rooms. David continued through the darkness up the stairs to where he had last seen his neighbour. He located Patrick Gibney on the floor and managed to get him to his feet and pull him down the stairs to where the emergency services were waiting. Mr. Gibney was brought to hospital and was treated for smoke inhalation.
There is no doubt that but for the selfless actions of David McCormack and the bravery and courage that he showed in entering the house this incident could have had a tragic ending with the possible loss of life.
For his efforts,
David McCormack is awarded a Silver Medal and a Certificate of Bravery.

National Bravery Awards 2012
On Friday, 16th November 2012, the National Bravery Awards ceremony was held in t he Ballroom of Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park. Award Recipients received their medals and certificates from the Ceann Comhairle, Mr. Seán Barrett, T.D. Members of the National Bravery Council who attended the ceremony were the Cathaoirleach, Senator Paddy Burke; the Chairman of the Irish Red Cross, Mr. David O’Callaghan; the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise O’Muirí; President of the Association of County and City Councils, Councillor Hilary Quinlan, and the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána, Mr. Martin Callinan
The MC for the ceremony was the Head of Communications at the Houses of the Oireachtas, Mark Mulqueen and the music was provided by members of the Garda Band
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Garda Shaun Brosnan, Garda John Hennessy, Garda Mary Lonergan and Noel Wall
At 11.00 pm on the 4th November 2010, Noel and Mary Wall were disturbed by a caller to their home near Clonmel. The caller alerted them to the fact that a neighbouring house was on fire. Mary contacted the emergency services while Noel went to the burning house. There, with a neighbour, he heard coughing and a muffled response coming from one of the back bedrooms.
Gardaí John Hennessy, Shaun Brosnan and Mary Lonergan from Clonmel Station arrived at the scene to discover that the front of the house was engulfed in flames and smoke was billowing from the house. They were informed that there was a person in the house and Garda Hennessy decided to enter the house via a rear window with the help of Garda Brosnan. The conditions were extremely difficult for Garda Hennessy. He found the bedroom was completely filled with smoke and he had little or no visibility. In addition, the room was very hot, with ash falling from the ceiling and he had difficulty breathing. He continued until he found the man who was slumped, unconscious, by the side of his bed. Garda Hennessy was forced to leave the house to get some air but returned with Garda Brosnan to the aid of the man. By now, the conditions inside the house had significantly deteriorated with flames spreading into the room and there was no visibility. The two Gardaí managed to locate the man and carry him to the window where Garda Lonergan and Noel Wall were waiting to assist in getting him to safety. As Garda Hennessy and Garda Brosnan were leaving the house a portion of the ceiling fell in.
Garda John Hennessy and Garda Shaun Brosnan, without fear for their personal safety and with great courage put their own lives in danger to rescue a man from his burning home. The assistance of Garda Mary Lonergan and Noel Wall certainly added to the positive outcome of this incident.
For their efforts:
Garda John Hennessy is awarded a Silver Medal and a Certificate of Bravery
Garda Shaun Brosnan is awarded a Silver Medal and a Certificate of Bravery
Garda Mary Lonergan is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Noel Wall is awarded a Certificate of Bravery

Garda James Conneely, Garda Trevor Keating and Rory O’Connor
On 9th September, 2009 an individual came to the attention of the Gardai in Sligo Town where he was wandering around in a confused and incoherent state. Gardai observed the man making his way across a footbridge of the Garavogue River and jumping into the river. The Gardai came to his assistance by throwing him ring buoys that he made no effort to grab.
The man was swiftly swept down the river by the strong current and it was estimated that he would have been swept out to sea within minutes. Garda Trevor Keating entered the river and attempted to rescue this person, but because of the strong current was unable to reach him. Garda Keating got out of the river and made his way by foot along the river bank. Further down the river Garda James Conneely along with Mr. Rory O’Connor, a trained life guard, entered the river in a small boat they had untied by the rivers’ edge. With only one oar, Garda Conneely successfully rowed the boat to the middle of the river where he and Mr. O’Connor successfully intercepted the person, who was at this stage unconscious and face down in the water. Mr. O’Connor applied CPR while Garda Conneely tried to row the boat to safety which was proving to be impossible due to the lack of a second oar and the ferocious current that was raging. At this stage, Garda Keating re-entered the water, grabbed the boat and assisted Garda Conneely in getting the boat ashore, where he too assisted with the CPR.
The individual was taken by the emergency services to Sligo General Hospital where he made a full recovery.
Garda Keating, Garda Conneely and Mr. O’Connor displayed exceptional courage in entering the water to save this person. But for their efforts there is little doubt that this incident could have resulted in a far more serious outcome.
For their efforts:
Garda Trevor Keating is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery
Garda James Conneely is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery
Rory O’Connor is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery

Frank McManamon and Pearse Ward
In the early hours of 28th June 2009, a woman was at the Central Bank Plaza on Dublin’s Dame Street when she was approached by a man seeking a cigarette. This man appeared to be under the influence of drink or drugs. He started to aggressively scream and kick at the woman.
Friends, Pearse Ward and Frank McManamon noticed the fracas and approached the woman to enquire on her safety. They also approached the man asking him to leave her alone. The man walked away but within moments both men heard a bottle being broken and saw the man coming towards them in an aggressive manner. The attacker struck Pearse Ward in the face with the broken bottle resulting in serious facial injuries. Mr. McManamon tackled the individual from behind and a violent struggle ensued. Both men managed to restrain the individual until the Gardai arrived but not before Mr. McManamon was also injured.
But for the actions of Pearse Ward and Frank McManamon, who displayed exceptional courage, the woman could have suffered a worse fate. This incident involved considerable personal risk to men.
For their efforts:
Pearse Ward is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery
Frank McManamon is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery

Martin Whitmore
On 19th April 2011, off duty paramedic Martin Whitmore was at The Quay in Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny where he noticed a car been driven towards the slipway of the River Barrow. At that time the river’s water level was high as there had been heavy rain some time previously. Mr. Whitmore heard the engine revving before he witnessed the car being driven at speed towards the slipway and entering the water.
The car was rapidly sinking and Mr. Whitmore immediately jumped into the water from the river wall, swimming to the car. He was able to open the car door and tried to remove the occupant from the car but she was holding fast to the steering wheel. At this point the car, the occupant and Mr. Whitmore were underwater, making the rescue more difficult.
Due to the period of time that lapsed and his difficulty in getting the occupant out of the car, Mr. Whitmore had to return to the surface of the water. He then dived back underwater, found the car and successfully pulled the woman clear of the car and to the surface. He managed to swim the woman to the river bank where he used his paramedic skills to treat her.
But for the efforts of Martin Whitmore there is little doubt that this incident could have resulted in a far more serious way.
For his efforts:
Martin Whitmore is awarded a Silver Medal and a Certificate of Bravery

Garda Tommy Fay, Garda Thomas McKenna and Sean Sharkey
On the evening of 20th March 2011, Garda Tom McKenna and Garda Tommy Fay responded to a call at Lough Ramor, on the Lakeside Manor area of Virginia, County Cavan. On arrival at the scene they noticed an unmanned motor boat that was powered and on the lake. The two Gardai spoke with a young boy and a man who informed them that his 14 year old son had fallen from his boat and that he was in the water. In the distance, Garda McKenna could see the teen’s head bobbing in the water. Garda McKenna felt that the teenager’s life was in real danger and he entered the water. He swam in extremely cold and treacherous conditions out the 300 yards.
In the meantime Garda Tommy Fay located a boat and with two local men, one of them being Sean Sharkey, rowed out to Garda McKenna’s assistance. They managed to get the distressed youth on board the boat and returned him to shore where the paramedics were waiting.
There is no doubt that if it was not for the bravery of Garda Tom McKenna assisted by Garda Tommy Fay and Sean Sharkey this incident may have resulted in a terrible tragedy.
For their efforts:
Garda Tom McKenna is awarded a Silver Medal and a Certificate of Bravery
Garda Tommy Fay is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Sean Sharkey is awarded a Certificate of Bravery

Eric Grundy and Gareth Nathan
Shortly before midnight on the 18th December 2011 Gardai at Pearse Street Garda Station were alerted that a person had jumped into the Grand Canal Basin at Hanover Quay. When two Gardai arrived at the Grand Canal Basin they witnessed Eric Grundy and Gareth Nathan together with two other passers-by rescuing a woman from the water.
Eric Grundy and Gareth Nathan, who are amateur photographers, were out on a night shoot when they noticed that a woman had entered the water. The woman remained unresponsive to the calls of Eric Grundy while Gareth Nathan approached the occupants of a van parked close by seeking out anything to assist in getting the woman out of the water. In the meantime Eric Grundy jumped into the deep water as the woman was getting more submerged in the water. He swam to the woman and managed to put his arms under her and swam with her back towards the quayside. On reaching the quayside he was unable to get the woman out of the water so swam to a nearby boat where he held himself and the woman tight to a rope. Gareth Nathan and another person returned to the quayside and threw a lifebuoy to Eric Grundy. Eric managed to get the lifebuoy under the woman and swam her back to the quayside where Mr. Nathan assisted in getting her out of the cold December water. Both Mr. Grundy and the woman were admitted to hospital suffering from hypothermia.
There is little doubt but for the swift actions of Eric Grundy and Gareth Nathan the incident in question could have resulted in the loss of life. In particular, Eric Grundy put his own life at risk and displayed exceptional courage in the actions he took.

For their efforts:
Eric Grundy is awarded a Silver Medal and a Certificate of Bravery
Gareth Nathan is awarded a Certificate of Bravery

National Bravery Awards 2011
On Friday, 25 November the 2011 a National Bravery Awards ceremony was held in the Ballroom of Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park. Award recipients received their medals and certificates from the Ceann Comhairle, Mr Seán Barrett, T.D. Also on the dais was the Cathaoirleach, Senator Paddy Burke and representing the Garda Commissioner was Deputy Commissioner Nacie Rice
The MC for the ceremony was the Head of Communications at the Houses of the Oireachtas, Mark Mulqueen and music was provided by members of the Garda Band.
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Address by An Cheann Comhairle
Press Release

On Christmas Night 2001 Padraig Sheahan heard a woman screaming for help outside his house. This woman was being dragged along the road by a male who was in possession of a knife and threatening the woman with the knife. Neither person was known to Padraig. Padraig intervened and confronted the attacker while the woman made her escape into Padraig’s house. The attacker then smashed the front window of Padraig’s house to gain access but was prevented by Padraig. Padraig managed to subdue the man until the emergency services arrived. Padraig received cuts to his face and arms and a fractured nose.
Padraig Sheehan put himself in grave danger by confronting this attacker. There is no doubt that this incident could have had a more serious outcome.

For his efforts:
Padraig Sheahan is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery

On the 7th August 2004, the Gardaí responded to an emergency call where a woman had entered the water at Doorly Park, Sligo.
The condition of the water at the time was dark and its depth was not discernible however the woman’s body could be seen in the water. Detective Garda Cullen entered nonetheless and managed to retrieve the woman. By this time, Garda Mark Keogh and Garda Dermot O’Connell arrived at the scene and both entered the water to assist in the rescue. The lady was safely brought to shore and was treated in hospital where she made a full recovery.
Mark Keogh, a former member of An Garda Síochána, is honoured today for his role in this rescue. His former colleagues have previously received their awards.
For his efforts:
Mark Keogh is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery.
This award will be accepted on Marks behalf by his father JP Keogh.
JP Keogh receives a bronze National Bravery Award on behalf of his son Mark Keogh

On St. Patrick’s Day 2003, Garda Margaret Purcell responded to an emergency call where a woman had entered the water at Cappa Pier, Kilrush, County Clare. On arrival at the scene, and without due regard for her own safety, Garda Purcell entered the water and found a woman lying face down. With the assistance of a member of the public Garda Purcell was able to bring this woman to safety and she later made a full recovery in hospital.
The selfless efforts of Garda Purcell led in no small way to the saving of this person’s life.
For her efforts:
Garda Margaret Purcell is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery.
Garda Margaret Purcell receives her National Bravery Award

On 8th March 2009 a car ferry was crossing between Passage West and Carrigloe on the River Lee. As it approached Carrigloe Terminal the first car on the ferry suddenly drove forward on to the ramp and drove into the river. There were two men in the car.
At this time John Geary was sitting in the kitchen of his home when he observed through a window a commotion on the river. He suspected there was someone in the water. Without regard for his own safety, he rushed out and launched a small dinghy. He noticed someone in difficulties in the water and rowed over to him. When John reached the man, he could see that he was in a state of panic. He calmed the man down, manoeuvred him to the stern of the dingy and persuaded him to hang on while he rowed the boat ashore to where the emergency services took command of the situation. John then went back out to search for the second man who was still in the water. Unfortunately, despite an extensive search carried out by Navy, RNLI and fishing boats in the area this second person was never found.

Mr. Geary displayed exceptional courage and quick thinking when he rushed into the water to rescue the occupants of the car. Unfortunately all efforts to save the second occupant of the car failed but if not for Mr. Geary’s quick actions there may have been a second fatality.
For his efforts:
John Geary is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery
John Geary receives his National Bravery Award

Mary Donaghy receives a posthumous National Bravery Award on behalf of her son, Anthony

In the early hours of 22nd May, 1995, Anthony Donaghy, now deceased, made a call to the Dungloe Fire Brigade reporting a fire on board the fishing vessel Niamh Aine and that he suspected there was crew onboard.

Dungloe Fire Service arrived on the scene within 11 minutes. At which time the fishing vessel was on fire with flames shooting about 15 feet into the sky. Entry was impossible from the wheelhouse and galley areas due to the intensity of the flames and smoke. It was decided that a 2 man Breathing Apparatus team, consisting of Fire Fighters, Brendan Greene and Patrick Boyle, would try to carry out a search of the vessel. The team’s task was made extremely difficult by the strong wind and thick smoke. However, after several attempts they entered the last hatch where they found two fishermen.
By this time Gweedore Fire Brigade had arrived on the scene and they assisted the team by helping to contain the fire and assist with the rescue. The two-man team were able to drag the first casualty out of the escape hatch onto the shelter deck and then up the final hatch onto the deck at the stern of the fishing vessel. They then courageously returned and carried out the same procedure on the second casualty.
Both Brendan Greene and Patrick Boyle without fear for their personal safety put their own lives in danger to rescue the crew of the Niamh Aine. Due to the quick actions of Anthony Donaghy in raising the alarm the emergency services were able to rescue the crew without any loss of life.
For their efforts:
Anthony Donaghy RIP is posthumously awarded a Certificate of Bravery which will be presented today to his mother, Mary Donaghy
Brendan Greene and Patrick Boyle
Brendan Greene is awarded a Silver Medal and a Certificate of Bravery
Patrick Boyle is awarded a Silver Medal and a Certificate of Bravery

In the early hours of 24th December, 2007, Stephen O’Neill witnessed a man jumping into the River Liffey from the Boardwalk on Bachelors Walk. He saw a man in the river hanging from the beams under the boardwalk. Stephen threw a lifebuoy it to this person who tried in vain to swim to the buoy. When the man went under the water for a second time Stephen jumped in and grabbed hold of him. At this stage this person pulled them both under the water but Stephen managed to place the life ring over the victim. Meanwhile, another life buoy was thrown to the man and he had also taken hold of this. Additional help arrived and the person was brought safely from the water and Stephen climbed out from the river.
There is little doubt but that for the swift actions of Stephen O’Neill the incident in question could have resulted in the loss of life. Stephen put his own life at risk and displayed exceptional courage in the actions he took.

For his efforts:
Stephen O’Neill is awarded a Silver Medal and a Certificate of Bravery
Stephen O’Neill receives his National Bravery Award

On 17th July, 2002 Garda Linda O’Donnell, who was off-duty at the time, was walking with her family at Ashe Quay, Fermoy, County Cork. She was approached by a man and woman who informed her that a woman had jumped into the river.
Garda O’Donnell climbed over the river wall, swam out to the woman and brought her to safety with the help of her husband.
But for the efforts of Garda O’Donnell there is little doubt that this incident could have resulted in a far more serious way.
For her efforts:
Garda Linda O’Donnell is awarded a Silver Medal and a Certificate of Bravery.
Garda Linda O’Donnell receives her National Bravery Award

On the 21st November 2004, former Garda Sergeant Con Horan and three Garda colleagues responded to a report that a young man had entered the River Shannon at Clancy Strand, Limerick. When the young man was located at the scene one of the Gardaí threw a life buoy to him but he was unresponsive. Despite strong currents on the river Con Horan swam out to the young man and with the assistance of his colleague brought the young man to safety at the rivers edge. Former Sergeant Horan administered CPR and First Aid to the man who after treatment later made a full recovery in hospital.
There is little doubt but for the brave actions of Con Horan this young man could have died. Mr. Horan is honoured here today. His former colleagues have previously received their awards
For his efforts:
Con Horan is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery.
Con Horan receives his National Bravery Award

On the evening of 8th July, 2009 two boys, Shane Clarke and Benas Vaitkunas, got into difficulties when a raft they were on capsized on Swellen Lake, County Cavan and floated away. Benas could not swim and started to panic. Shane grabbed him with one arm and talked to him, but Benas kept struggling. Meanwhile, Daniel Ivers noticed what had happened and entered the lake. He swam to the boys and noticed that Shane was unconscious under the water. Daniel took hold of Shane and brought him to the waters edge. Alimzhan Nabiulin, who lived nearby ran towards the lake. He saw Daniel bringing Shane onto the side of the lake. He then saw Benas in the lake and entered the water. Upon reaching Benas he realised that he was also unconscious and brought him to the lake’s edge. He handed Benas to two other men who were passing by, as Benas was starting to regain consciousness. Alimzhan went and assisted Daniel in administering CPR to Shane. The two boys were then brought to hospital where they recovered.
There is no doubt that Shane Clarke, Daniel Ivers and Alimzhan Nabiulin displayed considerable courage in the actions they took. Each individual in their own way contributed to the saving of the lives of two young men.
For their efforts:
Daniel Ivers is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery
Alimzhan Nabiulin is awarded a Bronze Medal and a Certificate of Bravery
Shane Clarke is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Shane Clarke, Daniel Ivers and Alimzhan Nabiulun (l to r) receive their National Bravery Awards

At 8.30 pm on the 6th July, 2008, a man entered the Avoca River at the Riverwalk, in Arklow, County Wicklow. The river was swollen and fast flowing following three days of heavy rain. Despite this, Richard Coates entered the river and swam to where the individual was. Richard then brought him to a raised bank where both could stand waist deep in the water. The rescued individual tried to break free from Mr. Coates and return to the water. It was not possible for both men to wade back to shore and the life belt on the riverbank was unable to reach them. At this time, Sergeant Gabriel Plower, Arklow Garda Station, dived into the water and swam out to where the two men were stranded and he brought the victim back to shore.

There is no doubt that but for the swift actions of Richard Coates and Sergeant Plower that this incident may have resulted in the loss of life.

For their efforts:
Richard Coates is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery
Sergeant Gabriel Plower is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery
Richard Coates and Sgt. Gabriel Plower receive their bronze National Bravery Awards

On the 2nd August, 2010 Justin Sheerin entered the River Shannon at Honan’s Quay, Limerick to rescue a friend who was in difficulties. Justin was able to hold on to his friend until help arrived. At the time the river was at high tide, fast flowing and the currents were very strong.
There is no doubt but for the swift actions of Justin this incident may have resulted in the loss of a life. Justin displayed exceptional courage and put his own life at risk by jumping into the river and pulling his friend to safety.
For his efforts:
Justin Sheerin is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Justin Sheerin receives his National Bravery Award

On Friday, 2nd April 2010, Garda Eileen Murphy and Garda Kevin Mooney were on duty in Mullingar when they were informed by a colleague from Mullingar Garda Station that a call was received from a person in a distressed state on the Dublin Bridge.
When they arrived there they were unable to locate the individual. So they searched the area and eventually found a man on his back in the canal. A struggle ensued and with assistance Garda Mooney and Garda Murphy managed to bring the victim to the bank of the canal.
Garda Kevin Mooney and Garda Eileen Murphy displayed exceptional courage in entering the water to save this person.
For their efforts:
Garda Kevin Mooney is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Garda Eileen Murphy is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Garda Eileen Murphy and Garda Kevin Mooney receive their National Bravery Awards

National Bravery Awards 2010

Photos taken during the ceremony

Garda Edel Convey was on duty with her colleague Garda Niall Doody on the Lifford Road along the River Fergus in County Clare on the 4th April 2008 when they noticed a young woman by the river. Arriving back at the area a very short time later, they noticed that the young woman was gone. They immediately checked the area and saw her in the river with the current dragging her under. Garda Convey obtained the life buoy and threw it to her colleague who had entered the river. He was having difficulties getting the lifebuoy around the woman so Garda Convey pulled the rope of the lifebuoy and managed to drag them both in towards the wall of the river. Additional help arrived and Garda Doody and the woman were brought safely from the water.
For her efforts:
Garda Edel Convey is awarded a Certificate of Bravery

Patricia and Noel McTague are honoured today with certificates for their roles in dealing with a fire at Harold’s Cross, Dublin four years ago. On January 29th 2006, Noel and Patricia McTague were out walking on Harold’s Cross Road, when Noel noticed flames coming from a shop. He rang for the emergency services while Patricia alerted the residents who lived in flats above the shop. An explosion occurred injuring them both. As fire engulfed the premises, the tenants of the flats managed to escape the burning building. Thanks to the timely intervention of Patricia and Noel McTague all residents who were in their flats at the time escaped uninjured.
For their efforts:
Patricia and Noel McTague are both awarded Certificates of Bravery.

Garda James Wade is awarded a certificate in recognition of his role in a rescue at Youghal Beach three years ago. Garda Wade and his colleague were called to an incident at Strand Palace Apartments in Youghal in the early hours of 26th October 2007. While assisting a woman to retrieve her property which had been removed from her apartment the woman walked towards the nearby beach trying to locater her handbag. She walked into the sea and was hit by a wave which resulted in her being taken under the water. Garda Wade instructed his colleague to shine the torch towards the direction that the lady was last seen as it was a dark night and visibility was poor. Garda Wade entered the water fully clothed and located the woman and succeeded in rescuing her and bringing her to safety thus preventing certain drowning. The beach at Youghal Harbour has been the subject of numerous fatalities over the years.
For his efforts:
Garda James Wade is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

Garda Janet O’Neill and Garda Helen McSweeney are awarded certificates in recognition of their roles in dealing with a fire in 2001. Gardai Janet O’Neill and Helen McSweeney were on mobile patrol in Waterford City on the 15th July 2001 when they noticed that a block of apartments was on fire on O’Connell Street. After they radioed the fire brigade, they began to raise the alarm by banging on apartment doors. They managed to alert the occupants and as a result of their quick thinking no one was seriously injured in the fire. Due to the brave actions of these two Gardaí the lives of thirteen people were saved.
For their efforts:
Garda Helen McSweeney and Garda Janet O’Neill are both awarded Certificates of Bravery.

In the early hours of 17th May 2004, Gardai John O’Reilly and Enda Hughes were on patrol in the area of Newry Bridge in Dundalk, County Louth when they noticed a young woman sitting on the wall by the bridge. Fearing for her safety, they approached her to offer assistance but as they moved towards her, she lunged into the water. Garda Hughes, without regard for his own safety, entered the water and waded through to her. The young woman appeared to be unconscious and was being pulled under by the current. Garda Hughes grabbed her and pulled her towards him and with the assistance of Garda O’Reilly they pulled the woman to safety and looked after her until medical assistance arrived.
For their efforts:Garda John O’Reilly is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.
Garda Enda Hughes is posthumously awarded a Certificate of Bravery which will be presented today to his father, Patrick Hughes.
Garda John O’Reilly receives his bravery award. Patrick Hughes receives a posthumous bravery award on behalf of his son Enda.

This Award will not be presented today however it will be appropriate to read it into the record
In August 2006 Kieran Stevenson was holidaying on the Shannon-Erne Canal in Ballinamore, County Leitrim. On the 12th August he was watching two men working on a lock. The mechanism failed on the lock and one of the men was struck on the head and fell into the water. Seeing that the man was lying face down in the water, Kieran dived in, grabbed the injured man and held his head above the water. Two other onlookers assisted Kieran in bringing the man to shore safely. But for the exceptional courage and efforts of Kieran Stevenson the life of this man could have been lost.
For his efforts:
Kieran Stevenson is awarded a Bronze Award and a Certificate of Bravery. Unfortunately, Mr. Stevenson cannot be with us today.

This award will be made at a later date

Garda Nigel McInaw is awarded a bronze medal for rescuing a woman from the Boyne River five years ago. Garda McInaw received a call on the morning of 17th May 2005 informing him that a woman was about to jump into the River Boyne at St. Mary’s Bridge in Drogheda, County Louth. By the time he arrived the woman was in the water. He dropped the life buoy to her and engaged in conversation with her but she lost her grip and slipped into the water. Garda McInaw abseiled down the life ring rope and grabbed the girl and held her above the water until help arrived. Thankfully, the woman made a full recovery. Garda McInaw suffered severe rope burns on both his hands and he continued to receive treatment for his wounds for several months. This was an act of great courage on the part of Garda McInaw.
For his efforts: