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:

Garda Nigel McInaw is awarded a Bronze Award and a Certificate of Bravery.

 


On 23rd December 2005 Stephen Earles was walking down Rosbrien Road in Limerick when he noticed a house on fire. Stephen immediately tried to gain access to the house by breaking the glass of the front door. He managed to force open the hall door and found an elderly man lying unconscious in the hallway. He brought the man out of the house and called the emergency services for assistance. The elderly man subsequently regained consciousness and was treated for smoke inhalation. There is no doubt but for the swift actions of Mr. Earles on this occasion this elderly man would have lost of his life.

For his efforts:

Stephen Earles is awarded a Bronze Award and a Certificate of Bravery.

 

 


Garda Niall Doody was on duty with his colleague Garda Edel Coney, who, earlier received a Certificate of Bravery, 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 Doody entered the river and swam out to the woman. His colleague threw him the lifebuoy and he struggled to get the lifebuoy around the woman. He managed to grip the lifebuoy and woman and tried in vain to bring the woman into the wall of the river. Garda Doody was 15 minutes in the water with the woman keeping her afloat until the emergency services arrived when both Garda Doody and the woman were brought safely from the water. 

For his efforts:

Garda Niall Doody is awarded a Bronze Award and a Certificate of Bravery.

 

 


Station Officer and Fire Fighter, Drew Doherty is awarded a bronze medal for his part in a water rescue at Scotch Quay in Waterford City in 2006. In the early hours of 21st July 2006 Drew was called to a scene at Scotch Quay in Waterford where a young woman had gotten into difficulty in the river. Several attempts were made to throw the life buoy to her but to no avail. Drew, showing total disregard for his own safety, entered the water and swam until he reached the girl, who was struggling. He managed to put the lifebuoy around her and brought her to safety.

For his efforts:

Station Officer/Fire Fighter Drew Doherty is awarded a Bronze Award and a Certificate of Bravery.

 


In April 1999, Sean Moloney and Gerard Byrnes (now deceased), were out separately on the Black Bridge in Plassey, Limerick. They were alerted to a man drowning in the River Shannon. Sean Moloney located the man who was clinging to an upturned boat and dived in, Gerard Byrnes followed him soon after. Both men brought the man safely to the bank using the boat.

For their efforts:

Mr. Sean Moloney is awarded a Bronze Award and a Certificate of Bravery. Unfortunately, Mr. Moloney cannot be with us today.

Mr. Gerard Byrnes is posthumously awarded a Bronze Award and a Certificate of Bravery. 

Both awards will be made at a later date.
 


Michael Bracken is awarded a Bonze Medal for his part in rescuing a person from the River Lee in Cork City in 2005. Michael was driving along Camden Quay in Cork City when he saw three youths and a man at the railings beside the river. He suspected one of the boys was about the jump into the river. As he approached the boys, one of them jumped into the water. Michael descended the quay ladder, entered the water, waded out with the lifebuoy to the youth and managed to bring the youth back to the ladder. He secured the youth to the ladder and held onto the boy until the emergency services arrived.  

For his efforts:

Mr. Michael Bracken is awarded a Bronze Award and a Certificate of Bravery.

 


Cherie Eustace is awarded a Silver Medal for her part in rescuing her grandfather from a house fire years ago. In the early hours of 24th July 2005, a fire started in the flat that Cherie Eustace shared with her Grandparents, at Bishop Street, Dublin. While her Grandmother was able to escape through the front door, Cherie went upstairs to her Grandfather. Smoke filled the house very quickly and access through the front door was no longer possible. Cherie stayed with her Grandfather and managed to bring him to a safe location in the house while continuing to shout for help through a window. The emergency services arrived and rescued Cherie and her grandfather. Due to severe smoke inhalation during this incident Cherie spent about a month in hospital after the fire and to this day still attends hospital to improve her speech and lunch capacity. 

For her efforts:

Ms. Cherie Eustace is awarded a Silver Award and a Certificate of Bravery. 

 


John Shanahan receives a silver medal for his role in saving a woman from the River Suir. On the morning of 8th September 1988, John Shanahan, an Emergency Medical Technican was on duty travelling across Rice Bridge in Waterford when he was informed that there was a woman in the River Suir. John located the woman, jumped into the river and swam over to her. Despite the water conditions and the prevailing current, he succeeded in bringing the woman back to the bank and administered first aid. The woman survived thanks for the quick thinking and actions of John Shanahan.

For his efforts:

Mr. John Shanahan is awarded a Silver Award and a Certificate of Bravery.

 

 


On the 12th March 2007, at around 5 pm David McGowan was walking along the river path in Easkey Village when a neighbour informed him that he suspected that there was a man attempting to jump into the river. David saw that the man had got into the water and was being carried out by the full flood water. He quickly ran down the steps of the river and swam to the man. Even with the extreme water conditions that prevailed at the time Mr. McGowan managed to get this man to bank and stayed with him until the the Gardaí and emergency services arrived. 

For his efforts:

Mr. David McGowan is awarded a Silver Award and a Certificate of Bravery.

 

 

 


Conor Doherty and Ryan Hamill are awarded Silver Medals for displaying outstanding bravery for their part in the rescue of three children at Tullan Strand, Bundoran, County Donegal. Conor and Ryan were skateboarding at Ryan’s home at Tullan Strand on the 20th August 2007 when they noticed three young children (a girl aged 12, and two boys aged 10 & 8) in difficulty in rough seas at Tullan Strand. Without hesitation Conor and Ryan ran down the cliffs and across the beach and entered the sea without any concern for their own safety. Swimming in this area of the strand is forbidden because of the rip currents and large waves. Conor Doherty managed to get the young boys out of the water, while Ryan went out further to rescue the young girl. They managed to get all three children to the shore safely. Mr. Doherty and Mr. Ryan displayed exceptional courage in the actions that they took. 

For their efforts:

Mr. Conor Doherty is awarded a Silver Award and a Certificate of Bravery.

Mr. Ryan Hamill is awarded a Silver Award and Certificate of Bravery. I undertand that Mr. Hamill is unable to be with us today.

 


Mr. Thomas Falconer – an off duty fire fighter, was driving on the morning of September 12, 1999, when he noticed a house fire at Mayor’s Walk, Waterford. On arrival at the fire site, Mr. Falconer informed the Gardaí who were present of his profession and his intention to enter the burning house to search for the occupants. He entered the house and crawling through thick smoke and using his hands, discovered a person lying face down and unconscious on the floor. On his own, he pulled the person to safety. But for the swift actions of Thomas Falconer, who displayed exceptional courage during this difficult rescue, the victim would have lost her life.  

For their efforts:

Mr. Thomas Falconer is awarded a Gold Award and a Certificate of Bravery.

 


On the Morning of 26th July, 1989, Paddy Sean Fogarty arrived at Inny Strand, Waterville, County Kerry and saw his friend, Fr Willie Murphy, in difficulty in the water. Despite the treacherous conditions on the day - waves were breaking and the swell was powerful and that particular area is known for its dangerous undercurrents – Paddy Sean immediately got into the water and swam to Fr Murphy’s aid. Paddy Sean Fogarty tried in vain to bring his friend to the shore, but he had become entangled in some rope in the water making it impossible against the power of the waves and swell of the sea. Help arrived but Fr Willie Murphy was pulled from the water and pronounced dead at the scene. Sadly Paddy Sean Fogarty lost his life trying to save that of his friend.

For his efforts:

Mr. Paddy Sean Fogarty is posthumously awarded a Gold Award and a Certificate of Bravery. Here to accept this award, on behalf of their late father are Trish Horgan, Julie Carey and John Fogarty.