34 members of An Garda Síochána recognised for selfless bravery today

 

Today (Friday), the Minister for Justice and Equality participated in the Scott Medal Award Ceremony at the Garda College, Templemore where the selfless bravery of 34 members of An Garda Síochána were recognised with the award of Scott Medals and Garda Commissioner commendations.

 

Speaking at the event the Minister said that the awarding of the Scott Medals was “evidence, if any was needed, that the proud tradition of bravery and selflessness within An Garda Síochána lives on. There is no doubt that it requires courage and personal resolve to serve as a member of An Garda Síochána. It is a fact that the men and women of An Garda Síochána, every single day put themselves in harm’s way in order that we may go about our lawful business and enjoy the right to live safely in our communities.  On hearing details of the heroic acts of personal bravery each of the recipients performed, willingly putting your own safety before others, I was deeply struck by the extraordinary courage displayed by so many members when faced with life and near life-threatening situations.

 

Included in the list of recipients for a Gold Scott Medal were the late Garda Michael Clerkin, Sergeant James Cannon, Detective Garda Thomas F. Peters, Garda Gerry Bohan, Detective Garda Ben Thornton. Garda Clerkin and his colleagues were the victims of a bomb at a booby trapped premises in Garryhinch, Portarlington, Co Laois in 1976. They had been lured to the location on foot of an anonymous telephone call reporting a plan to kidnap and kill the Minister’s late father who at that time was the T.D. for the Constituency of Laois Offaly.

Recalling this event the Minister said “It is a deeply personal and poignant moment for me to be here today as Minister for Justice and Equality for the posthumous award of a Gold Scott Medal to Garda Michael Clerkin and to award the Gold Scott Medal to his four colleagues. I have never forgotten their courage and selflessness on that fateful night and I feel enormously privileged to be here today, 41 years later as Minister for Justice and Equality, when their bravery and sacrifice is being recognised by the award of a Gold Scott medal.

 

The late Garda Tony Golden whose life was cruelly taken on 11 October 2015 was also awarded a Gold Medal. Paying tribute to Garda Golden, the Minister said that “Tony’s generosity and commitment to helping others stand in stark contrast to the manner of his callous and cowardly murder.  In his life and in his work, Garda Tony Golden typified the values that characterise what is best about An Garda Síochána – unstinting commitment to family, community and country.”

 

 

Note to Editors

 

History of Scott Medal

In 1923, the then Commissioner of An Garda Síochána, the late General Eoin O ‘Duffy met Colonel Walter Scott, an Honorary Commissioner of the New York City Police and a well know philanthropist.

 

Colonel Scott expressed his wish to assist in some way with what was, at the time, the World’s youngest Police Force, namely An Garda Síochána.  He presented to An Garda Síochána a one thousand dollar gold bond, the interest from which would pay, in perpetuity for a Gold Medal.

 

The one condition that Colonel Walter Scott attached to the award of the Scott Medal in 1923 was as follows: -

 

“No action, however heroic, will merit the award of the Scott Medal unless it takes the shape of an act of personal bravery, performed intelligently in the execution of duty as imminent risk to the life of the doer and with full previous knowledge of the risk involved”.

 

In 1925, Colonel Scott presented to An Garda Síochána a further 500 dollar bond to provide Silver and Bronze medals to be presented to the members who during the year performed similar acts in the execution of duty but with less risk to their lives.

 

Scott Medal Recipients

 

Incident at Mullach Alainn, Omeath, Co. Louth on  11th October, 2015

Garda Anthony Golden, R.I.P.

29909L

Omeath Garda Station

Gold Medal Recipient

 

Armed Robbery and discharge of firearms at North Cumberland Street on 1st September, 1987

Detective Garda Dominick Hutchin

18182L

Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station

Gold Medal Recipient

 

 

Garryhinch Bombing, Portarlington 15th October, 1976

Garda Michael Clerkin, R.I.P.

18189G

Portarlington Garda Station

Gold Medal Recipient

 

Sergeant James Cannon

12695M

Portarlington Garda Station

Gold Medal Recipient

 

Detective Garda Thomas F. Peters

13164D

Portlaoise Garda Station

Gold Medal Recipient

 

Garda Gerry Bohan

19244K

Portarlington Garda Station

Gold Medal Recipient

 

Detective Garda Ben Thornton

16039C

Portlaoise Garda Station

Gold Medal Recipient

 

Unlawful discharge of Firearm and Sudden Death on 30th January, 2012

Sergeant Deborah Marsh

00826E

Tipperary Garda Station

Silver Medal Recipient

 

Garda Gerard Brassil

24939C

Newport Garda Station

Silver Medal Recipient

 

Incident at Leinster House, Dublin on 29th April, 2014

Garda Dwayne Conlon

31021B

Pearse Street Garda Station

Bronze Medal Recipient

 

 

Apprehension of a Dangerous Criminal on 30th May, 2014

D/Garda George McGuffin

25001E

Harcourt Square

Bronze Medal Recipient

 

Serious Traffic Accident on 18th April, 2014

Garda Michael Twomey

27625A

Anglesea Street Garda Station

Bronze Medal Recipient

 

Arrest of Armed Raider on 22nd May, 2014

Garda Brendan O’Toole

30847A

Rathmines Garda Station

Bronze Medal Recipient

 

Fire in Flat Complex Dublin City on 8th August, 2015

Garda Diarmuid O’Donovan

28741E

Kevin Street Garda Station

Bronze Medal Recipient

 

Attempted Armed Robbery Clogherhead P.O. on 20th April, 2015

Garda Patrick Carey

24318C

D.O.C.B.

Bronze Medal Recipient

 

Attempted Robbery at Paddy Power Bookmakers, Saggart, Co. Dublin on 6th July 2013

Garda David Brennan

28882K

Clondalkin Garda Station

Bronze Medal Recipient

 

Commendation Recipients

 

Road Traffic Accident on 9th September, 2012

Garda Robert Fitzsimons, 27753C                

Nenagh Garda Station

1st Class Commendation

  

Disarming of Armed Culprit on 8th September, 2012

Garda Robert Fitzsimons, 27753C                

Nenagh Garda Station

1st Class Commendation

 

R/Garda Mark Spain, 80732L                       

Nenagh Garda Station

1st Class Commendation

 

 

House Fire on 24th August, 2014

Garda Gerard Goldrick, 28448C                   

Kells Garda Station

1st Class Commendation

 

Attempted Robbery on 12th November, 2012

Garda Joseph Gavin, 32046C                        

Mountjoy Garda Station

1st Class Commendation

 

Garda Conor Mackey, 33040L                      

Mountjoy Garda Station

1st Class Commendation

 

Garda Ciaran Kavanagh, 32341A                 

Mountjoy Garda Station

1st Class Commendation

 

Armed Robbery on 16th May, 2013

Garda David Brady, 32768K                         

Rathfarnham Garda Station

2nd Class Commendation                  

 

Garda Dara Kelly, 34827K                            

Rathfarnham Garda Station

1st Class Commendation

 

Siege, Bailieboro, Co. Cavan on 5th September, 2013

Garda Thomas Fay, 20879E                          

Bailieboro Garda Station

1st Class Commendation

 

Incident involving a Firearm at Jobstown, Tallaght on 25th March, 2014

Garda Enda Daly, 30123L                                         

Tallaght Garda Station

1st Class Commendation

 

Garda Stephen Coller, 29871K                                             

Tallaght Garda Station

1st Class Commendation

 

Evacuation of 8 People from fire at Greenhills Court on 26 March, 2015

Detective Garda Kieran McGrath, 27135G                           

Tallaght Garda Station

1st Class Commendation

 

Garda Chris O Leary, 32876F                                   

Tallaght Garda Station

1st Class Commendation

 

Garda Colin Hetherington, 31036M                          

Tallaght Garda Station

1st Class Commendation

 

Garda Kevin Joyce, 27433L

Templemore Garda Station

1st Class Commendation

 

Garda Eric O Sullivan, 32682H

Mooncoin Garda Station

2nd Class Commendation