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Son of Caitriona Lucas accepts award for his mother's bravery at National Bravery Awards

The coast guard volunteer tragically died during a search off the County Clare coast in September 2016.

FIFTEEN AWARDS RECOGNISING outstanding acts of bravery were awarded at a national ceremony in Farmleigh House today.

The son of Caitriona Lucas accepted a posthumous Gold Medal for Bravery in recognition of his mother’s courage, which is the highest award possible.

Lensmen Photographic Agency, Lensmen Photographic Agency Ceann Comahirle Séan Ó Fearghail presents Ben Lucas with a posthumous Gold Medal and Certificate of Bravery on behalf of his mother Caitriona Lucas. Source: Lensmen Photographic Agency via Lensmen Photographic Agency

The coast guard volunteer tragically died during a search off the County Clare coast in September 2016.

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó’Fearghaíl said, “Catriona’s courage and selfless action on that day says everything about her – her strength of character and spirit and willingness to help others.

It is also a reminder of how committed and brave members of our emergency services put their lives on the line on a daily basis to help and protect their communities.

In total, 15 awards were given out. Twelve people received a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery and two were awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

Lensmen Photographic Agency, Lensmen Photographic Agency National Bravery Award winners pictured today at Farmleigh House. Source: Lensmen Photographic Agency, Lensmen Photographic Agency

The twelve who received a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery were:

  • John McDonnell
  • Eoin Bolger
  • Thea Foster-Lee
  • Mark O’Hara
  • Sean Baitson, Philip Byrne, Kyle Corrigan and Cody Ridge Grennelle
  • Garda Alan Hayes, Garda John Hennessy, Garda Mark Holden and Garda JP O’Sullivan

Darren McMahon and Sergeant John Casey were also awarded a Certificate of Bravery.

Congratulating the recipients, Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó’ Fearghaíl, said: “Today we celebrate the actions of very brave people from every corner of the country, who, through their heroic and courageous acts have helped other people.”

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