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Ireland’s bravest individuals to be honoured for their courage

Some of the most courageous people in Ireland will be honoured at the National Bravery Awards at Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park this week.

There are 20 individuals set to receive an award and certificate to mark their acts of bravery.

Ireland’s bravest individuals to be honoured for their courage

Many of them have risked their own safety in order to help others. Retired Garda Desmond Brennan foiled a robbery by delivering a kung-fu kick to the perpetrator to stop him in his tracks.

Here is the list of the 20 recipients of the award.

Mr Adrian Brennan – Kilkenny.
Retired Garda Desmond Brennan – Dublin.
Garda Pauric Deery – Sligo.
Mr Basil Harte – Sligo.
Mr James Hennessy – Cork.
Ms Olive Murphy – Cork.
Mr Aonghus O’Briain – Dublin.
Mr Michael Hempenstall – Dublin.
Garda Donal Tully – Dublin.
Garda David Currivan – Dublin.
Garda Cathal McGeoghan – Dublin.
Mr James Gallagher Senior – Donegal.
Mr Mickey ‘Red Michael’ Gallagher – Donegal.
Mr Michael Gallagher Senior (RIP) – Donegal.
Garda Seán Breheny – Dublin.
Mr Gary Kennedy – Mayo.
Garda Darren Blackwell – Dublin.
Sergeant Gavin Coleman – Dublin.
Garda M.J. Carroll – Dublin.
Garda Jason Walsh – Dublin.

As well as the certificate, many of the brave citizens will also be awarded a medal, of either gold, silver or bronze.

There will also be a posthumous award given to Michael Gallagher Snr, who helped to save the lives of 15 people who got into difficulty while sailing 63 years ago.

Gallagher’s sons Red Michael and James will be present to receive the award on behalf of their late father.

There will be several officials in attendance from across the country including the Mayor of Dublin and the Mayor of Cork, and also representatives of the Irish Red Cross.

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