31 October 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

braveryTwo Monaghan Town Gardaí – Garda Donal Callaghan and Garda Paul Oliphant – were honoured for acts of courage at the prestigious National Bravery Awards ceremony in Farmleigh House in Dublin on Tuesday 24th October 2014.
On New Year’s Eve 2013, Monaghan Garda Station received an emergency call reporting that a woman was drowning in Peter’s Lake just off Monaghan town centre. Garda Donal Callaghan immediately ran to the scene, while staying in contact with the caller for guidance on the area of the lake where the woman was last seen.
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 Oliphant 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 Oliphant 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. For their efforts Garda Donal Callaghan was awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery, while Garda Paul Oliphant was awarded a Certificate of Bravery.
Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett, TD presented 21 awards in all for outstanding acts of bravery at a national ceremony in Farmleigh House.
The honours are awarded by Comhairle na Mire Gaile – the Deeds of Bravery Council – which was established in 1947 to provide for suitable recognition by the State of deeds of bravery. The Council, which is chaired by the Ceann Comhairle, includes the Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, the Lord Mayor of Cork …

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