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Irish Military and Police Medals

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Image Award Date Notes
Category:Order_of_St_Patrick a dormant order of chivalry in the United Kingdom associated with Ireland Wikipedia
The Royal Visit to Ireland - Medals
Royal Visit 1900 Awarded to those members of the Irish Police Forces on duty at Queen Victoria’s various engagements during her visit to Ireland in 1900. Wikipedia
Royal Visit 1903 Awarded to those members of the Irish Police Forces on duty during the various engagements of King Edward VII’s visit to Ireland in 1903. Wikipedia
Royal Visit 1911 Awarded to those members of the Irish Police Forces on duty during the various engagements of King George V’s visit to Ireland in 1911. Wikipedia
The 1916 Easter Rising Medals
Participants Medal 1916 Awarded to those who rendered recognized military service during the week of 23 April 1916 during the Easter Rising. About 2,500 medals were issued. Medals to those who were Killed in Action or who had died between the end of the Rising and the issue of the medal in 1941 were officially numbered. Wikipedia
1916 Jubilee Medal 50th anniversary survivors medal 1966 Less than 1000 of these medals were issued to surviving Veterans.
War Of Independence
War Of Independence Participants Medal with Comrac Bar (active service) 1917-1921 Medal with Bar was awarded to persons who rendered active military service during the War of Independence. There were over 15,000 Medals awarded in this class.
War Of Independence Participants Medal without Comrac Bar (Non active service) 1917-1921 It was awarded to persons whose service was not deemed active military service, but who were members of Oglaigh na hÉireann, (Irish Republican Army), Fianna Éireann, Cumann na mBan or the Irish Citizen Army continuously for the three months which ended with the Anglo-Irish Truce of the 11th July, 1921. Over 50,000 Medals were awarded.
War of Independence Survivors Medal (Truce commemoration medal) 1921-1971 Number of Truce Commemoration Medals issued: To Pensioners 7,120 - To Others 15,312 - Total 23,432. It was issued to all surviving veterans of the War of Independence and to relatives of deceased veterans.
The Dáil Medals
First Dáil 1921
Second Dáil 1922
Fianna Eireann
50th Anniversary of the founding of Fianna Eireann 1909-1959 Issued in 1959 to mark the 5oth anniversary of the founding of the Fianna. Approximately 2,000 medals issued, privately issued by the Fianna, a non-government issue medal.[1]


Image Award Date Notes
Military Medal for Gallantry (Irish: An Bonn Míleata Calmachta)
Military Medal for Gallantry with Honour 1944–present Known until January 1984 as Military Medal for Gallantry (1st Class). As of 2010, no medal of this class has yet been awarded.
Military Medal for Gallantry with Distinction 1944–present Known until January 1984 as Military Medal for Gallantry (2nd Class). Six medals of this class have been awarded since its creation.
Military Medal for Gallantry with Merit 1944–present Known until January 1984 as Military Medal for Gallantry (3rd Class). Two medals of this class have been awarded since its creation.
Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal with Honour 18 Feb 1964–present Known until January 1984 as Distinguished Service Medal (1st Class).
Distinguished Service Medal with Distinction 18 Feb 1964–present Known until January 1984 as Distinguished Service Medal (2nd Class).
Distinguished Service Medal with Merit 18 Feb 1964–present Known until January 1984 as Distinguished Service Medal (3rd Class).
Good Conduct Medal 16 Sep 1987 – 30 Jan 1990 No longer awarded.
Service Medal (Irish: An Bonn Seirbhíse)
Service Medal ?-present Awarded to privates and NCOs after 10 years' service.
Service Medal (Irish: An Bonn Seirbhíse) - present Awarded to privates and NCOs after 15 years' service in exchange for their previous medal. Awarded to commissioned officers after 15 years' service; officers receive a bar after 20 years' service.
Service Medal FCÁ and SM (Irish: An Bonn Seirbhíse FCÁ agus SM) Jun 1961– A warded to privates, NCOs and Officers after 7 years' service.
Service Medal with bar FCÁ and SM Jun 1961– Ribbon and bar awarded to privates, NCOs and Officers after 12 years service which replaces the ribbon of the service medal awarded after 7 years. After 21 years, a bar with the numbers "21" inscribed is awarded and worn on the ribbon.
Emergency Service Medal (Irish: An Bonn Seirbhíse Éigeandála)
Emergency Service Medal (with double stripped ribbon) 3 Sep 1939 – 31 Mar 1946 Awarded to members of the Permanent Defence Force, the Slua Muirí, the Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil, Fórsa na nÓglach, 26th Infantry Battalion, the Army Nursing Service, and the Defence Forces Chaplaincy Service.
Emergency Service Medal (with single stripped ribbon) 3 Sep 1939 – 31 Mar 1946 Awarded to members of the Local Security Force, the First Aid Division and Volunteer Aid Section of the Irish Red Cross Society, and the Air Raid Precautions Organisation.
Merchant Marine medal The only emergency medal without a red & white ribbon
Other medals awarded by the Defence Forces
Military Star (Irish: An Réalt Míleata) 28 Jun 1958–present Awarded posthumously to those members of the Permanent Defence Forces who are killed or fatally wounded by direct result of hostile action or an act perpetrated by an enemy, opposing armed force, hostile belligerent or other party, involving the use of firepower or other lethal weapon. Qualifying service is outside Ireland on military duty overseas.
United Nations Peacekeepers Medal (Irish: Bonn Chosantóirí Síochána na Náisiún Aontaithe) Created in 1989. Awarded to those members of the Defence Forces who have served overseas on a United Nation Mission or United Nations Mandated Mission.
International Operational Service Medal (Irish: Bonn nua Óglaigh na hÉireann um Sheirbhís Oibríochta Idirnáisiúnta) 2014–present Awarded to members of the Permanent Defence Forces who took part in the response to the West African Ebola virus epidemic and EU humanitarian response to the European migrant crisis (Operation PONTUS).
1916 Centenary Commemorative Medal (Irish: Bonn Comórtha Céad Bliain) Dec 2016 Awarded to all personnel of the Permanent Defence Forces (PDF) and Reserve Defence Forces (RDF) who served in 2016 in recognition of the role they played to commemorate 100 years since the 1916 Easter Rising.
Siege of Jadotville Medal (Irish: An Bonn Jadotville) Dec 2017 1961 Awarded to all personnel of "A" Company with Irish Army ONUC who served at the Siege of Jadotville in recognition of their bravery and courage.

Sources

  1. https://irishvolunteers.org/irish-medals-awards-information/




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