The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport is currently calling for nominations for the National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards scheme.
The aim of this awards scheme is to recognise outstanding acts of courage, heroism, skill and initiative. It also recognises exceptional dedication to duty in the execution of Ireland’s marine emergency response.
The Marine Gallantry award is presented in the form of a gold, silver or bronze medal, named the Michael Heffernan Medal for Marine Gallantry, in memory of an individual who lost his life during a marine incident a number of years ago.
A second award, Marine Meritorious Service Medal, may be awarded where outstanding meritorious service has been provided to, or within the remit of, the Irish Coast Guard. The person must have demonstrated exceptional dedication to duty, coupled with skill and initiative, in the execution of the service being provided.
A letter of Marine Ministerial Appreciation may be awarded for meritorious service where outstanding dedication to duty over a career of service can be demonstrated, or for an act of particular meritorious dedication, showing skill and initiative, but which is not of an order for receipt of a Meritorious Service Medal.
A committee of representatives from commercial, leisure, safety and rescue sectors of Ireland’s maritime community including Irish Sailing Association, Irish Water Safety, Irish Harbour Masters Association, Bord Iascaigh Mhara will adjudicate all the nominations received.
For this round of Awards, which are planned to happen every two years, the nominations will consider events occurring between 31st August 2014 to the 31st of August 2016.
All nominations must be completed by Friday 9th of September either by email or in writing. Full details and a link to the form are available here. All submissions should be as comprehensive as possible including all relevant information and any newspaper clipping, photographs eye-witness statements etc.