This is what Gardai do best.

Protect all in our Society, very man woman, no matter what walk of life – even Politicians, those most critical of the culture of An Garda Siochana.  No great utterances from those detractors this morning, after the showpiece of Medal Awards at Garda College in Templemore yesterday. 

Gardaí killed in line of duty among medal honourees

A RECORD number of Scott medals presented at a single ceremony were awarded to gardaí in recognition of their courage and bravery.
Photos: Liam Burke / New gardaí Nicole McGovern, from Dowra, Co Cavan, and Róisín Byrne, from Myshall, Co Carlow.

Seventeen medals – seven gold, three silver and seven bronze – were awarded at the Garda College in Templemore yesterday.

The medals covered incidents dating back to a Provisional IRA explosion in 1976 when five gardaí were lured into an ambush at a booby-trapped derelict house.

Reflecting on what he called the heroic actions of gardaí, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said many would wonder at the source of their courage and determination to take whatever steps were required to face down criminals or to save a life, at great personal risk.

Five of the gold medals were awarded to gardaí who were caught in the IRA bomb at Garryhinch, 5km outside Mountmellick, Co

Laois, on October 16, 1976.

A gold medal was awarded posthumously to Garda Michael Clerkin, who entered the house through a window and felt the full impact of the blast as he opened the booby-trapped door to his colleagues.

Another gold medal was awarded posthumously to Garda Tony Golden, who was shot dead two years ago as he defended a young woman who had been attacked by her partner and was attempting to remove her belongings from her house.

His wife Nicola accepted the medal.