Eugene Duff and Paul McInerney who were each awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificates of Bravery for their actions in Kilmuckridge, Co Wexford
Two friends one from Kildare and one Dublin were honoured last Friday at the National Bravery Awards for mounting a dangerous sea rescue of a man off the coast of Wexford.
They both received the award from the Ceann Comhairle Sean O’Fearghail TD for their outstanding acts of courage at the National Bravery Awards in Dublin.
Paul McInerney of Celbridge and Eugene Duff of Kimmage received Bronze Medals and Certificates of Bravery for their actions on 10 August 2017, when the holidaymakers noticed a man collapse and fall into the sea near Kilmuckridge, County Wexford.
The pair swam to the man as he was being pulled by the current into deep water and, with great difficulty, brought him back to shore.
The man had suffered a heart attack and, despite their efforts to save him using CPR, Mr Duff and Mr McInerney could not save him.
They were among 21 people being honoured at Friday’s ceremony at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.
The annual awards since 1947 have been administered by the Deeds of Bravery Council – which is also chaired by Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD who said, “it is an honour to present awards to 21 deserving recipients and I thank them for their courage.”