The Ireland Medal was introduced in 2004 as a joint project between the Irish Lifesaving Foundation and The Royal Life Saving Society Republic of Ireland Branch (RLSS IRELAND) to mark the centenary of the RLSS branch (1904-2004) and the birth of The Irish Lifesaving Foundation as a legally independent charity in 2003.
It is awarded annually to "an Irish person or organization or to a person of Irish descent in recognition of an exceptional contribution to saving lives from drowning" and has been awarded 10 times.
The medal has a high status within world lifesaving circles due to the quality of medal recipients, often generates valuable publicity for lifesaving, and frequently draws attention to hidden or overlooked aspects of drowning.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of 2004 Ireland Medal recipient Surgeon Rear Admiral Frank St. Clair Golden, Royal Navy (Retired).
2012 Ireland Medal awarded to Mr. John Connolly