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.

A History of The Lifesaving Foundation's Ireland Medal & its Recipients


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). 

A memorial tribute to Surgeon Rear Admiral Frank Golden, OBE, MD, PhD.

2012 Ireland Medal awarded to Mr. John Connolly

Ireland Medal Recipients 2003 to 2011