Sunday 4 December 2016

Bravery award for hero Roisin

Jane O'Faherty

Published 14/11/2015 | 02:30

Roisin Halligan, 12, who received a bronze medal, with her aunt Danielle Halligan, in Farmleigh House
Roisin Halligan, 12, who received a bronze medal, with her aunt Danielle Halligan, in Farmleigh House

The Waterford girl who saved her two young cousins from a petrol bomb attack last year has been presented with a national award.

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Roisin Halligan suffered serious burns after petrol bombs were thrown through the downstairs window of her grandmother's house in Ballybeg in October 2014.

When the bomb came through the window, Roisin jumped on her cousins, Lexi (then aged one) and William (then aged three months) to protect them from the flames.

Now hailed a hero, Roisin (12) was presented with a Bronze Medal at the National Bravery Awards. Almost 40 men, women and children from 13 counties were awarded with medals and certificates for their heroic feats. Other recipients included Kerri Brosnan from Midleton, Co. Cork, who saved her mother from an attack by a suckler cow on the family farm. It is believed that her mother could have died without Kerri's efforts.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett said he was honoured to present the awards to the "incredibly brave" individuals.

These men, women and children of Ireland went to the aid of others, at great risk to their own safety and we salute them for their outstanding deeds."

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