LOCAL historian and author Gary Heary presented two important medals to Carlow County Museum this week thanks to the generousity of an anonymous donor.
He presented a War of Independence Medal, also known as the Black and Tan Medal due to the colours on the ribbon, and a 50th Anniversary Survivor's Medal with its Presidential Compliment Slip to curator of the museum Dermot Mulligan.
Mr Mulligan thanked the donor from the Royal Oak, who asked to remain anonymous, and ensured them that the medals well be well looked after and viewed by generations of Carlow people to come.
'These are important artefacts for Carlow County Museum.
'We are very pleased to receive them and they will be carefully conserved and displayed here in the museum,' he said.
It is the first 50th anniversary medal to be donated to the museum. The medals were presented in 1971 to the survivors of the War of Independence who were still alive and they came with distinguished ribbons that can be sewn to a tunic in place of the medal.
' They are in great condition and are still in their original box,' he added.
'A very small number of 50th anniversary medals were presented.
'They are rare and unique and tell their own unique story about local involvement in the war.'
Carlow County Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10a. m to 4 p. m each day.
All are welcome and admission is free.