State honours rescue volunteers
VOLUNTEERS in north Kerry were honoured by the State on Saturday for their years of service in keeping our waters safe.
Members of the Ballybunion Coastguard and the Glenderry Coastguard in Ballyheigue were presented with certificates and medals in recognition of their long service.
Six men received certificates marking ten years' service, seven received medals marking 20 years' and one Ballyheigue man, Michael Hehir, received a medal for no fewer than three decades' dedication to water safety in his area.The medals were presented by Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs Jimmy Deenihan.
"It was nice to get the recognition from the State and have the Minister come out to present the medals," Ballybunion Coastguard member TJ McCarrron said. Along with his Ballybunion colleagues Michael Flahive, Michael Ryan, Jim Enright, John Walsh, Liam Mulvihill and Glenderry Coastguard Pádraig Casey, TJ received a medal marking 21 years in the job.