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Dempsey's dip in the Slaney earns shy singer an award

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Damien Dempsey

Damien Dempsey

Damien Dempsey

A Slaney rescue and a shy visiting pop star featured on the roll of honour at the 'National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards 2014' in Dublin.

Singer Damien Dempsey was saluted for his effort in pulling a swimmer in difficulty from the river at the Promenade in Enniscorthy.

However, the modest celebrity hero made no attempt to gain publicity for his actions after he waded into the river last June. And he was nowhere to be seen on the night as he chose not to attend the awards function at Farmleigh House.

The award ceremony was hosted by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park.

The entertainer was honoured in his absence for his quick thinking action in June, jumping into the river after he noticed that one of the swimmers was struggling.

The Dubliner was in Enniscorthy at the time waiting to perform in the Big Red Tent at the Strawberry Fest.

He assisted the young man to the bank and then quietly left the scene without any fuss to change into dry clothes and carry out his pre-concert sound check.

The gallantry awards were established to recognise outstanding acts of heroism, skill and initiative on the water. Damien Dempsey took his place on the roll among brave teenagers and Coast Guard volunteers and a farmer.

He was issued with a 'Marine Ministerial Letter of Appreciation' for meritorious service acknowledging his quick thinking and his readiness to risk his own life.

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