Military Medal for Gallantry
|Military Medal For Gallantry
An Bonn Míleata Calmachta
Military Medal For Gallantry with Honour
Military Medal For Gallantry with Distinction
Military Medal For Gallantry with Merit
|Awarded by Ireland|
|Eligibility||Officers, non-commissioned officers and privates of the Defence Forces and members of the Army Nursing and Chaplaincy Services.|
|Awarded for||acts of exceptional bravery or gallantry during military service with risk to life and personal safety.|
|Next (lower)||Distinguished Service Medal|
The Military Medal For Gallantry (Irish: An Bonn Míleata Calmachta) is a military decoration awarded by the Irish Government. It is the highest award of the Military awards and decorations of Ireland.
Created in 1944, the Military Medal for Gallantry is awarded in three different classes. Originally referred to as 1st, 2nd and 3rd class, but since 1984 they have been respectively been referred to with Honour, with Distinction, and with Merit. Since the medal's inception it has been awarded six times with Distinction and twice with merit. It has never been awarded with Honour.
The Military Medal for Gallantry is awarded for "any act of exceptional bravery or gallantry (other than one performed on war service) arising out of, or associated with, military service and involving risk to life and limb." The medal can be awarded to officers, non-commissioned officers, or privates of the Defence Forces and to members of the Army Nursing Service and Chaplaincy Services.
The medal is made of silver when awarded with Honour and is bronze when awarded with Distinction and Merit. The obverse of the medal depicts a cross with St. Brendan’s knot on each arm. Superimposed on the cross is a laurel wreath. In the centre are the words DE ḂARR CALMAĊTA (For Gallantry). The reverse is plain except for the inscription An Bonn Míleata Calmaċta arching over a scroll on which to inscribes the recipient's name. The makers hallmark is located at the bottom.
The medal hangs from a straight arm suspension attached to a 35 millimetres (1.4 in) ribbon which is green and crimson. The ribbon for the medal with Honour is green with a 3 millimetres (0.12 in) central stripe of crimson, with Distinction is green with 6 millimetres (0.24 in) stripes of crimson at the edges, and the medal with Merit is green with 3mm crimson edges and a 3 mm crimson central stripe.
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by BQMS Ger O'Connor 54 Reserve Artillery Regiment Mullingar 2010