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Gallantry award made to RNLI bowman almost 80 years ago has been returned to Aran Islands lifeboat station

An award for gallantry, which was made to an RNLI bowman for his part in the rescue of 12 people off Co Galway almost 80 years ago has been returned to the Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat station.

Patrick Flaherty was bowman of the Galway Bay RNLI lifeboat  - now called the Aran Islands RNLI – when a call came on the night of 16th August 1938.

He and four other men rescued the crew of 12 from a Greek freighter which had run aground near the Aran Islands.

Mr Flaherty was awarded the RNLI’s bronze medal for gallantry for his part in the rescue, and his grandnephew John Harwood was left the citation for the bronze medal, which is written on vellum.

John and his wife Mary met with members of the Aran Islands and Galway RNLI crews in Rossaveal yesterday evening to present the citation to Aran Islands RNLI coxswain John O’Donnell, who said the precious heirloom will take pride of place in the lifeboat station.

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