Donegal hero Kevin Barr, who saved Geraldine Mullan’s life in tragedy, receives gold gallantry award


Kevin Barr received the highest honour, the Gold Bravery Award, at the National Bravery Awards on Friday. receiving silver and bronze medals.

Geraldine Mullan was rescued from Lough Foyle after her family’s car entered the lake near Quigley’s Point in Inishowen during storms on August 20, 2020. The family had taken a trip to Derry bowling and were returning home to Moville when the terrible incident happened.

The remains of her husband John and their children Tomás and Amelia were found in the river.

Kevin Barr with Geraldine Mullen (the lady he saved) who received a gold medal at the Oireachtas National Bravery Awards. At Pic Maxwell.

In a statement accompanying the award confirmations, he said: “On Thursday, August 20, 2020, Storm Ellen brought very high winds and heavy rain across the country. At around 10 p.m. a car skidded and fell into the water at Quigley’s Point, County Donegal.

“A member of the Greencastle Coastguard Unit, Kevin Barr, lived on site and was quickly on the scene.

“A woman was observed in the bottom of the car as the car overturned and landed on its roof. The waves were overwhelming her and she was at risk of being swept away by the vehicle.

“Without hesitation, Mr. Barr walked towards the vehicle and held her until the other emergency services arrived and helped pull her to safety.

Kevin Barr with Geraldine Mullen (the lady he saved) on the left and his wife Grace Barr on the right and their children Tess 4 and Kate 2 after receiving a gold medal at the Oireachtas National Bravery Awards. Peak Maxwell.

“Tragically, her husband and two children were also in the car and their bodies were later found.

“The Lady Who Lived later thanked everyone who helped out on the night but paid special tribute to Kevin Barr for his intervention.

“For his efforts, Kevin Barr receives a gold medal.”

The Bravery Award was presented to Kevin by Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD.

Kevin Barr with Geraldine Mullen and on the right Ceann Comhairle Sean O’ Fearghail TD Pic Maxwell’s

The Ceann Comhairle said: “Today we give awards to brave recipients from all corners of the country. Letters of congratulations were also sent to nine people for deeds and actions that saved lives and protected others.

“During the 75 years of the Bravery Awards, we have heard of hundreds of lives that have been saved. We cannot know what lives were lived or what generations grew up as a result of these acts, but we do know that Every act made a difference Every act of bravery matters to those who have been rescued and sometimes, even more so, to those left behind after a failed rescue attempt.

“On behalf of the people of Ireland, allow me to thank the brave recipients for their actions, for their selflessness, for their courage and for showing us that we can all make a difference on this island we share and in this world where we let’s walk together.”

The annual honors are awarded by Comhairle na Míre Gaile – the Council for Bravery – which was founded 75 years ago in 1947 to enable state recognition of exceptional acts of bravery.

Kevin Barr who received a gold medal at the Oireachtas National Bravery Awards.

The Council is chaired by the Ceann Comhairle and includes the Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann, the Lord Mayors of Dublin and Cork, the Commissioner of the Garda, the Chairman of the Association of City & County Councils and the Chairman of the Cross- Irish red.


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