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Great grandson of VC winner awarded Scott Medal

Roscrea Garda Receives Scott Medal For Bravery On Duty
Thursday, 20 February 2014

Garda Thomas Ryan, from Cooleshall, Roscrea, with his Scott Medal which was awarded on Friday. MT0873DF

A GARDA from Roscrea was awarded the Scott Medal for bravery during a ceremony in Templemore Garda College last Friday.
Thomas Ryan is originally from Cooleshall near Roscrea and is stationed in Athy, Co Kildare. He was presented with his medal by Justice Minister Alan Shatter.
Along with Garda Paul Carney, Garda Ryan tackled two raiders at a jewellery shop in Celbridge, Co Kildare on August 6th, 2010. The thieves stole €1,000 and were armed with a realistic imitation firearm and a crowbar. The Gardaí spotted the raiders, left their patrol car and ran after them.
Garda Carney caught up with one of the criminals in St Patrick's Park in Celbridge and told him to give himself up. The raider pointed his firearm at the Garda who tackled him to the ground and disarmed him.
At this point the other thief appeared on the scene and grabbed the firearm. He ordered Garda Carney to release his accomplice and was told this wasn't going to happen. Garda Ryan chased the second man and arrested him.
'We only had batons,' commented Garda Ryan, 'whereas they had a gun, but in those instances you just do your duty. You hope that when they threaten you with a firearm that they don't really mean it, but you never know.'
He said the raiders were aged in their 30s and 40s. Both thieves were convicted of robbery and possession of an imitation gun and the stolen cash was recovered.
Garda Ryan is 33 years of age and after finishing his schooling in Roscrea decided to join the force. He's been a Gards for 11 years and was stationed for five years in Dublin. He is in the Traffic Corps.
He's living in Killavilla with his partner Aoife and wishes to be stationed nearer Roscrea.
His Dad, also called Thomas, chatted to the Tribune as well and said he was very proud of his son. He said the family attended the ceremony in Templemore on Friday which lasted four and a half hours from 11.30a.m. Tom senior recalled that his son wanted to be a Garda since he was a child. 'His great-grandfather was Jack Moyney who was a recipient of the Victoria Cross medal,' said Tom senior, 'so bravery must be in the blood!' Tom senior said he has three sons and one daughter. His youngest son is in the Garda Reserve, his daughter, Amy, used to work as a reporter with Midlands Radio 3, and his other son, who is Tom junior's twin, is a teacher.
Jack Moyney won his VC during World War One in Belgium in September 1917 when he was in command of 15 men. The group was surrounded and attacked by the enemy for four days. They had no water and little food. On the fifth day Jack and his men made a desperate attempt to get back to their lines. They threw bombs at the advancing enemy and used a Lewis gun. They charged through the enemy and crossed a stream in a hail of bullets. All of the group reached the safety of their lines. Jack died in Roscrea in November 1980, aged 85.

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