Waterford soldier picks up award from President Michael D Higgins

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Waterford soldier picks up award from President Michael D Higgins

Tom Carew from Ferrybank

The Supreme Commander of the Defence Forces, President Michael D Higgins, has presented Waterford man Thomas Carew with a Defence Forces Values Award.

The awards are presented to military personnel for their exemplary service to the State.

Corporal Thomas Carew (3rd Infantry Battalion) from Ferrybank, Waterford picked up his away for selflessness as a ceremony at Áras an Úachtarán on Wednesday, September 11.

Recommended by their peers, these personnel were chosen as those who best exemplify the values and standards of Óglaigh na hÉireann.

Speaking at the Awards presentation, Úachtaran na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins said: “This evening is an opportunity for me to personally honour and acknowledge the integral role that Óglaigh na hÉireann occupies in Irish Society. It is something that I have always been aware of."

"Today, we are recognising in a special way the noble actions of seven serving and retired members of our Defence Forces. We are recognising their conduct as embodying in a special way the essential Defence Forces qualities of moral courage, respect, integrity, physical courage, selflessness and loyalty. I salute each and every one of you, and wish to thank you and your families for the sacrifices you have made and for your unwavering dedication to your country."

Speaking to the recipients and their families, Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, said: "For almost a century, the men and women of Óglaigh na hÉireann have been the bedrock of Irish sovereignty, upholding the constitution while defending and protecting our country, our people and our interests at home and abroad. It is our values that bind us together, defining our culture, inspiring us to action."

"All this is exemplified by our champions present here today. You are the embodiment of these values. Óglaigh na hÉireann stands ready, in changing and challenging times, as the custodians of Ireland's defence, unified in purpose and guided by our shared values."