Two Carlow girls receive bravery award for jumping into mud-filled pond to rescue boy

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Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann, Seán Ó Fearghaíl handed out the awards on Friday

Two Carlow girls - Krista Valteris and Keisha Moloney - have been presented with National Bravery Awards for risking their own lives to aid others in peril.

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl on Friday presented National Bravery Awards to 21 individuals from across the country. 

Krista and Keisha were walking on August 30 in 2017 from Gortnahowan in Carlow to the nearby housing estate in Graigeowen through a wasteland area known as the "Quarry".

They were approached by two parents who were concerned about their three missing sons. They asked the girls if they had seen them and they answered they had not, but would help to look for them.

As they started to search, they became aware of screaming in the distance and ran over to a large, wet, swamp-like area containing a pond.

They saw the older boys who were desperately looking on at the youngest brother (who was 6 years old) who was in severe difficulties in the water, repeatedly submerging under the water. Krista bravely jumped into the mud-filled pond on her own to rescue the boy.

When he was brought back to the shore, Keisha managed to revive him with CPR and comfort him. The boy later made a full recovery.

Friday’s ceremony at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, brought recipients together to receive their Certificates of Bravery and, for five of the recipients, Bronze Medals of Bravery as well.

The annual honours are awarded by Comhairle na Mire Gaile – the Deeds of Bravery Council – which was founded in 1947 to enable State recognition of exceptional acts of courage.

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

"The presentation of the National Bravery Awards is an opportunity to celebrate the courage of ordinary people who risk their own safety to protect their fellow citizens," the Ceann Comhairle said.

"In a world often dominated by bad news, it is important to recognise the sacrifices made by good people, whose selflessness can serve to remind us of our duty of care to one another.

"It is an honour to present awards to 21 deserving recipients and I thank them for their courage."