Garda Tony Golden to be honoured with Scott Medal for bravery this Friday

Garda Tony Golden to be honoured with Scott Medal for bravery this Friday

The late Garda Tony Golden is set to be posthumously honoured with the highest honour for bravery by Gardaí at a ceremony at the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary this Friday.

The deceased father of three from Blackrock was shot in the line of duty in Omeath in October 2015 by Adrian Crevan Mackin.

Garda Golden, a native of Co Mayo, was escorting Mackin’s girlfriend Siobhan Phillips to their home to collect her things after she had made a complaint of domestic abuse when Mackin shot both of them, fatally injuring Garda Golden and seriously injuring Ms Phillips. He later turned the gun on himself.

Garda Golden will follow in the footsteps of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, who was killed in the line of duty in Bellurgan in January 2013 in receiving the Scott Medal this week. Mr Donohoe’s widow Caroline accepted the honour on his behalf last year.

He is one of seven receiving the gold medal honour on the day along with the family of Detective Garda Dominick Hutchin, who was shot in the face by two armed raiders he confronted in North Cumberland Street in Dublin in 1987.

The other five are being given to Gardaí lured into a Provisional IRA ambush at a derelict house in Co Laois, where a bomb exploded, in October 1976.

A silver medal will also be presented to Omeath based Garda Gary O’Callaghan who was first on the scene following the shooting.

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