The Constabulary Medal was a decoration of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC). The medal was established on 15 April 1842, by the Inspector General of the Royal Irish Constabulary and approved by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Though it was not formally created by the crown, but was a local award with viceregal approval, it was presented for eighty years and is found in the government's official order of wear.
Black and white rendering of the Constabulary Medal, first version
|Awarded by The Royal Irish Constabulary|
|Country||United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland|
|Eligibility||Officers and men of the Royal Irish Constabulary|
|Awarded for||Before 1872: Gallantry or Meritorious service|
After 1872: Gallantry
|Status||None awarded after the 1922 partition of Ireland|
|Established||15 April 1842|
|Order of Wear|
|Next (higher)||Air Force Medal|
|Next (lower)||Medal for Saving Life at Sea|
Ribbon bar of the medal
The medal is circular made of silver, and 36 mm (1.4 in) in diameter. The obverse of the medal depicts a crowned harp within a wreath. The first version of the medal has the inscription "REWARD OF MERIT - IRISH CONSTABULARY" while the second version has the inscription "REWARD OF MERIT - ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY" This change is in recognition of the addition of "Royal" to the name of the Irish Constabulary in 1867. The reverse bears a wreath half in olive leaves and the other half in shamrocks. The center is plain to allow for the engraving of the name of the recipient.
The Sea Gallantry Medal (SGM) (officially 'The Board of Trade Medal for Saving Life at Sea'), is an award for civil gallantry at sea in Great Britain and the Commonwealth. The Merchant Shipping Act 1854 permitted the issue of this award and SGMs were first struck in 1855. They were first awarded either for 'humanity' (where there was little risk to the life of the recipient), or for gallantry (where there was significant risk to the recipient).Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal "SGM". There have been two awards of the Sea Gallantry Medal (Bronze) since 1974: one in 1981 and the other in 1989. No Sea Gallantry Medals (Silver) have been awarded since this time.