Irish Medals & Awards Information

Irish War of Independence General Service Medal  (aka the “Black & Tan Medal” ).

The numbers below refer to those with the comrac bar and those without the comrac bar.

The Black and Tan  Comrac Bar medal :

The Black and Tan Comrac Bar medal , the comrac bar medal was for combatants only

Numbers issued:
The numbers below refer to those with the comrac bar and those without the comrac bar. One can see that there were at least 10 strikings of the Black & tan medal of both types, this can be seen in slight differences in the medals themselves. There were 15,224 Black and Tan medals with the  Comrac  bar issued and 47,644 without the Comrac bar issued. These figures cannot be exact as there were also replacement and late awards later on, so, they have to treated as approximately.
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16th June 1941                                      10,000
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22nd October 1942                                15,000
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26th October 1945                                 3,000
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28th May 1947                                       4,500
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10th March 1949                                    1,500
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7th November 1949                                3,000
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16th June 1950                                      5,000
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10th November 1951                              6,000
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17th June 1953                                      6,700
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3rd October 1957                                   2,500
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IRISH 1916 RISING MEDAL

2,411    issued.

DESIGNER :  Corporal Gerard O’Neill, Corps of Engineers, Irish Army.
MANUFACTURERS :  The Jewellery and Metal Manufacturing Co. Ltd and
P. Quinn Ltd.

DESIGNER :  Corporal Gerard O’Neill, Corps of Engineers, Irish Army.
PRODUCERS : P. Quinn Ltd  and  The Jewellery and Metal Manufacturing Co. Ltd .

Die struck in bronze, a slain cuchulain to front with the raven perched on his shoulder(signifying that he was indeed dead),

“SEACTMAIN NA CASGA 1916” to rear, meaning Easter week1916.

1916 Rising Medal

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1916 Rising medal 1966 Survivors Medal

issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rising in 1966.

968 medals issued.

Producer :  Jewellery and Metal Mfg. Co. Ltd, Dublin.

1916-Rising-Survivors-medal

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1921 – 1971 Survivors Medal  Truce medal
(Truce Medal About 19,000)

IRA-Truce-Medal1

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1939 – 1946 Emergency Medal
all types,(Approximate, 240,000)

irish Army emergency medal

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Cumann Na Bhan Brooches. Currently Unknown
(Gold)

cumann na mban Badge Brooch

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Cumann Na Bhan Badges. Around 40
(Gold)

Cumann na mBan badge gold cap badge

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Na Fianna Medal

Issued in 1959 to mark the 5o.th anniversary of the founding of the Fianna. Approximately 2,000 medals  issued, privately issued by the Fianna , a non-government issue medal.

na fianna medal with members card

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3 replies
  1. DENIS BARRY
    DENIS BARRY says:

    I AM DENIS BARRY.MY UNCLE COMM.DENIS BARRY,BRIGADE STAFFCORK 1st.CORK BRIGADE JOINED THE VOLUNTEERS IN 1914.HE WENT TO KILLKENNY IN 1915.ARRESTED THERE ON 2nd MAY.DETAINED THERE FOR 7 NIGHTS.TRANSFERRED TO RICHMOND BARRACKS AND SHIPPED TO FRONGACH WALES.WHEN RELEASEDHE RETURNED TO KLIKENNY.HE WAS ELECTION AGENT FOR W.T.COSGRAVE 1918.RECALLED TO CORK LATE 1918.APPOINTED O.C.REPUBLICAN POLICE.REAB THE FULL STORY IN THE UNKNOWN COMMANDANT WRITTEN BY ME. PUBLISHED BY COLLINS PRESS.LAUNCHED BY CATHAL MAC SWINEY BRUGHA IN THE CORK CITY HALL ON MARCH 2010

  2. admin
    admin says:

    Would like to get some background information on my late father who was a member of the ira during the black and tan period and also involved in the war of independence.My father was awarded medals for the above periods
    Tom Desmond

  3. admin
    admin says:

    Thank you for your speedy reply. My father Daniel Christopher Desmond was born at 8 Bunkers Hill on 9th December 1902 and later lived at 40 Upper John Street, Cork City. I do not know what brigade he served in or what area he was active in. He is most likely to have served in Cork City Central Area because never mentioned any other areas in which he was actively involved.
    The only paper work to him that I am aware of was the accompanying note that came with his two medals. My sister is at present trying to locate these medals and accompanying note. Please let me have your address so that I can send you a picture of him in his younger days. In the past I recall writing on his behalf to an address in Park Gate Street in Dublin to inquire if he was entitled to an IRA pension. He was duly advised that because he already had a Cork Corporation pension that he was not entitled to another. This correspondence took place possibly in the early 1960’s
    Very best regards
    Tom Desmond.

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