Garda James Mulroy – Scott Medal for Bravery
James Mulroy left the family farm in Straide to join the Garda Siochana on May the 19th 1922. At midnight on May the 26th 1923, as he was returning to his station in Broadford, County Clare, Garda James Mulroy was held up by two armed men. He refused to either move or surrender to them and informed both men that he ‘would rather die where he was’. Garda Mulroy was unarmed but he tackled one of the men. During the ensuing struggle he was shot by the second man. Garda Mulroy eventually disarmed one man while the other man fled from the scene. Garda Mulroy returned to his station and got his wounds dressed. He then went back out with a colleague and arrested one of the men.
Garda Mulroy was awarded the first Scott Medal for bravery on August the 18th 1924. At a special ceremony in 1978, he donated his medal to the Garda Siochana Museum.