Bansha Man Awarded James Stephens Award

Tipperary County Council Civic Offices, Tipperary Town. Image © Tipp Mid West Radio

A local man has emerged as the winner of the James Stephens Award at his passing out Parade at Stephen’s Barracks in Kilkenny.

Paul Crotty, of Ballyglasheen, Bansha  joined the Defence Forces in January 2022 and was given the James Stephens Award in recognition of his contribution to the Espirit de Corps of the 168th Recruit Battalion and the common spirit of camaraderie,  enthusiasm and devotion to duty amongst the group.

The citation says “this recruit best espouses the Defence Forces values of respect, loyalty, selflessness, physical courage, moral courage and integrity.”

Mr Crotty is 24 years of age and will be based in Limerick in the near future.

Cllr Michael Fitzgerald says his parents Mark and Paula are hugely proud of his success as he proposed a vote of congratulations for the new member of the Irish Defence Forces at the November Municipal District meeting.