John Connolly is the Honorary Chief Executive of the Lifesaving Foundation.
Connolly is the 2012 recipient of the Lifesaving Foundation’s Ireland Medal, annually awarded to an Irish person or organisation or to a person of Irish descent in recognition of an exceptional contribution to saving lives from drowning. The medal has a high status within world lifesaving circles due to the quality of medal recipients, often generates valuable publicity for lifesaving, and frequently draws attention to hidden or overlooked aspects of drowning.
The Ireland Medal
The Ireland Medal was introduced in 2004 as a joint project between the Irish Lifesaving Foundation and The Royal Life Saving Society Republic of Ireland Branch (RLSS IRELAND) to mark the centenary of the RLSS branch (1904-2004) and the birth of The Irish Lifesaving Foundation as a legally independent charity in 2003.
Ireland Medal recipients include the following:
2016: Irish Naval Service (Ireland)
2015: John Long (UK)
2014: Kevin Moran, Ph.D. (Ireland)
2013: Professor Stephen Langendorfer, Ph.D. (U.S.A.)
2012: John Connolly (Ireland)
2011: Professor Linda Quan, M.D. (U.S.A.)
2010: Patricia Wilcox (South Africa)
2009: Dublin Fire Brigade (Ireland)
2008: Chief Justice Terence Higgins, AO (Australia)
2007: Foyle Search & Rescue (Northern Ireland)
2006: Garda Commissioner Eamonn Doherty (Ireland)
2005: Professor John Pearn, AO (Australia)
2004: Surgeon Admiral Frank Golden, OBE (Ireland & United Kingdom)
2003: An Garda Siochana (Ireland)