Private Issue Medals
A private issue medal is a medal made to commemorate a Defence Forces or Reserve Forces event or anniversary. Private issue medals are not issued or sanctioned by military or Reserve Forces and are not worn on the uniform although some medals are designed and manufactured by serving or ex-service personnel.
This is probably the best known Private Issue medal and was struck to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the FCA. The medal was designed by ex-FCA NCO, Frank Lane. There were two designs, the image on the right shows the front of the medal.
There were two designs issued. The front of the two designs was the same while the reverse of each medal had a different design. The images on the right above shows the F.C.A. design.
The image on the right shows the design for the Naval Reserve (An Slua Muiri).
F.C.A. and Slua Muiri Stand Down Medal
On the first of October 2005 An Foras Cosanta (F.C.A.) Aituil and An Slua Muiri (S.M.) were stood down at a parade in Sarsfield Barracks Limerick. There was no official medal struck to mark the occasion but Frank Lane designed and had struck a commemorative medal to mark this historic occasion.
The medal is made of Nickel-Silver. The front of the medal depicts the Irish Defence Forces cap badge surrounded by a Shamrock Wreath and the four crests of the four army commands and the crest of An Slua Muiri.
The back of the medal is inscribed in raised letters The Stand-down of An Foras Cosanta Aituil and An Slua Muiri 2005. The medal is made by MMI (Dublin). Images courtesy of Gerry O’Connor.
F.C.A. and Slua Muiri Millennium Medal
The medal was produced with two different designs on the back. One design was for An Foras Cosanta Aituil. The design of this medal depicts the words An Foras Cosanta Aituil surrounding a blank centre.
The design on the back of the other medal depicts the crest of An Slua Muiri. The ribbon is the same for both designs being red and gold. The red represents a thousand years of war and disease with the gold representing hope for the future and a thousand years of peace and enlightenment. The medal was manufactured by MMI (Dublin). Images courtesy of Gerry O’Connor
100th Anniversary of the Irish Volunteers Medal
This medal was issued by Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women Ireland (O.N.E.) to mark the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Irish Volunteers.
The Volunteers were founded on the 25th of November 1913. Many organizations claim their origins back to the Irish Volunteers. The Volunteers were founded to protect and defend the Home Rule Bill.