Ireland - Republic of: Emergency Service Medal 1939-1946, with Air Raid Protection ‘Na Seirbhise Reamhcuraim in Aghaidh Aer-Ruathar’ reverse, complete with ‘Seirbís Náisiúnta’ top bar, and with two additional 1939-1946 award bars - the maximum possible entitlement.
Condition: the top bar lacking the wearing pin, Good Very Fine.
The medal was instituted on 6 October 1944 to reward service during World War II, referred to in Ireland as the ‘Emergency Period’, Ireland remaining neutral but vigilant. The medal had eleven variations of the reverse for different service units. This example is for members of the Air Raid Protection Service. ARP members did not wear uniform but wore an armband denoting they were members of the ARP. There were several bombing raids carried out by the Germany Air Force on the Republic of Ireland during the Second World War. ARP duties were to enforce black-out regulations. A minimum of two years’ service was required to gain this medal and the ‘1939 - 1946’ bar was awarded for an additional two years’ service. In practice, it was not until 1947 that the medal was manufactured and distributed.