​ Ireland - Republic of: Emergency Service Medal 1939-1946, with Local Defence Force ‘An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúla’ reverse, complete with ‘Seirbís Náisiúnta’ top bar, and with one additional 1939-1946 award bar. Fitted with the early issue single white striped ribbon.

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Ireland - Republic of: Emergency Service Medal 1939-1946, with Local Defence Force ‘An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúla’ reverse, complete with ‘Seirbís Náisiúnta’ top bar, and with one additional 1939-1946 award bar. Fitted with the early issue single white striped ribbon.
Condition: 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 Local Defence Force. 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.