It is with great sadness that we in the Irish Air Corps learned of the passing of Flight Sergeant (retired) Dave Carolan DSM. Dave served 21 years in the Defence Forces primarily as a helicopter crewman, and also with the Army Ranger Wing.
The Helicopter Wing is the most decorated Unit in the Irish Defence Forces and Flight Sergeant Carolan DSM contributed to this legacy, being presented with the Sir Edward Maisie Lewis award, the Department of Marine Meritorious Medal and the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) with Distinction.
This DSM was presented to, then, Corporal Carolan for “displaying a high degree of professionalism, initiative and resource, in assisting in the rescue of four trawlermen from the fishing vessel ‘Locative’ off the Donegal Coast on the 9th of March 1990
. Cpl Carolan descended from the helicopter under extremely hazardous conditions and organised all four survivors for lifting”. Such acts of bravery exemplify the unit's motto "Go Mairidís Beo (That others may live)". It is especially poignant that Dave's passing occurred on the 17th anniversary of this act of heroism.
Dave finished his career with the Irish Air Corps performing the role of chief aircrew examiner, ensuring his exacting standards were instilled within the next generation of helicopter aircrew.
He will be missed by all those who knew him. Our thoughts are with his wife Dara and his family.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis