Honour for 11-year-old Rachel who saved young cousin from dog attack

A young girl who risked her life to save her young cousin when she was attacked by a dog has been honoured by the Donegal Cathaoirleach.

Wednesday, 15th September 2021, 5:24 pm
Rachel Connolly, pictured with Donegal Cathaoirleach Councillor Jack Murray.

Eleven-year-old Rachel Connolly from Buncrana witnessed a dog attack on her two-year-old cousin, Ellie, earlier this year.

Rachel risked her own life to rescue her and fought the large husky away.

Donegal Cathaoirleach, Councillor Jack Murray told how a ‘lot of people are called heroes, but few are as worthy of the title’’ as Rachel.

Tank and Skinny's Edward and Shane also presented Rachel with a voucher.

“Thankfully, because of her courageous actions, Ellie’s life was saved and, despite sustaining very serious injuries, she is now making a full recovery.

It was therefore a privilege to present Rachel with a Certificate of Recognition for Exceptional Courage & Bravery - making her the first person ever to receive such an award from Donegal County Council.

Massive thanks too to Edward and Shane from Tank & Skinnys who also wanted to show their appreciation and gifted Rachel with a €100 voucher for their restaurants. Maith thú Rachel, an inspiration to us all.”