The British Tunnelling Society recognised the life’s work and contribution of Joseph Gallagher by awarding him this year’s James Clark Medal. The September issue of Tunnels and Tunnelling sees Josie featured on the front cover as he talks to Keren Fallwell, about his career.
The ability to inspire and lead people, to deliver work fairly and honestly while commanding and giving respect are the attributes the British Tunnelling Society recognised in Joseph Gallagher when awarding him the James Clarke Medal. The committee felt that not only were they acknowledging the enormous contribution that Gallagher has made to the tunnelling business but also providing a token of the contribution that people of the west coast of Ireland have made.
“Gallagher has served the tunnelling industry for over 48 years and is still as passionate and determined as ever to be at the top of his game. As attested by people who have had the privilege to work with him, Gallagher is a true inspiration.”
Ivor Thomas - British Tunnelling Society Vice-Chairman
What is the James Clark Medal?
James Clark, worked for Charles Brand & Sons on many well-known tunnels. Following his death in 1981 his widow, Madeline, bequeathed a sum of money to provide a medal to be awarded annually to a British tunneller in his memory.
The criteria for the award are contemporary achievement or innovation in tunnelling, or responsibility for a large project or a major contribution to the tunnelling industry.