Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat Station celebrates a hugely successful Open Day Sunday July 28 2013

Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat Station held a hugely successful Open Day on Sunday July 28.  From 2.30pm until 5.30pm, the public visited the station, spoke with crew and members of the Operations and Fundraising committees, and got to see their lifeboat.  The children who accompanied their parents were particularly excited to don a lifejacket and to sit on the boat, under the watchful eye of volunteer crew members Robbie Garland and David Moore.
The Lifeboat Station was particularly honoured to have had Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, visit the station and talk to the crew.  Minister Coveney was officially opening the Mirror Worlds 2013 Championships that are taking place at Lough Derg Yacht Club, on whose grounds the lifeboat has a temporary home.  The Minister has just come off the water following a celebratory sail with the competitors.

The crew and committees were delighted to meet Dave Johnson, who will be running in the Great North Run in Newcastle Upon Tyne to raise funds for the RNLI.
Lifeboat Operations Manager, Pat Garland gave warm thanks to the public who took the time to visit the station, despite the rain.  He also thanked Teddy Knight, who dressed as Stormy Stan, Hannah Freeman and Lorraine Moore for their wonderful cakes and buns, and to members of the Fundraising committee Laura and Caleb Clarke and Pat Kelly for organising the RNLI Souvenier Shop to be on site for the duration of the Open Day. Mr. Garland also thanked the volunteer crew and committee for giving up their Sunday afternoon to make the Open Day such a success.

Laura Clarke organised a wonderful raffle, and the winners were announced when the tickets were drawn at 5.30 pm.
1st Prize Hamper Basket: Mildred Clarke
2nd Prize Remote Controlled Lifeboat Jeep: Edel O’Brien
3rd Prize Lifeboat Rucksack filled with goodies: Robbie Garland


Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat station has been operating since May 2004. The lifeboat is based at Dromineer, Nenagh, County Tipperary To learn more

about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/loughderglifeboat




Key facts about the RNLI


The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search

and rescue service around the Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates over 230

lifeboat stations with 43 in Ireland. The RNLI is independent of the Coast

Guard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to

maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat

crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity

registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

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