Dom Sharkey, Lough Derg RNLI volunteer helm recognized for his 12 years dedicated service

Dom Sharkey, a helm at Lough Derg RNLI has retired after twelve years dedicated service to the charity. Dom, a carpenter and master craftsman who works in building and renovation is recognized as a valued member of the RNLI team at Lough Derg.   Following his final exercise on Sunday 27 February, volunteers arranged a […]

Volunteer Tom Hayes passes out as fully qualified crew member at Lough Derg RNLI

Following his final assessment with Helena Duggan, RNLI Assessor/Trainer, earlier this month, Tom Hayes has been passed out as a fully qualified lifeboat crew member with Lough Derg RNLI.   Encouraged by volunteer helm, Dom Sharkey, Tom joined the station first as a Deputy Launching Authority, a responsibility he held for two years. The role […]

RNLI fundraising volunteer Laura Clarke receives an Excellence in Volunteering Award

Laura Clarke, RNLI fundraising volunteer was presented with an Excellence in Volunteering Award by Jennifer Grey, RNLI Community Manager. On Thursday morning, 9 November, Laura Clarke, RNLI fundraising volunteer, was presented with an Excellence in Volunteering Award by Jennifer Grey, RNLI Community Manager. Laura was presented with her award at the annual Christmas card and […]

Lough Derg RNLI assist 5 people on a 48ft cruiser in difficulty in severe weather conditions on Lough Derg

On Tuesday night, 26 October, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist 5 people on a 48ft cruiser at anchor just off red marker 1168 which identifies the Benjamin Rocks, on the County Clare shore.   At 11.10pm the lifeboat Jean Spier launched with helm Ger Egan, crew Steve Smyth, […]

Lough Derg RNLI crew member Chris Parker becomes a Trauma Risk Management practitioner

The RNLI, mindful of the potential psychological effects of attending traumatic or distressing call outs, initiated a Trauma Risk Management Programme (TRiM) in 2016. The programme evolved from a Stress Trauma Project in the UK Royal Marines and aims to provide support and assistance for volunteers who wish to access it. The programme is completely […]

Lough Derg RNLI launched in back to back Shouts to vessels suffering engine failure during a thunderstorm

Earlier this afternoon, Friday July 23, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist two people on a 26ft cruiser with engine failure southwest of Illaunmore.   At 3pm the lifeboat Jean Spier launched with helm Eleanor Hooker, crew Keith Brennan, Steve Smyth and Joe O’Donoghue on board. The lake developed […]

Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist a young person with a medical emergency in Dromineer Bay

On Wednesday afternoon, June 30, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist a young person reported to be semi-conscious on a floating pontoon, by Dromineer Harbour.   At 3.43pm the lifeboat Jean Spier launched with helm Eleanor Hooker, crew Steve Smyth, Doireann Kennedy and Chris Parker on board. The winds […]

Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist 2 people on a 32ft cruiser aground by the entrance to Terryglass Harbour, at the northern end of Lough Derg.

On Wednesday evening June 17, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist two people on a 32ft cruiser aground close to the entrance to Terryglass Harbour, at the northern end of Lough Derg.   At 6.48pm the RNLI lifeboat Jean Spier launched with helm Eleanor Hooker, Steve Smyth, Joe O’Donoghue […]

Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist 4 people on a 35ft cruiser with fuel problems above the Goat Road on the eastern shore of Lough Derg

Earlier this evening, Friday June 11, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist four people on a 35ft cruiser with fuel problems. The vessel was reported to be near Navigation Mark F, north of the Goat Road on the Tipperary shore.    At 5.05pm the lifeboat Jean Spier launched with helm Owen […]

Lough Derg RNLI welcomes four local volunteers to the crew

RNLI lifeboat volunteers come from a multiplicity of backgrounds. And though some may have no previous maritime experience before they enrol, this is not an issue as the RNLI provide a comprehensive and rigorous programme that equips trainees to meet all necessary requirements to be crew on a lifeboat. Being an RNLI lifeboat crew is […]

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