Lough Derg RNLI celebrates lifesaving role of volunteers as charity marks International Women’s Day

For generations, women have saved lives, launched lifeboats, and raised millions for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). At Lough Derg RNLI Station, several women on both the lifeboat and in fundraising are continuing this lifesaving legacy.  Ania Skrzypczynska, a busy mother of one, joined Lough Derg RNLI as a volunteer crew member in 2020.  Ania, […]

Lough Derg RNLI brings back ‘Lap of the Lake’ charity cycle after success of last year’s event

Following the success of the inaugural ‘Lap the Lake’ last May, in which 250 cyclists raised funds for the RNLI, the Lough Derg RNLI Fundraising committee are bringing it back. The event will take place on Saturday 6 May and will raise funds for the RNLI’s local lifeboat station, which is operated by volunteers on Lough […]

Lough Derg RNLI fundraising branch calls on new volunteers to join its lifesaving crew

Just like the charity’s lifeboats, the RNLI’s fundraising team need a dedicated volunteer crew. Volunteers are at the heart of the RNLI and make up 95% of its people. They are ordinary people who do extraordinary things and without them, the organisation couldn’t continue to save lives at sea or on inland waters. But it’s […]

Lough Derg RNLI volunteers thank Assessor Trainer of almost 20 years after her final class and assessments

Helena Duggan, an RNLI Assessor Trainer who has delivered training and assessments at Lough Derg RNLI for almost 20 years was treated to a surprise leaving party by station volunteers this week.   Yesterday (Wednesday, 14 December) Helena Duggan and her fellow Assessor Trainer Seán Ginnelly came to Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat station as part of […]

Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist a family of 4 on a 43ft cruiser with engine failure

On Thursday afternoon August 18, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to assist a family of four on a 43ft cruiser with engine failure, adrift in heavy weather.   At 5.02pm Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat Jean Spier launched with helm Steve Smyth, Keith Brennan and Chris Parker on board. The lake was rough, […]

Lough Derg RNLI is recruiting new volunteers to join their lifesaving team for shore duty in roles as Deputy Launching Authority, Additional Lifeboat Mechanic and Tractor Driver

Shore crew have a central role in securing the safety of the lifeboat and the men and women launching their craft to rescue those in peril on the water. They ensure the successful and smooth operations of the RNLI’s lifesaving work within the station. As a volunteer with the RNLI you will gain new skills […]

Lough Derg RNLI volunteer Steve Smyth passes out as helm on station’s inshore lifeboat

A volunteer crew member at Lough Derg RNLI has successfully passed out as a helm on the station’s inshore lifeboat.   Following an assessment in theory on shore and an extensive assessment on the water, Steve Smyth was recently passed out as helm with Lough Derg RNLI by Assessor Mark Mitchell. The achievement follows two […]

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 […]

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