Lough Derg RNLI to host open day

Lough Derg RNLI to host open day

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Photo: Lough Derg RNLI
Photo: Lough Derg RNLI

Lough Derg RNLI will host and Open Day on Sunday 18 September between midday until 4pm.

The public is invited to meet Lough Derg’s volunteer crew and operations team. There will also be a tour of the Station where visitors will see the kit crew wear when out on service in the lifeboat. 

The Irish Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, (operations permitting) will fly from their base at Shannon airport and carry out an exercise with the lifeboat in Dromineer Bay. The lifeboat station is currently located on the grounds of Lough Derg Yacht Club in Dromineer.

File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

The RNLI is a charity that saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the coasts of Ireland and the UK and on selected inland waterways, including Lough Derg, our sister lake, Lough Ree.

The lifeboat has an active fundraising committee chaired for many years by Niamh McCutcheon. Fundraising is essential as, independent of Coastguard and government, the RNLI 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 141,000 lives.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer with the RNLI, the Open Day is an ideal time to chat to crew and get a sense of what it entails.

If you cannot make it this time, but would like to speak to a member of the Station about volunteering, please call (087) 251 4517, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Lough Derg RNLI volunteers are dedicated and committed, and are always delighted to welcome new recruits.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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