Hero Caitríona’s husband tells of huge support

Hero Caitríona’s husband tells of huge support


Caitríona Lucas: Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Caitríona Lucas with colleagues from Doolin during an operation in 2012 – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

The husband of the late Caitríona Lucas has spoken about the support he and his family have received since the tragic passing of his wife.

Caitríona died on September 12th after the Kilkee Coast Guard boat capsized in rough seas near Kilkee. Doolin based volunteer Caitríona had been searching for a missing man along with colleagues from Kilkee when they got into difficulty.

Caitríona, one of the must qualified members of the Irish Coast Guard, was the first member to die in active duty.

Bernard Lucas was speaking on Clare FM today where he expressed his gratitude to the thousands who attended Caitríona’s funeral in Liscannor in September.

Caitríona's husband Bernard Lucas - Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Caitríona’s husband Bernard Lucas – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

“They were lining up to carry her coffin from the church to the graveyard. It was unbelievable,” Bernard told presenter Gavin Grace.

Bernard spoke of how the overwhelming support from friends and neighbours had been very important to him and his family since Caitríona’s death.

He also told of the great pride that he and the couples son Ben and daughter Emma, felt at hearing the news that Caitríona will be recognised as Clare Person of the Year by the Clare Association in February.

“Myself, Ben and Emma are very very proud. We are delighted and very proud to accept this recognition,” Bernard said.

He also advised people not to put things off but to just do them.

“I said the same thing at the funeral. Don’t put something off for three or four years. Do it now if you can,” he said.

He also called on people to give time to volunteering if they can.

“It doesn’t have to be the Coast Guard, it can be the RNLI or the Civil Defence. If you have time or can make time, it would be great to do some volunteering,” Bernard added.

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.