Caitríona Lucas to be honoured at weekend event

Caitríona Lucas to be honoured at weekend event


The later Caitríona Lucas – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Irish Coast Guard volunteer Caitríona Lucas will be remembered this weekend at a special event in Ennistymon.

The Clare Association, Dublin – Muintir an Chláir – confirmed in December, that  Caitríona would be awarded their Clareperson of the Year award for her “outstanding contribution to communities in Co. Clare and beyond.”

This will be the first time that The Clare Association in Dublin will make a posthumous award.

Doolin Coast Guard member and mother-of-two Caitríona died while taking part in a search for a missing man in Kilkee on September 12th last. The boat, carrying Caitríona and two colleagues from the Kilkee unit of the service, capsized tossing all three into the sea.

Caitríona will be honoured at the Clare Association Dublin Annual Dinner and Clare Person of the Year award presentation at the Falls Hotel Ennistymon on Saturday 25th February at 7:30p.m.

On Sunday at 11am in Ennistymon Church, Bishop of Killaloe, Bishop Fintan Monahan patron of the association, Fr. Des Forde C.C. and the associations Chaplin Fr. Finbar Neylon will con-celebrate a remembrance mass for Caitriona Lucas and all are welcome.

Some tickets are still available for Saturday night from 086 8498192.

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.