80 years of search and rescue to be celebrated in Doolin

80 years of search and rescue to be celebrated in Doolin


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Doolin Coast Guard team will celebrate 80 years of search and rescue in  North Clare with a special event this weekend. 

Volunteer search and rescue (SAR) operations commenced with Coast Life Saving Service at station 42a which was located at Ballaghaline, Doolin.

80 years later, the men and women of the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard continue this great and invaluable work.

Doolin team members set off on a missing person search – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

The Doolin team was first established on June 9th 1937 when 11 Volunteers were enrolled in to what was then the Coast Life Saving Service. Over that last eight decades more than 100 Volunteers have been enrolled in the team.

On Saturday, a plaque will be unveiled with the names of these Volunteers.

Members of the team and families of those enrolled will attend to the unveiling as will representatives of other statuary and voluntary rescue organisations from Co. Clare.

This special event will take place on Saturday (9th June) at Coast Guard Station Doolin between 15.30 to 17.00.

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.