RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew are used to working together in challenging conditions out on the water but a major event during Volvo Cork week will see them pitted against each other along with their colleagues in the emergency services to take home the prize in the Beaufort Cup Regatta 2016.
?THE RNLI held its annual presentation of awards at the Guinness Storehouse recently where the charity presented 56 individual awards to volunteers from across the country. Six of the awardees were from West Cork RNLI stations and branches.
THE Courtmacsherry RNLI all weather lifeboat was called out at 2pm last Saturday (June 18th) to go to the aid of a 36 foot fishing vessel that had gotten into difficulty just 300 meters off the rocks at Dunworley Point in West Cork.
The RNLI today launches its annual national drowning prevention campaign, Respect the Water, and this year the charity is warning the public to watch out for key dangers that can catch people out in or near water. The campaign which will run throughout the summer months comes a week after the RNLI, the Coast Guard and Irish Water Safety issued a joint statement advising caution to those engaged in recreational
THREE fishermen were rescued on Sunday night (April 10th) in gale force conditions by volunteer lifeboat crew from Kinsale RNLI. The 20 metre beam trawler was forced onto the rocks at Moneypoint, at the entrance to Kinsale harbour, around 1800hrs this evening.
SCOIL Náisiúnta Rae na Scríne near Rosscarbery invites people from the community into our school to share their experiences and knowledge with the students. Monday 25th January, John Kearney from the Baltimore RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) and Ann Deasy from Union Hall RNLI came to visit us.
FIGURES just released by the RNLI show that West Cork’s six RNLI lifeboats were launched 104 times in 2015 assisting and rescuing 125 people in the process. In what was a very busy year the Baltimore all-weather lifeboat saw the most launches with a total of 25 while the new Union Hall inshore lifeboat which is currently under assessment by the RNLI proved to be a valuable asset launching 17
BALTIMORE RNLI received an an alert from Valentia Coastguard at 09:29 on Wednesday morning last, when a young boy in urgent need of medical attention required immediate evacuation from Cape Clear Island.
SEVEN fishermen were rescued from a stricken fishing boat that ran aground in Glandore Harbour on Sunday night in severe weather conditions.
THE Courtmacsherry all weather RNLI Lifeboat was called out at 6.40 pm yesterday evening (Monday) to go to the immediate aid of a 22 ft speedboat that got into difficulties and was taking in water off the Inner Barrell Rocks near the Old Head of Kinsale.
VOLUNTEER lifeboat crew with Union Hall RNLI launched last Thursday night after a member of the public spotted a flare in the West Galley Head area and raised the alarm. Valentia Coast Guard tasked Union Hall RNLI at 10.15pm with the lifeboat launching seven minutes later. Also involved in the search was the Rescue 117 Coast Guard Helicopter and Castlefreake Coast Guard Unit.
CELEBRITY chef Martin Shanahan is promising a ‘party on the pier’ in Kinsale this Bank Holiday Saturday 1st August for the Kinsale RNLI Raft Race. Up to 30 rafts will take part in the race, starting at the Bulman Bar in Summercove at 5pm and finishing at the main slip by Kinsale pier between 5.30pm and 6pm.
Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven is proud to have been chosen as the only location in Ireland to host the RNLI “Hope in the Great War” exhibition in 2015! The exhibit is an ideal way for families and young children to learn about the astounding work of RNLI volunteers during the First World War and is open to the public each Saturday & Sunday throughout the month of July.
THE RNLI held its Annual Presentation of Awards at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin recently where the charity presented 55 awards to volunteers, groups and businesses from across the country that have made a significant contribution to the RNLI in Ireland. Six of those awards were made to West Cork volunteers from Baltimore, Courtmacsherry, Kinsale and Union Hall.
THE volunteer lifeboat crew with Union Hall RNLI had their third callout in a week when launched last Saturday to bring a 44 ft yacht with two crew onboard to safety after it reported engine problems off Galley Head. The crew onboard the yacht raised the alarm with Valentia Coast Guard after they realised they were expiring severe engine trouble and they feared they would not be able to bring
by Carol Gilbert A SPLENDID display of vintage cars came out in force in support Union Hall RNLI fundraising branch last Sunday. Main organisers were the Crosshaven Veteran, Vintage and Classic Motor Club with members of a number of other vintage car clubs coming along in support. The group had stayed at the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery on Saturday night and headed down to Tragumna, travelled along the Coast Road
THE inshore lifeboat was called to give assistance when a medical emergency occurred on board a 75ft fishing vessel in Roaring Water Bay on 11th December. The two crew on board had been pumping the vessel bilges with a petrol pump when one of them became overcome with fumes and collapsed. The boat which services mussel rafts in the bay was at her moorings at the time. The casualty was
THE Courtmacsherry lifeboat was called out on Sunday morning to go to the aid of a 90ft fishing vessel that had got into difficulties while fishing 35 miles off the coast of Seven Heads in West Cork and sought assistance. The lifeboat with a crew of seven volunteers were underway within minutes and headed to the scene of the casualty which was due south of the Old Head of Kinsale,
UNION Hall RNLI responded to its first call out on Thursday Nov 13th since becoming operational last September. Volunteers Anthony Walsh, Lee Miles and Tim Forde launched the B Class Atlantic 75 lifeboat at 12.03pm on Thursday. The lifeboat, ‘Maritime Nation’ was launched to aid two small leisure craft drifting aground at Mill Cove, Rosscarbery.
THE Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was called out at 11.25 this morning to go to the aid of a 35 ft Fishing Vessel that had encountered difficulties 31 miles south east of Courtmacsherry and just off the Kinsale Head Gas Field.
The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was called out at 12.36 this afternoon to go to the aid of a 46 ft Passenger Pleasure boat which encountered difficulties off Kinsale Harbour by Charles Fort. The Lifeboat with a crew of seven were underway immediately and together with the Kinsale RNLI Inshore Lifeboat reached the scene quickly.
KERRY Mountain Rescue Team in conjunction with Castletownbere Coast Guard, Castletownbere RNLI and Lehanmore Centre will attempt subject to the weather, to recreate the first ever cable car from Beara peninsula mainland to one of the islands on Saturday 6th September. This will provide an opportunity for a joint training exercise between the Kerry mountain rescue team and Castletownbere coast guard.
Pictured at the Union Hall and Glandore Charity swim and launch of the new RNLI boat in aid of the RNLI were Anthony Welsh, Johnny McKenna & Richard Browne. Pic: Emma Jervis
THE Shannon coastguard helicopter has airlifted two men to Cork University Hospital (CUH) following a boat capsize off the north shore of the Mizen Peninsula.
LIFEBOAT crew with Castletownbere RNLI launched yesterday (30 July 2014) to help a couple who had become injured when the 40 ft yacht they were sailing on, at Laurence’s Cove, got into difficultly. On arriving at the scene, the lifeboat crew had to board the vessel and treat the injured woman before bringing the couple to safety at Castletownbere harbour in Cork.
THE Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat has successfully completed its rescue of the Stricken 66 ft Belgium Yacht “Tom” that sought help at 3.20pm on Monday afternoon, 23-miles south east of Courtmacsherry Bay. The Lifeboat took the casualty in tow at 4.20pm and later berthed the large Schooner at the Courtmacsherry Pier. The yacht was on passage from Newlin in Cornwall to Ireland when it’s engines failed.
THE RNLI annual presentation of awards took place recently at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park. It was a special occasion as it also marked the 190th anniversary of the charity that saves lives at sea and on inland waters. The awards recognise fundraising and operational volunteers from across Ireland for their role in raising funds and awareness for the RNLI and in doing so supporting the volunteer lifeboat crews
A SIXTEEN year campaign for an inshore lifeboat at Union Hall, Co Cork has come to fruition with the arrival of the Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat. Village children lined the pier waving flags to herald the arrival of the D class lifeboat, which will become officially operational next month for a two year trial.
Rosari O’Neill of Eyeries sold teas, coffees and home made cakes at her house The Dursey Cottage on Dursey Island over the West Cork Islands Weekend and raised €706 for the RNLI. Here she is presenting Sheila O’Driscoll of Castletownbere RNLI with the cheque. Also in the picture is Anne Finch and coxswain Brian O’Driscoll. Pic: John Eagle