Clogherhead Lifeboat personnel at Sunday’s appeal launch: Jim Kirk, Declan Levins, Barrry Sharkey, Derek Shevlin, James Kirk, Barbara Kirk, Lar Kirwan, Coxswain Tomas Whelehan.
The official launch of the Clogherhead €150,000 Shannon lifeboat appeal took place on the new Fiddle Case Pier at Drogheda Port on the final day of the Maritime Festival (Sunday 11 June).
Speaking at the launch on his last full day as Mayor of Drogheda Oliver Tully paid tribute to the Clogherhead lifeboat crew for their dedicated service over many years.
“When we hear of the RNLI going to sea we think of Clogherhead and we think of all the lives you have saved and your predecessors before you.
“I would like to thank you for the tremendous work that you do. It is the Clogherhead lifeboat but it is supported by everyone in the surrounding area.”
Clogherhead Lifeboat Management wish to thank Drogheda Port and Captain Martin Donnelly for the support received over the weekend and for the facilities provided to enable the fundraising campaign launch. We are grateful to the Mayor of Drogheda for attending the launch and for his kind words about the lifeboat station and the RNLI.
A special word of thanks to all of the volunteers for helping to make the Maritime Festival such a success for Clogherhead Lifeboat service.
The Shannon is the latest class of all-weather lifeboat in the RNLI fleet and the most technologically advanced. It is also the first class of RNLI lifeboat to be named after an Irish river, recognition of the role carried out by lifeboat volunteers in Ireland over the last 190 years.
The total cost of the new Shannon will be in the region of €2.5 million with the majority of the funding being provided through an Irish legacy. The charity is asking Clogherhead RNLI to raise €150,000 towards the cost of the project through a community appeal. The launch marks the official start of the appeal which the organisers hope will bring in the funds needed before the lifeboat is due to go on service in 2019.
Present at Sunday’s launch were Drogheda Mayor Oliver Tully, Drogheda Harbour Master Captain Martin Donnelly, Clogherhead RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Declan Levins, Chairman of Clogherhead Lifeboat RNLI Noel Phillips, Clogherhead RNLI Fundraising Chairperson Mary Hayes, Lifeboat Coxswain Tomas Whelehan, Lifeboat Press Officer Gerry Kelly, Lifeboat crew, station management and volunteer fundraisers.