Menu

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

Schull looks to the sea

5th September 2008
2844 Views
Schull looks to the sea

SEASCAPES – SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2008

I find the world of cities and big towns increasingly artificial. I prefer coastal towns and villages, where the sense of life and what is important is influenced by the sea which laps the shores.  Coastal communities, generally, have a deep sense of self-support and dependence on their own resources. So I was impressed by the commitment of the people of Schull in setting-up their own lifeboat service.
Those who use the waters around Schull have the extra protection of an inshore rescue lifeboat for which 300,000 euro was raised in funding by local people. They bought the 21-foot boat and paid for the building of a boathouse and control room on land provided by the Office of Public Works at the rear of the Garda Station. The crew, including fishermen, also paid for their own training to Coast Guard standards. The service is recognised for emergency call-outs as part of the Coast Guard system, an impressive example of community commitment to the marine sphere.

 

Garda Sergeant Ger Prineville is Chairman of the Lifeboat Committee. He succeeded Tim O’Connor, Principal of Schull Community College, which has its own sailing school, training local pupils in watersports as part of the school curriculum. Tim is also one of the leading organisers of the annual Schull International Schools’ Regatta.


I was on the water with the lifeboat crew on a training exercise. Stephen O’Keeffe of the committee told me that everything in Schull was “of and about the sea”, so the service was a commitment to community welfare.
The boathouse and control room are impressive, a great example of regional, coastal people committed to the sea. The inshore rescue boat will augment the service from Baltimore RNLI Lifeboat Station a few miles away. Well done to the people of Schull.

Published in Editors Blog
Afloat.ie Team

About The Author

Afloat.ie Team

Email The Author

Afloat.ie is Ireland's dedicated marine journalism team.

Have you got a story for our reporters? Email us here.

We've got a favour to ask

More people are reading Afloat.ie than ever thanks to the power of the internet but we're in stormy seas because advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news sites, we haven’t put up a paywall because we want to keep our marine journalism open.

Afloat.ie is Ireland's only full–time marine journalism team and it takes time, money and hard work to produce our content.

So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

If everyone chipped in, we can enhance our coverage and our future would be more secure. You can help us through a small donation. Thank you.

Direct Donation to Afloat button

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

DBSC
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

mgm sidebutton
bjmarine sidebutton
xyachts sidebutton

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Events

tokyo sidebutton
sovscup sidebutton
vdlr sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating