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#Rowing: On a morning of clear victories, David Higgins of Presentation Boat Club, Cork, had to battle to see off Luke Hayes-Nally of Shandon to take the Club Singles title at the National Rowing Centre.

The other wins in the Saturday morning session of the Irish Rowing Championships followed the pattern of one crew gaining an early lead and winning well. Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll in the pair; NUIG in the women’s novice eight; Enniskillen in the men’s junior coxed four and Cork Boat Club’s Lisa Dilleen and Chloe Mehigan in the women’s intermediate double all came home well clear of the field.

Hannah Scott made her move so early that she had three-quarters of the junior single sculls final as clear leader. Margaret Cremen held off Aoife Casey for second.

The men’s intermediate eight final was a UCD affair – their A crew beat their B crew in a tight finish.

Irish Rowing Championships, Day Two (Selected Results)

Men

Eight – Intermediate: UCD 5:50.02.

Four – Junior, coxed: Enniskillen 6:22.94.

Pair – Senior: Skibbereen 6:59.69.

Sculling, Single – Club: Cork (D Higgins) 7:26.59.

Women

Eight – Novice: NUIG 6:38.95.

Sculling, Double – Intermediate: Cork 7:09.95.

Single – Junior: Bann (H Scott) 7:41.22.

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# ROWING: The Cork Boat Club four of John Paul Collins, Stephen Carroll, Colm Dowling and Shane Mac Eoin put in a good challenge in the second round of the Wyfold Cup but could not overcome Rob Roy from Cambridge at Henley Royal Regatta. The English crew led by half a length at the quarter mile and held off Cork’s pushes to extend their lead.

Colin Williamson of Queen’s University lost to El Salvador’s Roberto Lopez in the Diamond Sculls. Lopez powered away from Williamson early on and did not yield up the advantage.

Henley Royal Regatta, Day Two (Irish interest)

Wyfold Cup (Fours, Club): Rob Roy bt Cork BC 4¼ l, 7:53

Diamond Sculls (Single Sculls, Open): R Lopez (El Salvador) bt C Williamson (Queen’s University) easily, 9:00

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ROWING: Cork Boat Club won the Denis McSweeney trophy at the Cork Head of the River at the Marina in Cork today, as the club’s senior eight was the fastest on the day. The gusting wind, particularly at the finish, made for sometimes difficult conditions and some crews spent time in the water.

Bow Number Club Category Stroke Time Winners
336 Ahkista mens coastal 4X+ 17:01.5 Fastest mens coastal 4X+ of 1
158 Lee RC mens intermediate I 1X O'Connell 15:03.7 Fastest mens intermediate I 1X of 11
288 U.C.C. RC mens intermediate I 1X O Leary 15:07.8
249 Shandon BC mens intermediate I 1X Horgan 15:13.6
174 Lee RC mens intermediate I 1X Looney 15:25.9
181 Lee RC mens intermediate I 1X O'Sullivan 15:29.2
297 U.C.C. RC mens intermediate I 1X Lingwood 15:30.0
278 U.C.C. RC mens intermediate I 1X O Leary 15:43.5
120 Graiguenamanagh BC mens intermediate I 1X Ryan 16:09.2
273 U.C.C. RC mens intermediate I 1X O Leary 16:12.3
291 U.C.C. RC mens intermediate I 1X Lingwood 16:14.0
293 U.C.C. RC mens intermediate I 1X Lingwood 16:24.4
285 U.C.C. RC mens intermediate I 2‐ D 14:30.1 Fastest mens intermediate I 2‐ of 7
298 U.C.D. BC mens intermediate I 2‐ 14:44.2
214 Shandon BC mens intermediate I 2‐ 14:57.6
238 Shandon BC mens intermediate I 2‐ B 15:02.2
275 U.C.C. RC mens intermediate I 2‐ B 15:31.2
270 U.C.C. RC mens intermediate I 2‐ 15:43.8
91 Fermoy RC mens intermediate I 2X 14:17.8 Fastest mens intermediate I 2X of 4
10 Cappoquin RC mens intermediate I 2X 14:53.2
115 Graiguenamanagh BC mens intermediate I 2X 15:15.7
299 U.C.D. BC mens intermediate I 4+ 13:33.7 Fastest mens intermediate I 4+ of 2
1 Athlunkard BC mens intermediate I 4+ 15:04.2
305 U.C.D. BC mens intermediate I 8+ B 12:36.2 Fastest mens intermediate I 8+ of 3
300 U.C.D. BC mens intermediate I 8+ 12:45.7
197 Muckross RC mens intermediate I 8+ B 14:30.5
52 Cork BC mens J14 4X+ 15:19.9 Fastest mens J14 4X+ of 9
160 Lee RC mens J14 4X+ B 16:40.2
140 Lee RC mens J14 4X+ 16:54.5
113 Fermoy RC mens J14 4X+ C 17:17.2
106 Fermoy RC mens J14 4X+ B 18:30.0
77 Cork BC mens J14 4X+ B 18:35.9
215 Shandon BC mens J14 4X+ 18:56.1
83 Cork BC mens J14 4X+ C 20:46.1
92 Fermoy RC mens J14 4X+ 21:38.5
35 Clonmel RC mens J15 1X Lonergan) 16:29.9 Fastest mens J15 1X of 10
211 Presentation College RC mens J15 1X Mc Carthy 16:54.4
136 Killorglin RC mens J15 1X Dee 17:12.9
206 Presentation College RC mens J15 1X Cregan 17:31.9
213 Presentation College RC mens J15 1X O Connell 17:42.6
325 Waterford BC mens J15 1X Goff 17:47.7
247 Shandon BC mens J15 1X Hennessy 18:06.0
170 Lee RC mens J15 1X Deasy 18:18.4
152 Lee RC mens J15 1X Breen 18:52.9
198 Presentation College RC mens J15 4X+ 14:33.8 Fastest mens J15 4X+ of 14
207 Presentation College RC mens J15 4X+ B 14:47.9
131 Killorglin RC mens J15 4X+ 15:14.5
258 Skibbereen RC mens J15 4X+ 15:24.1
216 Shandon BC mens J15 4X+ 15:33.6
21 Clonmel RC mens J15 4X+ 15:36.0
53 Cork BC mens J15 4X+ 15:40.7
107 Fermoy RC mens J15 4X+ B 15:44.0
193 Muckross RC mens J15 4X+ 16:06.0
78 Cork BC mens J15 4X+ B 16:18.9
116 Graiguenamanagh BC mens J15 4X+ 16:24.1
44 Colaiste Chiarain RC mens J15 4X+ 17:13.6
84 Cork BC mens J15 4X+ C 17:13.8
36 Clonmel RC mens J15 4X+ B 17:16.4
22 Clonmel RC mens J15 8+ 14:13.2 Fastest mens J15 8+ of 2
54 Cork BC mens J15 8+ 14:33.3
265 Skibbereen RC mens J16 1X Seymour 15:29.2 Fastest mens J16 1X of 20
85 Cork BC mens J16 1X Murphy 15:39.7
155 Lee RC mens J16 1X Mc Carthy 15:45.7
89 Cork BC mens J16 1X Stone 15:46.9
232 Shandon BC mens J16 1X Hennessy 15:58.5
178 Lee RC mens J16 1X Larkin 15:59.3
167 Lee RC mens J16 1X Coates 16:07.8
50 Colaiste Chiarain RC mens J16 1X Malone 16:10.5
268 Skibbereen RC mens J16 1X Keating 16:11.2
183 Lee RC mens J16 1X Kearney 16:12.9
40 Clonmel RC mens J16 1X O Brien 16:46.6
188 Lee RC mens J16 1X Synnott 16:55.2
137 Killorglin RC mens J16 1X O'Connor 17:00.1
189 Lee RC mens J16 1X Nagle 17:18.8
75 Cork BC mens J16 1X Murray 17:20.3
186 Lee RC mens J16 1X Tyner 17:36.8
13 Cappoquin RC mens J16 1X Povey 20:43.5
269 Skibbereen RC mens J16 1X Walsh failed to finish
141 Lee RC mens J16 2X 14:30.3 Fastest mens J16 2X of 11
259 Skibbereen RC mens J16 2X 15:02.1
208 Presentation College RC mens J16 2X B 15:06.4
23 Clonmel RC mens J16 2X 15:09.0
200 Presentation College RC mens J16 2X 15:43.1
2 Athlunkard BC mens J16 2X 16:16.4
132 Killorglin RC mens J16 2X 16:19.2
217 Shandon BC mens J16 2X 18:29.0
94 Fermoy RC mens J16 2X 19:09.8
212 Presentation College RC mens J16 2X C 19:41.5
46 Colaiste Chiarain RC mens J16 2X failed to finish
56 Cork BC mens J16 4X+ 13:33.1 Fastest mens J16 4X+ of 9
142 Lee RC mens J16 4X+ 13:36.1
201 Presentation College RC mens J16 4X+ 13:52.0
162 Lee RC mens J16 4X+ B 14:09.2
24 Clonmel RC mens J16 4X+ 14:12.2
3 Athlunkard BC mens J16 4X+ 15:34.2
260 Skibbereen RC mens J16 4X+ 16:16.5
194 Muckross RC mens J16 4X+ 17:00.4
25 Clonmel RC mens J16 8+ 13:28.0 Fastest mens J16 8+ of 4
202 Presentation College RC mens J16 8+ 13:29.2
219 Shandon BC mens J16 8+ 14:35.9
57 Cork BC mens J16 8+ 15:20.0
246 Shandon BC mens J18A 1X Harrington 14:49.9 Fastest mens J18A 1X of 15
184 Lee RC mens J18A 1X Mitchell 15:06.9
185 Lee RC mens J18A 1X Buckley 15:13.6
177 Lee RC mens J18A 1X Breen 15:51.1
187 Lee RC mens J18A 1X Crowley 15:52.2
39 Clonmel RC mens J18A 1X Murphy 16:01.0
123 Graiguenamanagh BC mens J18A 1X Murphy 16:13.2
42 Clonmel RC mens J18A 1X Mc Kenna 16:29.3
33 Clonmel RC mens J18A 1X Allen 16:37.3
126 Graiguenamanagh BC mens J18A 1X Duffy 16:48.4
324 Waterford BC mens J18A 1X Corrigan 16:49.0
128 Graiguenamanagh BC mens J18A 1X Schone 17:05.8
329 Waterford BC mens J18A 1X Konan 17:22.9
153 Lee RC mens J18A 1X Collins 17:28.1
104 Fermoy RC mens J18A 1X Fisher 18:09.4
337 Presentation College RC mens J18A 2‐ 14:19.6 Fastest mens J18A 2‐ of 2
220 Shandon BC mens J18A 2‐ failed to finish
175 Lee RC mens J18A 2X C 13:31.4 Fastest mens J18A 2X of 9
163 Lee RC mens J18A 2X B 13:59.0
182 Lee RC mens J18A 2X D 14:04.9
117 Graiguenamanagh BC mens J18A 2X 14:38.1
26 Clonmel RC mens J18A 2X 14:45.6
203 Presentation College RC mens J18A 2X 15:04.6
221 Shandon BC mens J18A 2X 15:30.4
209 Presentation College RC mens J18A 2X B 16:03.7
45 Colaiste Chiarain RC mens J18A 2X 16:07.3
204 Presentation College RC mens J18A 4+ 13:51.3 Fastest mens J18A 4+ of 3
108 Fermoy RC mens J18A 4+ B 15:33.5
95 Fermoy RC mens J18A 4+ 18:29.0
205 Presentation College RC mens J18A 4X‐ 12:39.3 Fastest mens J18A 4X‐ of 6
164 Lee RC mens J18A 4X‐ B 12:53.7
176 Lee RC mens J18A 4X‐ C 13:02.7
210 Presentation College RC mens J18A 4X‐ B 13:21.4
222 Shandon BC mens J18A 4X‐ 14:36.6
144 Lee RC mens J18A 4X‐ 16:07.3
59 Cork BC mens J18A 8+ 12:58.9 Fastest mens J18A 8+ of 3
96 Fermoy RC mens J18A 8+ 13:51.2
47 Colaiste Chiarain RC mens J18A 8+ 14:54.3
253 Shandon BC mens masters 1X O'Flynn (a 33) 15:35.4 Fastest mens masters 1X of 6
235 Shandon BC mens masters 1X Griew (d 51) 15:43.4
31 Clonmel RC mens masters 1X Kinsella c 48 16:07.0
243 Shandon BC mens masters 1X Alcock (a 35) 17:14.8
330 Waterford BC mens masters 1X Purcell (d 53) 18:22.6
326 Waterford BC mens masters 1X Mc Carthy (a 33) 19:53.3
257 Shandon BC mens masters 2‐ 15:16.1 Fastest mens masters 2‐ of 1
321 Waterford BC mens masters 4+ c 172 15:59.7 Fastest mens masters 4+ of 2
327 Waterford BC mens masters 4+ c 192 16:21.4
322 Waterford BC mens masters 8+ c 353 14:56.8 Fastest mens masters 8+ of 2
20 Castleconnell BC mens masters 8+ e 455 15:33.5
302 U.C.D. BC mens novice 1X Tracey 15:26.2 Fastest mens novice 1X of 11
32 Clonmel RC mens novice 1X Murphy 15:53.8
171 Lee RC mens novice 1X Foley 16:08.6
317 Waterford BC mens novice 1X Corrigan 16:14.4
14 Cappoquin RC mens novice 1X Hennessy 16:27.6
17 Cappoquin RC mens novice 1X Landers 16:29.9
18 Cappoquin RC mens novice 1X Povey 16:38.4
256 Shandon BC mens novice 1X Cronje 16:40.2
154 Lee RC mens novice 1X Keogh 16:43.8
19 Cappoquin RC mens novice 1X Moloney 18:59.0
254 Shandon BC mens novice 1X Smith failed to finish
60 Cork BC mens novice 4+ 14:56.6 Fastest mens novice 4+ of 1
4 Athlunkard BC mens novice 4X+ 14:49.4 Fastest mens novice 4X+ of 3
223 Shandon BC mens novice 4X+ 16:07.8
240 Shandon BC mens novice 4X+ B 16:08.7
301 U.C.D. BC mens novice 8+ 12:40.5 Fastest mens novice 8+ of 8
306 U.C.D. BC mens novice 8+ B 12:50.8
286 U.C.C. RC mens novice 8+ D 13:05.7
309 U.C.D. BC mens novice 8+ D 13:33.6
5 Athlunkard BC mens novice 8+ 13:35.5
271 U.C.C. RC mens novice 8+ 14:10.5
308 U.C.D. BC mens novice 8+ C 14:17.5
276 U.C.C. RC mens novice 8+ B 14:57.9
289 U.C.C. RC mens senior 1X Whooley 14:25.6 Fastest mens senior 1X of 4
279 U.C.C. RC mens senior 1X Whooley 14:59.4
274 U.C.C. RC mens senior 1X Whooley 15:07.1
250 Shandon BC mens senior 1X Horgan failed to finish
79 Cork BC mens senior 4‐ B 13:05.4 Fastest mens senior 4‐ of 1
62 Cork BC mens senior 4X‐ 31:47.5 Fastest mens senior 4X‐ of 1
63 Cork BC mens senior 8+ 11:48.5 Fastest mens senior 8+ of 1
339 Lee RC Mixed Masters 4x+ 20:33.3 Fastest Mixed Masters 4x+ of 1
333 Ahkista womens coastal 2x B 18:27.2 Fastest womens coastal 2x of 2
332 Ahkista womens coastal 2x A 18:40.8
331 Ahkista womens coastal 4X+ 18:26.7 Fastest womens coastal 4X+ of 1
244 Shandon BC womens intermediate I 1X Corcoran‐ O'Hare 16:30.6 Fastest womens intermediate I 1X of 1
287 U.C.C. RC womens intermediate I 4+ D 15:44.6 Fastest womens intermediate I 4+ of 3
272 U.C.C. RC womens intermediate I 4+ 17:10.5
277 U.C.C. RC womens intermediate I 4+ B 18:13.2
261 Skibbereen RC womens J14 4X+ 16:39.5 Fastest womens J14 4X+ of 5
146 Lee RC womens J14 4X+ 17:15.5
266 Skibbereen RC womens J14 4X+ B 17:41.2
224 Shandon BC womens J14 4X+ 20:20.3
168 Lee RC womens J15 1X Cummins 18:17.4 Fastest womens J15 1X of 3
122 Graiguenamanagh BC womens J15 1X Walsh 18:37.8
262 Skibbereen RC womens J15 4X+ 15:45.5 Fastest womens J15 4X+ of 6
133 Killorglin RC womens J15 4X+ 16:50.3
241 Shandon BC womens J15 4X+ B 17:16.3
225 Shandon BC womens J15 4X+ 17:27.3
267 Skibbereen RC womens J15 4X+ B 17:28.2
98 Fermoy RC womens J15 4X+ 19:15.5
226 Shandon BC womens J15 8X+ 20:00.0 Fastest womens J15 8X+ of 1
112 Fermoy RC womens J16 1X Sohun 17:17.5 Fastest womens J16 1X of 9
179 Lee RC womens J16 1X Mc Grath 17:43.4
114 Fermoy RC womens J16 1X Ryan 17:49.0
81 Cork BC womens J16 1X Luke 18:06.8
157 Lee RC womens J16 1X O' Callaghan 18:30.9
76 Cork BC womens J16 1X O'Connell 18:53.0
105 Fermoy RC womens J16 1X Fitzgerald 19:43.5
88 Cork BC womens J16 1X O'Sullivan 21:34.7
134 Killorglin RC womens J16 2X 16:15.9 Fastest womens J16 2X of 11
263 Skibbereen RC womens J16 2X 16:16.9
110 Fermoy RC womens J16 2X B 16:25.7
51 Colaiste Chiarain RC womens J16 2X 16:30.6
148 Lee RC womens J16 2X 16:41.9
124 Graiguenamanagh BC womens J16 2X B 16:56.8
118 Graiguenamanagh BC womens J16 2X 16:58.3
227 Shandon BC womens J16 2X 17:23.2
99 Fermoy RC womens J16 2X 17:24.2
64 Cork BC womens J16 2X 19:09.6
48 Colaiste Chiarain RC womens J16 2X 19:46.5
65 Cork BC womens J16 4X+ 15:09.7 Fastest womens J16 4X+ of 5
100 Fermoy RC womens J16 4X+ 15:46.4
49 Colaiste Chiarain RC womens J16 4X+ 16:29.1
228 Shandon BC womens J16 4X+ 17:21.7
27 Clonmel RC womens J16 4X+ 17:42.6
8 Athlunkard BC womens J18A 1X Green 16:52.3 Fastest womens J18A 1X of 5
236 Shandon BC womens J18A 1X Lingwood 17:10.8
74 Cork BC womens J18A 1X Devine 17:59.6
82 Cork BC womens J18A 1X Power 18:07.2
121 Graiguenamanagh BC womens J18A 1X Ryan 18:56.3
230 Shandon BC womens J18A 2X 15:24.2 Fastest womens J18A 2X of 12
166 Lee RC womens J18A 2X B 16:29.8
119 Graiguenamanagh BC womens J18A 2X 16:35.5
28 Clonmel RC womens J18A 2X 16:44.1
242 Shandon BC womens J18A 2X B 16:45.1
127 Graiguenamanagh BC womens J18A 2X C 16:45.5
125 Graiguenamanagh BC womens J18A 2X B 17:00.9
37 Clonmel RC womens J18A 2X B 17:09.8
66 Cork BC womens J18A 2X 17:17.8
11 Cappoquin RC womens J18A 2X 17:43.5
150 Lee RC womens J18A 2X 18:30.9
252 Shandon BC womens J18A 2X C 20:58.2
231 Shandon BC womens J18A 4X‐ 13:53.6 Fastest womens J18A 4X‐ of 4
135 Killorglin RC womens J18A 4X‐ 16:06.3
111 Fermoy RC womens J18A 4X‐ B 16:35.6
102 Fermoy RC womens J18A 4X‐ 16:36.0
29 Clonmel RC womens J18A 8+ 15:19.8 Fastest womens J18A 8+ of 1
338 Lee RC Womens Masters 2x 16:34.6 Fastest Womens Masters 2x of 1
156 Lee RC womens novice 1X Mc Grath 17:34.3 Fastest womens novice 1X of 3
180 Lee RC womens novice 1X O' Brien 18:35.6
248 Shandon BC womens novice 1X Holland 19:46.4
310 University of Limerick RC womens novice 4+ 15:19.5 Fastest womens novice 4+ of 1
67 Cork BC womens novice 4X+ 15:28.9 Fastest womens novice 4X+ of 9
6 Athlunkard BC womens novice 4X+ 15:44.4
16 Cappoquin RC womens novice 4X+ B 15:49.2
12 Cappoquin RC womens novice 4X+ 16:06.0
38 Clonmel RC womens novice 4X+ B 17:03.7
30 Clonmel RC womens novice 4X+ 17:05.3
9 Athlunkard BC womens novice 4X+ 17:25.9
151 Lee RC womens novice 4X+ 17:45.7
316 Waterford BC womens novice 4X+ 19:11.2
68 Cork BC womens novice 8+ 15:13.1 Fastest womens novice 8+ of 3
7 Athlunkard BC womens novice 8+ 15:14.8
312 University of Limerick RC womens novice 8+ 15:28.4
245 Shandon BC womens senior 1X Corcoran‐ O'Hare 16:06.8 Fastest womens senior 1X of 1
103 Fermoy RC womens senior 2X 16:20.8 Fastest womens senior 2X of 1
69 Cork BC womens senior 4‐ 15:00.8 Fastest womens senior 4‐ of 1
70 Cork BC womens senior 4X‐ 14:15.5 Fastest womens senior 4X‐ of 1
71 Cork BC womens senior 8+ 13:54.2 Fastest womens senior 8+ of 1
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The Irish Coast Guard

The Irish Coast Guard is Ireland's fourth 'Blue Light' service (along with An Garda Síochána, the Ambulance Service and the Fire Service). It provides a nationwide maritime emergency organisation as well as a variety of services to shipping and other government agencies.

The purpose of the Irish Coast Guard is to promote safety and security standards, and by doing so, prevent as far as possible, the loss of life at sea, and on inland waters, mountains and caves, and to provide effective emergency response services and to safeguard the quality of the marine environment.

The Irish Coast Guard has responsibility for Ireland's system of marine communications, surveillance and emergency management in Ireland's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and certain inland waterways.

It is responsible for the response to, and co-ordination of, maritime accidents which require search and rescue and counter-pollution and ship casualty operations. It also has responsibility for vessel traffic monitoring.

Operations in respect of maritime security, illegal drug trafficking, illegal migration and fisheries enforcement are co-ordinated by other bodies within the Irish Government.

On average, each year, the Irish Coast Guard is expected to:

  • handle 3,000 marine emergencies
  • assist 4,500 people and save about 200 lives
  • task Coast Guard helicopters on missions

The Coast Guard has been around in some form in Ireland since 1908.

Coast Guard helicopters

The Irish Coast Guard has contracted five medium-lift Sikorsky Search and Rescue helicopters deployed at bases in Dublin, Waterford, Shannon and Sligo.

The helicopters are designated wheels up from initial notification in 15 minutes during daylight hours and 45 minutes at night. One aircraft is fitted and its crew trained for under slung cargo operations up to 3000kgs and is available on short notice based at Waterford.

These aircraft respond to emergencies at sea, inland waterways, offshore islands and mountains of Ireland (32 counties).

They can also be used for assistance in flooding, major inland emergencies, intra-hospital transfers, pollution, and aerial surveillance during daylight hours, lifting and passenger operations and other operations as authorised by the Coast Guard within appropriate regulations.

Irish Coastguard FAQs

The Irish Coast Guard provides nationwide maritime emergency response, while also promoting safety and security standards. It aims to prevent the loss of life at sea, on inland waters, on mountains and in caves; and to safeguard the quality of the marine environment.

The main role of the Irish Coast Guard is to rescue people from danger at sea or on land, to organise immediate medical transport and to assist boats and ships within the country's jurisdiction. It has three marine rescue centres in Dublin, Malin Head, Co Donegal, and Valentia Island, Co Kerry. The Dublin National Maritime Operations centre provides marine search and rescue responses and coordinates the response to marine casualty incidents with the Irish exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Yes, effectively, it is the fourth "blue light" service. The Marine Rescue Sub-Centre (MRSC) Valentia is the contact point for the coastal area between Ballycotton, Co Cork and Clifden, Co Galway. At the same time, the MRSC Malin Head covers the area between Clifden and Lough Foyle. Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) Dublin covers Carlingford Lough, Co Louth to Ballycotton, Co Cork. Each MRCC/MRSC also broadcasts maritime safety information on VHF and MF radio, including navigational and gale warnings, shipping forecasts, local inshore forecasts, strong wind warnings and small craft warnings.

The Irish Coast Guard handles about 3,000 marine emergencies annually, and assists 4,500 people - saving an estimated 200 lives, according to the Department of Transport. In 2016, Irish Coast Guard helicopters completed 1,000 missions in a single year for the first time.

Yes, Irish Coast Guard helicopters evacuate medical patients from offshore islands to hospital on average about 100 times a year. In September 2017, the Department of Health announced that search and rescue pilots who work 24-hour duties would not be expected to perform any inter-hospital patient transfers. The Air Corps flies the Emergency Aeromedical Service, established in 2012 and using an AW139 twin-engine helicopter. Known by its call sign "Air Corps 112", it airlifted its 3,000th patient in autumn 2020.

The Irish Coast Guard works closely with the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency, which is responsible for the Northern Irish coast.

The Irish Coast Guard is a State-funded service, with both paid management personnel and volunteers, and is under the auspices of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. It is allocated approximately 74 million euro annually in funding, some 85 per cent of which pays for a helicopter contract that costs 60 million euro annually. The overall funding figure is "variable", an Oireachtas committee was told in 2019. Other significant expenditure items include volunteer training exercises, equipment, maintenance, renewal, and information technology.

The Irish Coast Guard has four search and rescue helicopter bases at Dublin, Waterford, Shannon and Sligo, run on a contract worth 50 million euro annually with an additional 10 million euro in costs by CHC Ireland. It provides five medium-lift Sikorsky S-92 helicopters and trained crew. The 44 Irish Coast Guard coastal units with 1,000 volunteers are classed as onshore search units, with 23 of the 44 units having rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) and 17 units having cliff rescue capability. The Irish Coast Guard has 60 buildings in total around the coast, and units have search vehicles fitted with blue lights, all-terrain vehicles or quads, first aid equipment, generators and area lighting, search equipment, marine radios, pyrotechnics and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Community Rescue Boats Ireland also provide lifeboats and crews to assist in search and rescue. The Irish Coast Guard works closely with the Garda Siochána, National Ambulance Service, Naval Service and Air Corps, Civil Defence, while fishing vessels, ships and other craft at sea offer assistance in search operations.

The helicopters are designated as airborne from initial notification in 15 minutes during daylight hours, and 45 minutes at night. The aircraft respond to emergencies at sea, on inland waterways, offshore islands and mountains and cover the 32 counties. They can also assist in flooding, major inland emergencies, intra-hospital transfers, pollution, and can transport offshore firefighters and ambulance teams. The Irish Coast Guard volunteers units are expected to achieve a 90 per cent response time of departing from the station house in ten minutes from notification during daylight and 20 minutes at night. They are also expected to achieve a 90 per cent response time to the scene of the incident in less than 60 minutes from notification by day and 75 minutes at night, subject to geographical limitations.

Units are managed by an officer-in-charge (three stripes on the uniform) and a deputy officer in charge (two stripes). Each team is trained in search skills, first aid, setting up helicopter landing sites and a range of maritime skills, while certain units are also trained in cliff rescue.

Volunteers receive an allowance for time spent on exercises and call-outs. What is the difference between the Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI? The RNLI is a registered charity which has been saving lives at sea since 1824, and runs a 24/7 volunteer lifeboat service around the British and Irish coasts. It is a declared asset of the British Maritime and Coast Guard Agency and the Irish Coast Guard. Community Rescue Boats Ireland is a community rescue network of volunteers under the auspices of Water Safety Ireland.

No, it does not charge for rescue and nor do the RNLI or Community Rescue Boats Ireland.

The marine rescue centres maintain 19 VHF voice and DSC radio sites around the Irish coastline and a digital paging system. There are two VHF repeater test sites, four MF radio sites and two NAVTEX transmitter sites. Does Ireland have a national search and rescue plan? The first national search and rescue plan was published in July, 2019. It establishes the national framework for the overall development, deployment and improvement of search and rescue services within the Irish Search and Rescue Region and to meet domestic and international commitments. The purpose of the national search and rescue plan is to promote a planned and nationally coordinated search and rescue response to persons in distress at sea, in the air or on land.

Yes, the Irish Coast Guard is responsible for responding to spills of oil and other hazardous substances with the Irish pollution responsibility zone, along with providing an effective response to marine casualties and monitoring or intervening in marine salvage operations. It provides and maintains a 24-hour marine pollution notification at the three marine rescue centres. It coordinates exercises and tests of national and local pollution response plans.

The first Irish Coast Guard volunteer to die on duty was Caitriona Lucas, a highly trained member of the Doolin Coast Guard unit, while assisting in a search for a missing man by the Kilkee unit in September 2016. Six months later, four Irish Coast Guard helicopter crew – Dara Fitzpatrick, Mark Duffy, Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith -died when their Sikorsky S-92 struck Blackrock island off the Mayo coast on March 14, 2017. The Dublin-based Rescue 116 crew were providing "top cover" or communications for a medical emergency off the west coast and had been approaching Blacksod to refuel. Up until the five fatalities, the Irish Coast Guard recorded that more than a million "man hours" had been spent on more than 30,000 rescue missions since 1991.

Several investigations were initiated into each incident. The Marine Casualty Investigation Board was critical of the Irish Coast Guard in its final report into the death of Caitriona Lucas, while a separate Health and Safety Authority investigation has been completed, but not published. The Air Accident Investigation Unit final report into the Rescue 116 helicopter crash has not yet been published.

The Irish Coast Guard in its present form dates back to 1991, when the Irish Marine Emergency Service was formed after a campaign initiated by Dr Joan McGinley to improve air/sea rescue services on the west Irish coast. Before Irish independence, the British Admiralty was responsible for a Coast Guard (formerly the Water Guard or Preventative Boat Service) dating back to 1809. The West Coast Search and Rescue Action Committee was initiated with a public meeting in Killybegs, Co Donegal, in 1988 and the group was so effective that a Government report was commissioned, which recommended setting up a new division of the Department of the Marine to run the Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (MRCC), then based at Shannon, along with the existing coast radio service, and coast and cliff rescue. A medium-range helicopter base was established at Shannon within two years. Initially, the base was served by the Air Corps.

The first director of what was then IMES was Capt Liam Kirwan, who had spent 20 years at sea and latterly worked with the Marine Survey Office. Capt Kirwan transformed a poorly funded voluntary coast and cliff rescue service into a trained network of cliff and sea rescue units – largely voluntary, but with paid management. The MRCC was relocated from Shannon to an IMES headquarters at the then Department of the Marine (now Department of Transport) in Leeson Lane, Dublin. The coast radio stations at Valentia, Co Kerry, and Malin Head, Co Donegal, became marine rescue-sub-centres.

The current director is Chris Reynolds, who has been in place since August 2007 and was formerly with the Naval Service. He has been seconded to the head of mission with the EUCAP Somalia - which has a mandate to enhance Somalia's maritime civilian law enforcement capacity – since January 2019.

  • Achill, Co. Mayo
  • Ardmore, Co. Waterford
  • Arklow, Co. Wicklow
  • Ballybunion, Co. Kerry
  • Ballycotton, Co. Cork
  • Ballyglass, Co. Mayo
  • Bonmahon, Co. Waterford
  • Bunbeg, Co. Donegal
  • Carnsore, Co. Wexford
  • Castlefreake, Co. Cork
  • Castletownbere, Co. Cork
  • Cleggan, Co. Galway
  • Clogherhead, Co. Louth
  • Costelloe Bay, Co. Galway
  • Courtown, Co. Wexford
  • Crosshaven, Co. Cork
  • Curracloe, Co. Wexford
  • Dingle, Co. Kerry
  • Doolin, Co. Clare
  • Drogheda, Co. Louth
  • Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
  • Dunmore East, Co. Waterford
  • Fethard, Co. Wexford
  • Glandore, Co. Cork
  • Glenderry, Co. Kerry
  • Goleen, Co. Cork
  • Greencastle, Co. Donegal
  • Greenore, Co. Louth
  • Greystones, Co. Wicklow
  • Guileen, Co. Cork
  • Howth, Co. Dublin
  • Kilkee, Co. Clare
  • Killala, Co. Mayo
  • Killybegs, Co. Donegal
  • Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford
  • Knightstown, Co. Kerry
  • Mulroy, Co. Donegal
  • North Aran, Co. Galway
  • Old Head Of Kinsale, Co. Cork
  • Oysterhaven, Co. Cork
  • Rosslare, Co. Wexford
  • Seven Heads, Co. Cork
  • Skerries, Co. Dublin Summercove, Co. Cork
  • Toe Head, Co. Cork
  • Tory Island, Co. Donegal
  • Tramore, Co. Waterford
  • Waterville, Co. Kerry
  • Westport, Co. Mayo
  • Wicklow
  • Youghal, Co. Cork

Sources: Department of Transport © Afloat 2020

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