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#Rowing: Gill McGirr and Eliza O’Reilly won gold at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Hazewinkel in Belgium today. The Fermoy girls brought Ireland’s gold medal tally to a remarkable three. They were big winners, beating Britain’s Lucy Pullinger and Frances Curtis by eight and a half seconds. Italy took the bronze.

 Earlier single sculler Georgia O’Brien and the men’s quadruple had taken gold.

Coupe de la Jeunesse, Hazewinkel, Day One (Irish interest)

Junior Men

Four – Heat One (First Three to A Final): 3 Ireland (A Johnston, R Corrigan, B Connolly, N Timoney) 6:23.78. A Final: 5 Ireland 6:27.89.

Quadruple – Heat One: 1 Ireland (B O’Flynn, M Dundon, J Keating, J Quinlan) 6:12.81. A Final: 1 Ireland 6:12.16, 2 Italy 6:14.58, 3 Britain 6:15.07.

Junior Women

Pair: Final: 1 Ireland (G McGirr, E O’Reilly) 7:48.50, 2 Britain 7:57.02, 3 Italy 8:00.26.

Single Sculls – Heat Two (First Three to A Final): 1 Ireland (G O’Brien) 8:10.17. A Final: 1 Ireland 8:09.83, 2 France 8:10.16, 3 Britain 8:14.57.  

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#Rowing: Georgia O’Brien of Kenmare took Ireland’s second gold of the day at the Coupe de la Jeunesse regatta in Hazewinkel in Belgium this afternoon. The single sculler had won her heat in the morning session and she did it again in the A Final in a slightly faster time, just pipping France’s Virginie Liot. Britain’s Jane Hardie took the bronze.

 Earlier, the Ireland junior men's quadruple had taken gold.

Coupe de la Jeunesse, Hazewinkel, Day One (Irish interest)

Junior Men

Four – Heat One (First Three to A Final): 3 Ireland (A Johnston, R Corrigan, B Connolly, N Timoney) 6:23.78. A Final: 5 Ireland 6:27.89.

Quadruple – Heat One: 1 Ireland (B O’Flynn, M Dundon, J Keating, J Quinlan) 6:12.81. A Final: 1 Ireland 6:12.16, 2 Italy 6:14.58, 3 Britain 6:15.07.

Junior Women

Single Sculls – Heat Two (First Three to A Final): 1 Ireland (G O’Brien) 8:10.17. A Final: 1 Ireland 8:09.83, 2 France 8:10.16, 3 Britain 8:14.57.  

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#Rowing: The Ireland junior men’s quadruple took a gold medal at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Hazewinkel today. Barry O’Flynn, Matt Dundon, Jack Keating and James Quinlan had 2.42 seconds to spare over second-placed Italy at the Belgium venue. Britain took the bronze medal.

Coupe de la Jeunesse, Hazewinkel, Day One (Irish interest)

Junior Men

Four – Heat One (First Three to A Final): 3 Ireland (A Johnston, R Corrigan, B Connolly, N Timoney) 6:23.78. A Final: 5 Ireland 6:27.89.

Quadruple – Heat One: 1 Ireland (B O’Flynn, M Dundon, J Keating, J Quinlan) 6:12.81. A Final: 1 Ireland 6:12.16, 2 Italy 6:14.58, 3 Britain 6:15.07.

Junior Women

Single Sculls – Heat Two (First Three to A Final): 1 Ireland (G O’Brien) 8:10.17.

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#Rowing: Ireland’s crew of Aaron Johnston, Ross Corrigan, Barry Connolly and Nathan Timoney finished fifth in the A Final of the men’s four at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Hazewinkel today. Britain, Switzerland and the Czech Republic took the gold, silver and bronze, with hosts Belgium fourth and Italy sixth.

 Ireland have three other crews in A Finals this afternoon.

Coupe de la Jeunesse, Hazewinkel, Day One (Irish interest)

Junior Men

Four – Heat One (First Three to A Final): 3 Ireland (A Johnston, R Corrigan, B Connolly, N Timoney) 6:23.78. A Final: 5 Ireland 6:27.89.

Quadruple – Heat One: 1 Ireland (B O’Flynn, M Dundon, J Keating, J Quinlan) 6:12.81

Junior Women

Single Sculls – Heat Two (First Three to A Final): 1 Ireland (G O’Brien) 8:10.17.

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#Rowing: All the Ireland crews at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Hazewinkel in Belgium will compete in A Finals after a very good set of results in this morning’s heats. 

The Ireland men’s quadruple and single sculler Georgia O’Brien won their heats. Italy and Britain took second and third behind the quad of Barry O’Flynn, Matt Dundon, Jack Keating and James Quinlan. Britain and France followed O’Brien in, securing their places in the final.

 In the men’s four, the Ireland crew of Aaron Johnston, Ross Corrigan, Barry Connolly and Nathan Timoney took third to secure qualification. They had a good second 1,000 metres. In the final 500 they went from fifth to third and beat France and Poland in the battle for an A Final spot.

 The Ireland women’s pair of Eliza O’Reilly and Gill McGirr go into a straight A Final later, with six entries.

Coupe de la Jeunesse, Hazewinkel, Day One (Irish interest)

Junior Men

Four – Heat One (First Three to A Final): 3 Ireland (A Johnston, R Corrigan, B Connolly, N Timoney) 6:23.78.

Quadruple – Heat One: 1 Ireland (B O’Flynn, M Dundon, J Keating, J Quinlan) 6:12.81

Junior Women

Single Sculls – Heat Two (First Three to A Final): 1 Ireland (G O’Brien) 8:10.17.

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#Rowing: Georgia O’Brien has been chosen to represent Ireland at the Coupe de la Jeunesse. The Kenmare girl was added to the team, which will compete in Belgium on July 29th and 30th, after Cork Regatta. However, Rory Quinn and Oisin Clune, who had been in the mix for the Coupe de la Jeunesse team, were not chosen. They have been named in the team for the Home International Regatta in Scotland on July 22nd.

Junior Team selections 2017
The following junior teams have been selected to race at international regattas this coming summer.
Junior World Championships (Trakai, Lithuania, August 2-6)
JW2x
Margaret Cremen (Lee Rowing Club)
Aoife Casey (Skibbereen RC) Coach: Dan Buckley (Lee RC)
(Eleanor Casey, Skibbereen RC will travel with the crew as chaperone).
Coupe de la Jeunesse (Hazewinkel, Belgium, July 29-30)
JM4x-
Barry O'Flynn (Cork BC)
Matt Dundon (Clonmel RC)
Jack Keating (Carlow RC)
James Quinlan (Castleconnell BC) Coach: Ray Morrison (Fermoy RC) JW1x Georgia O' Brien (Kenmare) Coach: Ray Morrison (Fermoy RC)
JW2-
Ellie O' Reilly (Fermoy)
Gill McGirr (Fermoy) Coach: John Walsh (St Joseph's RC)
JM4-
Nathan Timoney (Enniskillen)
Barry Connolly (Cork BC)
Ross Corrigan (Enniskillen)
Aaron Johnston (Enniskillen) Coach: John Walsh (St Joseph's RC)
Home International (Strathclyde, Scotland, July 22)
Junior Women - Sweep Team
JW 4+
Siobhan Maxwell (Commercial)
Aishling Keogh (Commercial)
Mia Kovacs (Shandon)
Chelsey Minehane (Shandon)
Cox: Vicky Hanlon (Cork BC)
JW4-
Mia Jane Elliot (Enniskillen)
Zoe McCutcheon (Enniskillen)
Caitlyn Fee (Enniskillen)
Miriam Kelly (Enniskillen)
JW2-
Megan Tully (Shannon)
Megan Carmody (Shannon) Coach: Fran Keane (Presentation College RC)
*The JW Eight will be a combination of the 4+ and the 4-
Junior Men - Sweep Team
Olly O' Toole (Commercial)
Edward Meehan (Commercial)
Michael Lynch (Commercial)
Ewan Jarvis (Commercial)
Tom McKeon (SMRC)
Dylan O' Byrne (SMRC)
Odhran Donaghy (Enniskillen)
Jack Dorney (Shandon)
Calum MacRae (Methodist)
Alexander Wilson (Methodist)
Cox: Rory Farragher (Enniskillen) Coach: Stewart Davis (Lee RC)
Junior Women - Sculling Team
Cliodhna Nolan (Carlow RC)
Ciara Browne (Workmans)
Anna O'Sullivan (Fermoy RC)
Ciara Moynihan (Workmans)
Aoibhinn Keating (Skibbereen)
Ella Buckley (Lee Valley)
Ruth Carson (Bann) Coach: Amy Phelan (Colaiste Iognaid)
Junior Men - Sculling Team
Aaron Christie (Bann)
Tadhg McKnight (Three Castles)
Andy O' Toole (Carlow)
Ross O' Brien (Carlow)
Alex Byrne (Shandon BC)
Rory Quinn (Three Castles)
Oisin Clune (Three Castles) Coach: TBC
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#Rowing: Margaret Cremen and Aoife Casey have been chosen to represent Ireland at the World Junior Championships in August in Lithuania. The junior double, which took silver at the European Junior Rowing Championships in Germany last month, tops the list of selections for the big events for underage rowers.

Four crews have been chosen for the Coupe de la Jeunesse (one, the junior men’s double provisional on their performance at Cork Regatta). A big junior team has also been named for the Home Internationals, which will be held in Scotland in July.

 

Junior Team Selections 2017
The following junior teams have been selected to race at international regattas this coming summer. This list will be finalised after Cork Regatta. (Details can be found at the end of this document).
Junior World Championships (Trakai, Lithuania, August 2-6)
JW2x
Margaret Cremen (Lee Rowing Club)
Aoife Casey (Skibbereen RC) Coach: Dan Buckley (Lee RC)
(Eleanor Casey, Skibbereen RC will travel with the crew as chaperone).
Coupe de la Jeunesse (Hazewinkel, Belgium, July 29-30)
JM4x-
Barry O'Flynn (Cork BC)
Matt Dundon (Clonmel RC)
Jack Keating (Carlow RC)
James Quinlan (Castleconnell BC) Coach: Ray Morrison (Fermoy RC)
JM2x (Provisional based on performance at Cork Regatta)
Oisin Clune (Three Castles)
Rory Quinn (Three Castles)
JW2-
Ellie O' Reilly (Fermoy)
Gill McGirr (Fermoy) Coach: John Walsh (St Joseph's RC)
JM4-
Nathan Timoney (Enniskillen)
Barry Connolly (Cork BC)
Ross Corrigan (Enniskillen)
Aaron Johnston (Enniskillen) Coach: John Walsh (St Joseph's RC)
Home International (Strathclyde, Scotland, July 22)
Junior Women - Sweep Team (Full Team) JW 4+
Siobhan Maxwell (Commercial) Aishling Keogh (Commercial) Mia Kovacs (Shandon)
Chelsey Minehane (Shandon) Cox: Vicky Hanlon (Cork BC)
JW4-
Mia Jane Elliot (Enniskillen) Zoe McCutcheon (Enniskillen) Caitlyn Fee (Enniskillen) Miriam Kelly (Enniskillen)
JW2-
Megan Tully (Shannon)
Megan Carmody (Shannon)
*The JW Eight will be a combination of the 4+ and the 4-
Junior Men - Sweep Team (One pair will be added after Cork Regatta)
Coach: Fran Keane (Presentation College RC)
Olly O' Toole (Commercial) Edward Meehan (Commercial) Michael Lynch (Commercial) Ewan Jarvis (Commercial) Tom McKeon (SMRC)
Dylan O' Byrne (SMRC)
Odhran Donaghy (Enniskillen) Cox: Rory Farragher (Enniskillen)
Coach: Stewart Davis (Lee RC)
Junior Women - Sculling Team (There will be two names added after Cork Regatta)
Cliodhna Nolan (Carlow RC)
Georgia O'Brien (Kenmare)
Ciara Browne (Workmans)
Anna O'Sullivan (Fermoy RC)
Ciara Moynihan (Workmans) Coach: TBC
Junior Men - Sculling Team (There may be two names added after Cork Regatta)
Aaron Christie (Bann)
Tadhg McKnight (Three Castles) Alex Byrne (Shandon BC)
Andy O'Toole (Carlow RC)
Ross O'Brien (Carlow RC) Coach: TBC
*All selections are subject to continued performance and a willingness to partake in organised squad sessions and training camps as deemed necessary.
CORK CITY REGATTA:
Any person who is not pre-selected on this document, and who wishes to be considered for the remaining Home International places on the Men's Sculling and Sweep teams and Women's sculling team, are asked to enter JUNIOR 18 A (Div.1) 1x or 2- at Cork City regatta (June 24/25).
The highest ranked 1x or 2- from the finals will be considered to fill these positions. If no boat makes final A, B or C then the fastest times from the heats will be used. (i.e. Grand league and trial format).
Coaches must email their athletes intention to race to [email protected] (Sweep) or to [email protected] (Sculling) by 14/06/2017 and also to submit their most recent 2k erg score.
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#Rowing: Ireland took two medals on the second day of the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Poznan, Poland today. The Ireland pair of Tara Hanlon and Amy Mason rowed to a fine second place behind Britain, putting pressure on the long-time leaders coming up to the line. The junior quadruple of Lucy Taylor, Hannah Scott, Fiona Chestnutt and Margaret Cremen took bronze in their final. They were fourth until halfway, but put in a fine second 1,000 metres, taking over a clear third as Italy faded back. Switzerland took gold ahead of Britain.

 The junior men’s four finished second in their B Final, and the junior men’s quad were 4th in theirs, one place ahead of the Netherlands.  

Coupe de la Jeunesse, Poznan, Poland (Irish interest; selected results)

Day Two

Men

Junior Four  - Heat One (First Three to A Final; rest to B Final): 4 Ireland 6:51.55. B Final: 2 Ireland 6:52.17.

Junior Quadruple: Heat Two (First Three to A Final; rest to B Final): 5 Ireland 6:38.47. B Final: 4 Ireland 6:35.36.

Women

Junior Pair (First Three to A Final): 1 Britain 8:03.61, 2 Ireland 8:07.85. A Final: 1 Britain 7:41.82, 2 Ireland 7:43.34, 3 Belgium 7:48.62.

Junior Quadruple (First Three to A Final; rest to B Final): 1 Ireland 7:07.21. A Final: 1 Swit 6:54.88, 2 Britain 6:56.01, 3 Ireland 6:58.11.

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#Rowing: The Ireland junior women’s quadruple won their heat to take their place in the A Final of the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Poznan, Poland, this morning. The crew of Lucy Taylor, Fiona Chestnutt, Hannah Scott and Margaret Cremen had over a second to spare over second-placed Italy. The junior women’s pair of Tara Hanlon and Amy Mason also had an encouraging second place in their heat.

 The junior men’s four are bound for the B Final. They held a clear third at 1500 metres but France passed them and took the final qualification place. The junior men’s quadruple finished fifth in their heat.

Coupe de la Jeunesse, Poznan, Poland (Irish interest; selected results)

Day Two

Men

Junior Four  - Heat One (First Three to A Final; rest to B Final): 4 Ireland 6:51.55.

Junior Quadruple: Heat Two (First Three to A Final; rest to B Final): 5 Ireland 6:38.47.

Women

Junior Quadruple (First Three to A Final; rest to B Final): 1 Ireland 7:07.21.

Junior Pair (First Three to A Final): 1 Britain 8:03.61, 2 Ireland 8:07.85.

 

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#Rowing: Ireland crews placed fifth in two A Finals at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Poznan, Poland. The women’s quadruple were involved in a battle for the second to fifth places with Switzerland, Hungary and Britain, but missed out in the drive for the line. The pair of Tara Hanlon and Amy Mason were well in the hunt early on. But in the cross-tail conditions they had steering problems in the final third of the race and faded back from second at half way to be out of the medal placings at the finish.

 The junior men’s four and quadruple were second and fourth in their B Finals.

 All the crews get another chance in heats and finals tomorrow, Sunday.

Coupe de la Jeunesse, Poznan, Poland – (Irish interest; selected results)

Day One

Men

Four – Heat One (First Three to A Final; rest to B Final): 4 Ireland (A Johnston, S Armstrong, R Corrigan, P Kennelly): 6:34.59. B Final: 2 Ireland 6:33.78.

Quadruple – Heat Two (First Three to A Final; rest to B Final): 5 Ireland (N Beggan, B O’Flynn, B Connolly, S O’Sullivan) 6:35.70. B Final: 4 Ireland 6:24.39.

Women

Pair – Heat Two – 2 Ireland (A Mason, T Hanlon). A Final: 5 Ireland 7:43.76.

Quadruple – Heat Two (First Three to A Final; rest to B Final): 1 Britain 6:49.66, 2 Ireland (L Taylor, F Chestnutt, H Scott, M Cremen) 6:54.22. A Final: 5 Ireland 6:47.32.

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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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