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#Rowing: Spectators at the Garda Boat Club witnessed a rare sight for an Irish crowd - a competitor breaking six minutes for 2,000 metres on the ergometer. Neptune's Ben Behr Heyder set a time of 5:59.8 at the Leinster Indoor Rowing competition to rousing cheers. The six foot six German had an explosive start at a rate of over 50 strokes per minutes and then eased down and looked remarkably calm from there. It was is third time to break the six minute mark.

 Breanna Larsen of Garda Boat Club woas the fastest woman, with a new personal best of 7:05.9. Eimear Lambe of UCD was the fastest under-23 woman - she set a time of 7:11.1.

Leinster Indoor Rowing Competition, Garda Boat Club (Selected Results)

Men

Open: B Behr-Heyder 5:59.8. Under-23: F Mulligan 6:21.4. Under-23 Lightweight: N Beggan 6:40.8. Novice (1,000m): C Guilfoyle 3:00.6. Under-18: N Hull 6:28.4. Under-16: J Gibney 6:53.2. Masters 30: A Maher 6:23.5.

Women

Open: B Larsen 7:05.9. Under-23: E Lambe 7:11.1. Novice (1,000m): C Hawker 3:35.8. Under-18: C Feerick 7:22.1. Under-16: A Keogh 7:41.8.

Masters 30: M Ragget 8:24.4.

Published in Rowing

#DroghedaPort - Drogheda Port was the base of a major emergency planning exercise this morning (Thursday 27 October) as Garda units and other emergency services simulated a three-stage hostage scenario, as The Irish Times reports.

In the first stage, the Garda Water Unit aided armed response officers in boarding a vessel detected acting suspiciously. This was followed by a hostage-taking simulation on the dock, concluding with an armed assault on a port warehouse to free the hostages.

The operation, which was expected to conclude by lunchtime, was focused on evaluating the emergency response capabilities of relevant units and personnel.

Published in Drogheda Port

#Rowing: Portora took the men’s senior four and men’s senior pair at the Queen’s Regatta on Saturday at Castlewellan. Damien Kelly of Garda and Micheál Bailey of Neptune finished first and second in the men’s senior single. Commercial took the men’s club one eight and coxed fours. The host club took the women’s club one eight.

 

Event NameCrew nameRace PositionResult Points
Mens Senior 4-Portora1st 50
Mens Senior 4-QUBBC2nd -10
Mens Senior 2-Portora1st 50
Mens Senior 2-QUBBC A2nd -10
Mens Senior 2-QUBBC BDid not start 0
Mens Senior 2XSligo1st 50
Mens Senior 2XPortora2nd -10
Mens Senior 2XGardaDid not start 0
Mens Senior 1XGarda, Kelly, D1st 50
Mens Senior 1XNeptune, Bailey, M2nd -10
Mens Senior 1XQUBBC, Stitt, J3rd -10
Mens Senior 1XGarda, Allen, RDid not start 0
Mens Intermediate 2-Commercial1st 50
Mens Intermediate 2-Belfast RC A2nd -10
Mens Intermediate 2-Belfast RC B3rd -10
Mens Intermediate 2-CGS4th -10
Mens Intermediate 1XBelfast BC, Mitchell, D1st 50
Mens Intermediate 1XQUBBC, Martin, P2nd -10
Mens Intermediate 1XC of Derry, D'Urso, G3rd -10
Mens Intermediate 1XQUBBC, Stitt, J4th -10
Mens Intermediate 1XGarda, Allen, RDid not start 0
Mens Intermediate 1XGarda, Maceoin, DDid not start 0
Mens Intermediate 1XPortadown, Laivins, ADid not start 0
Mens Intermediate 1XQUBBC, Taylor, RDid not start 0
Mens Club 1 8+Commercial1st 50
Mens Club 1 8+QUBBC2nd -10
Mens Club 1 4+Commercial1st 50
Mens Club 1 4+Belfast RC2nd -10
Mens Club 1 4+QUBBC A3rd -10
Mens Club 1 4+CGS4th -10
Mens Club 1 4+QUBBC B5th -10
Mens Club 1 4+Methodist6th -10
Mens Club 1 4X-QUBBC B1st 50
Mens Club 1 4X-Sligo2nd -10
Mens Club 1 4X-QUBBC ADid not start 0
Mens Club 1 2XSligo1st 50
Mens Club 1 2XGarda B2nd -10
Mens Club 1 2XQUBBC A3rd -10
Mens Club 1 2XQUBBC C4th -10
Mens Club 1 2XQUBBC B5th -10
Mens Club 1 2XBlackrock6th -10
Mens Club 1 2XCommercialCompeted -10
Mens Club 1 2XQUBBC DCompeted -10
Mens Club 1 2XRBAICompeted -10
Mens Club 1 2XGarda ADid not start 0
Mens Club 1 1XBelfast BC, Mitchell, D1st 50
Mens Club 1 1XGarda, Maceoin, D2nd -10
Mens Club 1 1XQUBBC, McNamee, M3rd -10
Mens Club 1 1XCommercial, Connolly, S4th -10
Mens Club 1 1XC of Derry, D'Urso, G5th -10
Mens Club 1 1XBlackrock, Riordan, P6th -10
Mens Club 1 1XBlackrock, Drennan, DCompeted -10
Mens Club 1 1XCommercial, Fowler, PCompeted -10
Mens Club 1 1XQUBBC, Foster, CCompeted -10
Mens Club 1 1XQUBBC, Holden, PCompeted -10
Mens Club 1 1XQUBBC, Stitt, JCompeted -10
Mens Club 1 1XPortadown, Laivins, ADid not start 0
Mens Club 1 1XSligo, Patterson, GDid not start 0
Mens Club 2 8+QUBBC1st 50
Mens Club 2 8+RBAI2nd -10
Mens Club 2 8+Methodist3rd -10
Mens Novice 4X+Sligo1st 50
Mens Novice 4X+Portadown B2nd -10
Mens Novice 4X+Portadown A3rd -10
Mens J18A 8+Portora1st 0
Mens J18A 8+Methodist A3rd 0
Mens J18A 8+Methodist B4th 0
Mens J18A 4+Portora1st 0
Mens J18A 4+Methodist2nd 0
Mens J18A 4+RBAI A3rd 0
Mens J18A 4+RBAI BDisqualified 0
Mens J18A 4X-Lee A1st 0
Mens J18A 4X-Lee B2nd 0
Mens J18A 4X-RBAI3rd 0
Mens J18A 4X-Portadown4th 0
Mens J18A 4X-Methodist5th 0
Mens J18A 2-Portora B1st 0
Mens J18A 2-Methodist2nd 0
Mens J18A 2-Portora ADid not finish 0
Mens J18A 2XLee A1st 0
Mens J18A 2XLee D2nd 0
Mens J18A 2XLee C3rd 0
Mens J18A 2XLee B4th 0
Mens J18A 2XPortadown B5th 0
Mens J18A 2XCGSCompeted 0
Mens J18A 2XPortadown ACompeted 0
Mens J18A 1XPortadown, Hull, N1st 0
Mens J18A 1XPortadown, Murtagh, D2nd 0
Mens J18A 1XPortadown, Morrow, R3rd 0
Mens J18A 1XBelfast RC, Moran, J4th 0
Mens J18A 1XPortadown, Tang, CDid not start 0
Mens J16 8+Portora1st 0
Mens J16 8+Methodist2nd 0
Mens J16 4X+Portora A1st 0
Mens J16 4X+Commercial2nd 0
Mens J16 4X+Methodist A3rd 0
Mens J16 4X+Portadown4th 0
Mens J16 4X+Blackrock5th 0
Mens J16 4X+Methodist B6th 0
Mens J16 4X+Methodist CCompeted 0
Mens J16 4X+Portora BCompeted 0
Mens J16 2XCommercial1st 0
Mens J16 2XBelfast BC2nd 0
Mens J16 2XPortora3rd 0
Mens J16 2XPortadown B4th 0
Mens J16 2XPortadown A5th 0
Mens J16 2XPortadown C6th 0
Mens J16 1XCGS, Moore, H1st 0
Mens J16 1XCommercial, Browne, K2nd 0
Mens J16 1XCommercial, Hickey, D3rd 0
Mens J16 1XCommercial, Holton, A4th 0
Mens J16 1XPortora, Blake, R5th 0
Mens J16 1XCommercial, Daly, ACompeted 0
Mens J16 1XRBAI, Lyons, TCompeted 0
Mens J15 4X+Blackrock1st 0
Mens J15 4X+Portora2nd 0
Mens J15 4X+Methodist B3rd 0
Mens J15 4X+Methodist A4th 0
Mens J15 2XBlackrock A1st 0
Mens J15 2XPortora2nd 0
Mens J15 2XMethodist A3rd 0
Mens J15 2XBlackrock B4th 0
Mens J15 2XPortadown5th 0
Mens J15 2XMethodist B6th 0
Womens Senior 1XBelfast BC, Turner, KDid not start 0
Womens Senior 1XGarda, Larsen, BDid not start 0
Womens Intermediate 2-QUBLBC A1st 50
Womens Intermediate 2-Bann2nd -10
Womens Intermediate 2-SMRC3rd -10
Womens Intermediate 2-QUBLBC C4th -10
Womens Intermediate 2-Portora A5th -10
Womens Intermediate 2-Portora B6th -10
Womens Intermediate 2-QUBLBC BDid not start 0
Womens Intermediate 1XGarda, Larsen, B1st 50
Womens Intermediate 1XNUIG, Pigott, M2nd -10
Womens Intermediate 1XBelfast BC, Turner, KDid not start 0
Womens Intermediate 1XGarda, Moore, MDid not start 0
Womens Intermediate 1XGarda, Ryan, JDid not start 0
Womens Intermediate 1XQUBLBC, Brown, RDid not start 0
Womens Club 1 8+QUBLBC A1st 50
Womens Club 1 8+Bann2nd -10
Womens Club 1 8+QUBLBC B2nd -10
Womens Club 1 4X-Bann1st 50
Womens Club 1 4X-Methodist2nd -10
Womens Club 1 4X-Belfast RCDid not start 0
Womens Club 1 2XBann1st 50
Womens Club 1 2XSMRC2nd -10
Womens Club 1 2XGarda3rd -10
Womens Club 1 2XQUBLBC A4th -10
Womens Club 1 2XQUBLBC BDid not finish 0
Womens Club 1 1XGarda, Ryan, J1st 50
Womens Club 1 1XGarda, Moore, M2nd -10
Womens Club 1 1XLee, Murphy, C3rd -10
Womens Club 1 1XLee, Nagle, N4th -10
Womens Club 1 1XQUBLBC, Potts, L5th -10
Womens Club 1 1XQUBLBC, Crouch, J6th -10
Womens Novice 4X+QUBLBC B1st 50
Womens Novice 4X+Portadown2nd -10
Womens Novice 4X+Sligo3rd -10
Womens Novice 4X+QUBLBC A4th -10
Womens Novice 4X+Belfast BCDisqualified 0
Womens J18A 8+Portora1st 0
Womens J18A 8+Methodist2nd 0
Womens J18A 8+Bann3rd 0
Womens J18A 8+Portadown4th 0
Womens J18A 4-Methodist1st 0
Womens J18A 4-Portora A2nd 0
Womens J18A 4-Portora B3rd 0
Womens J18A 4X-Bann1st 0
Womens J18A 4X-Lee2nd 0
Womens J18A 4X-Sligo3rd 0
Womens J18A 4X-Portadown4th 0
Womens J18A 2XBann1st 0
Womens J18A 2XLee A2nd 0
Womens J18A 2XNeptune3rd 0
Womens J18A 2XLee B4th 0
Womens J18A 2XSligo A5th 0
Womens J18A 2XPortadown A6th 0
Womens J18A 2XBelfast RCCompeted 0
Womens J18A 2XPortadown BCompeted 0
Womens J18A 2XPortadown CCompeted 0
Womens J18A 2XSligo BCompeted 0
Womens J18A 1XNeptune, Feerick, C1st 0
Womens J18A 1XBann, Odonovan, A2nd 0
Womens J18A 1XBann, Wylie, L3rd 0
Womens J18A 1XPortadown, McCann, K4th 0
Womens J18A 1XNeptune, Clark, ADid not start 0
Womens J16 8+Portora A1st (private race)0
Womens J16 8+Portora B2nd (private race)0
Womens J16 4X+Lee1st 0
Womens J16 4X+Portora2nd 0
Womens J16 4X+Sligo3rd 0
Womens J16 4X+Portadown4th 0
Womens J16 4X+Belfast RC5th 0
Womens J16 2XPortora B1st 0
Womens J16 2XPortora A2nd 0
Womens J16 2XMethodist3rd 0
Womens J16 2XBelfast RC4th 0
Womens J16 1XBelfast RC, Hall, A1st 0
Womens J16 1XPortadown, McCann, S2nd 0
Womens J16 1XBann, Blemmings, E3rd 0
Womens J16 1XPortora, Hutton, DCompeted 0
Womens J16 1XPortora, McComb, TCompeted 0
Womens J16 1XPortora, O'Doherty, MCompeted 0
Womens J16 1XBann, Carson, RDid not start 0
Womens J15 4X+Bann1st 0
Womens J15 4X+Portora A2nd 0
Womens J15 4X+Portora B3rd 0
Womens J15 4X+Portadown4th 0
Womens J15 2XPortadown A1st 0
Womens J15 2XBann A2nd 0
Womens J15 2XBann B3rd 0
Womens J15 2XPortadown B4th 0
Published in Rowing

Irish Ferries has linked up with An Garda Siochana, to support their forthcoming ‘Chris Crossing’ charity boat row across the Irish Sea, the aim being to raise some €50,000 for the National Neurosurgical Centre at Beaumont Hospital.

Planned in memory of Garda Chris Byrne, who passed away in March 2016 as a result of a brain tumour, the event is being undertaken by 12 Gardaí from Dublin’s Store Street station. The 12-15 hours crossing from Dublin to Holyhead will take place in late May/early June, depending on weather conditions.

Irish Ferries will provide transport and other logistics support required to guarantee the success of the undertaking.

As part of the build-up, celebrities from the worlds of sport and entertainment will participate with Gardai in staging on-street rowing demonstrations at two Dublin city centre locations on Saturday, April 30th when they will row the equivalent of 500 metres as part of a Top Gear-themed time challenge. Participants also plan to raise money through a bucket collection at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium prior to the Ireland v Holland soccer international on May 29th.

A wider appeal for subscriptions asks members of the public to text Beaumont to 50300 to make a €4 donation, or online at www.beaumontfundraising.ie

 

Published in Coastal Rowing
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Waterways Ireland has been requested by An Garda to limit boat movements on the Royal and Grand Canals in the Kildare area throughout this week from 25 to 31 January, during the course of an on-going investigation, particularly from the Dublin county boundary to Sallins and Maynooth respectively on the two canals.

Waterways Ireland asks that owners and masters abide by this request, and plan boat movements accordingly.

Published in Inland Waterways

#Rowing: Breanna Larsen of Garda Boat Club set a fine personal best time of seven minutes 7.9 seconds at the Leinster Indoor Rowing competition at Garda Rowing Club on Saturday. Oblivious to the wind and rain outside, the women rowers from Garda, UCD and Trinity competed and set some good times. Trinity won the award for best female club, but Aileen Crowley of UCD took the under-23 title, clocking an impressive 7:13.30.  

Leinster Indoor Competition, Garda Boat Club, Saturday (Selected Results, 2,000m unless stated) Full Results Attached

Men

Open: 1 D Kelly 6:17.8, 2 C McShane 6:54.8, 3 P Murphy 7:12.4. Novice (1,000): C Harrington 3:11.7. Jun 18: 1 N Beggan 6:51.8, 2 J Phelan 6:53.3, 3 A Lennon 6:56.0. Jun 16: R Quinn 6:54.9. 

Masters 30+: D Quinn 6:31.40. Non-Rower (1,000m); 2:59.8.

Women

Open: 1 B Larsen 7:07.90 (PB), M Moore 7:20.10, 3 S O’Brien 7:23.6. Under-23:  A Crowley 7:13.30. Junior 18: E Lambe 7:18.90, 2 C Feerick 7:29.6, 3 J Coleman 7:48.7. Jun 16: S Maxwell 7:49.6. Lightweight: G Crowe 7:33.90.

Novice (1,000m): B O’Brien 3:29.8. 

Published in Rowing

#Rowing: Boating equipment worth €150,000 has been recovered by gardaí investigating the theft of boat engines. The haul included 74 outboard engines, ten boats and eight boat trailers. The public is asked to access the Garda social websites or ring 057 8674100 to arrange viewing.

 There have been a number of thefts of engines and equipment from rowing clubs and the National Rowing Centre in recent years.

Published in Rowing

#ROWING: Sam McKeown of Portadown won the intermediate single sculls, beating Damien Kelly of Garda, at Limerick Regatta today. The St Michael’s men’s senior pair came out on top and Portora won both the junior 18 and junior 16 men’s eights. Patrick Munnelly of Athlone won the final of the men’s junior 18 single sculls. The event had to be delayed for over an hour because of inclement weather and junior 14 events were cancelled. However, a meeting at the venue decided that the Irish Schools Regatta on Sunday will go ahead.

Limerick Regatta, O’Brien’s Bridge, Selected Results:

Men

Eight – Junior 18: 1 Portora, 2 St Joseph’s, 3 St Michael’s.

Junior 16: 1 Portora, 2 Col Iognáid, 3 St Joseph’s. Masters: St Michael’s.

Four – Senior: 1 Skibbereen, 2 St Michael’s.

Pair – Senior: 1 St Michael’s, 2 Neptune, 3 Shannon.

Sculling – Quadruple – Club Two: 1 Cork B, 2 Shandon, 3 Cork A. Junior 15, coxed, Final One: 1 Shandon A, 2 St Michael’s, 3 Killorglin. Final Two: Castleconnell.

Single – Intermediate: 1 Portadown (S McKeown), 2 Garda (D Kelly), 3 St Michael’s (D O’Connor). Junior 18: 1 Athlone (P Munnelly), 2 Graiguenamanagh (A Lennon), 3 Castleconnell (N Meehan).

Women

Eight – Junior 18: 1 Portora, 2 St Michael’s, 3 Galway.

Sculling, Quadruple – Junior 18: 1 Lee, 2 Fermoy, 3 Offaly.

Double – Junior 15: 1 Workmans, 2 Fermoy, 3 Lee A.

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Annalise Murphy finished four points clear at the top of the leaderboard at Italian Olympic week yesterday and will be today's six–boat medal race favourite at the inaugural Eurosaf sailing cup on Lake Garda. Strong local 'Ora' winds are blowing on the lake this morning suiting the Irish sailor.

The 23-year-old Dun Laoghaire single–hander counts a string of five first places in her 47-boat fleet to lead Croatian sailor Tina Mihelic. Third is Finn Tuula Tenkanen.

Annalise just missed the podium in last year's Games. The Croatian came 17th in London and Tenkanen two places in front of sister Heidi who came 5th.

Annalise hit form on Wednesday afternoon bouncing back from a ninth in race one to score a first and second with five more wins following, stamping her heavy air authority on the fleet.

She ended the qualifying rounds however with a 29 and 7 describing yesterday 'as a pretty crazy day' on the lake with winds blowing from zero to 20-knots.

This 47-boat affair is not at World cup level but it is nevertheless a strong fleet and one where the National Yacht Club single-hander is proving herself after crashing out of the gold fleet of the World Cup in Hyères a fortnight ago.

The new Eurosaf series concept has been designed to complement ISAF's world cup and this week is its first outing with some new style competition formats.

live streaming of the medal race will be on Afloat.ie when available from local broadcasters

Laser Radial Finalists
1)IRL Murphy
2)CRO Mihelic
3)FIN Tenkanen T.
4)BLR Drozdovskaya
5)FIN Tenkanen H.
6)TUR Donertas

Top ten qualifying round results below:

italianresults

 

 

Published in Annalise Murphy

#Clipper - A serving member of An Garda Síochána has launched his bid to compete in the next edition of the Clipper Round-The-World Yacht Race.

Conor O'Byrne, who describes himself as "a keen sailor" with a "burning desire of sailing around the world", has started a blog to record his preparations for and participation in the race, the first leg of which kicks off from England this coming August.

The garda hopes to use his place in the epic voyage to raise awareness for the Irish Underwater Search and Recovery Unit, but also has more personal reasons in mind for the challenge.

"My reason for undertaking the race and being such a long time away from home and sailing in some of the world's most punishing seas was to hopefully build on my character and to learn more about myself and other people in the most extreme conditions.

"I like to be pushed beyond my comfort zone as I enjoy a challenge."

Follow Conor's preparations for the year-long race - which takes a route via South America, South Africa, Australia, China, the USA, Panama, Canada and Northern Ireland - at his Garda Around The World blog HERE.

Published in Clipper Race
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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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