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#Rowing: Queen’s University, Belfast, launched a very successful raid on the medals available on the first two days of the BUCS Regatta in Nottingham.  

 Queen’s had a very successful Saturday. They won the Beginners’ coxed four, and their talented group of scullers also shone. Philip Doyle took silver in the Championship single, while Sam McKeown took fourth. In the intermediate single, Queen’s took gold and silver, through Tiernan Oliver and Nathan Hull.

  This foursome were again on song on Sunday. McKeown and Doyle took silver in the Championship double, and Hull and Oliver matched them. Fiona Bell also made the podium in the women’s Championship single scull, taking bronze.

BUCS (British University) Regatta, Nottingham (Selected Results; Irish interest)

Saturday

Men, Four – Beginners’, coxed: 1 Queen’s 7:10.49.

Sculling, Single – Championship: 1 Edinburgh (J Armstrong) 7:20.99, 2 Queen’s (P Doyle) 7:22.01; 4 Queen’s (S McKeown) 7:27.73. Intermediate: 1 Queen’s (T Oliver) 7:37.48, 2 Queen’s (N Hull) 7:37.66.

Sunday

Men, Sculling, Double – Championship: 1 Reading 6:40.76, 2 Queen’s 6:43.56. Inter: 1 Reading 6:55.04, 2 Queen’s 7:00.91.

Women

Sculling, Single – Championship: 1 Edinburgh 8:09.20; 3 Queen’s 8:26.50.

 

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#Rowing: A young Queen’s University lightweight quadruple were the fastest crew at the Shannon Head of the River at Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday. The under-23 crew of Jordan Wilson, Miles Taylor, Ewan Murray and Harry Mahon took 11 minutes and 53 seconds to complete the course. Portora’s junior 16 eight also did well. Tiernan Oliver and Sam McKeown, in a senior double, almost matched their time. See Attached Results.

Head of the Shannon, Carrick-on-Shannon (Selected Results)

Head One:

Men

Eight – Jun 16: Portora 12 minutes 43 seconds.

Four – Jun 18, coxed: Portora 13:13.

Sculling, Quadruple – Jun 16, coxed: Carrick-on-Shannon 14:24. Double – Sen: Queen’s 12:46

Women

Eight – Club One: Commercial 14:29. Jun 18: Commercial 13:39

Sculling, Quadruple – Jun 18A: Portora 14:08.

Head Two:

Men

Eight – Novice: Commercial 14:55.

Sculling – Quadruple – Sen: Queen’s 11:53. Jun 18A, coxed: Portora 12:28

Single – Sen: Queen’s (T Oliver) 14:03. Jun 18A Carrick-on-Shannon (T Earley) 14:48.

Women

Eight – Inter: Commercial B 13:40. Jun 16: Portora 13:57.

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#Rowing: Queen’s Univerity’s senior men’s eight, competing in the first of two races, were far and away the fastest crew at the Bann head of the river at Coleraine on Saturday. The host club’s own junior coxed four was the fastest in the second head, with single sculler Sam McKeown recording the second-best time. The strong winds of recent days held off for the two races.

Bann Head of the River, Coleraine, Saturday (adjusted times)

Race One: 1 Queen’s University men’s senior eights 13 mins 39 secs, 2 Belfast BC masters eight 16:06, 3 Belfast RC masters eight 16:15, 4 Bann masters eight 16:35, 5 RBAI junior 18 quad 16:38, 6 Portadown senior double 16:50.

Race Two: Bann junior 18 coxed four 15:25, 2 Portadown senior single (S McKeown) 17:29, Bann inter single (Mitchell) 17:35, 4 Queen’s A women’s inter four 17:49, 5 Queen’s B women’s inter four 17:58, 6 Lady Elizabeth masters single (Smyth) 18:06.

 

BANN ROWING CLUB HEAD OF THE RIVER  14TH NOVEMBER 2015
RACE 1
PlaceBoat NumberClubCategory and Boatadjusted time taken
11QUBBCM Sen 8+00:13:39
213Belfast BC (f)MM 8+00:16:06
312Belfast RC (e)MM 8+00:16:15
411Bann RC(c)MM 8+00:16:35
53RBAI AMJ18A 4X-00:16:38
65Portadown BCM Sen 2X00:16:50
76Bann RCW Int 4X-00:17:18
814LVBC (f)MM 8+00:17:20
92RBAIMJ18A 8+00:17:25
1024Belfast BC (d)WM 8+00:17:36
1117Bann RCW J18A 4X-00:18:18
1222Bann RCMJ16 2X00:19:02
1316City of Derry BC (e) MM 2X00:19:23
1418Belfast RCW J18A 4X-00:19:27
1525Belfast RC (c) WM 8+00:20:01
1623Bann RCWJ16 8+00:20:03
174RBAI BMJ18A 2X00:21:59
1821Portadown BCW Int 2X00:22:28
1919Portadown BCWJ18A 4X-00:23:15
2029Portadown BCWJ15 2X00:26:37
2128City of Derry BC (c) WM 2X00:26:48
RACE 2
PlaceBoat NumberClubCategory and Boatadjusted time taken
142Bann RCMJ18A 4+00:15:25
245Portadown McKeownM Sen 1X00:17:29
347Bann MitchellM Int 1X00:17:35
453QUBLBC AW Int 4-00:17:49
554QUBLBC BW Int 4-00:17:58
658LEBC (c) SmithMM 1X00:18:06
764Portadown BC MJ16 4X+00:18:18
857Portora (e) MurphyMM 1X00:18:29
951Belfast BC (f) MM 4+00:18:50
1059City of Derry (e) D’UrsoMM 1X00:19:02
1163City of Derry BC MJ16 4X+00:19:05
1268Portadown BCMJ15 4X+00:19:40
1350Portadown BC LaivinsM Int 1X00:19:41
1460Belfast BC (d) GilpinMM 1X00:20:04
1556Belfast RC BW Int 4+00:20:08
1649Blue Star GillilandM Int 1X00:20:09
1783Bann RC WJ15 4X+00:20:09
1861Belfast BC (f) LockwoodMM 1X00:20:14
1976Bann RC ChestnuttWJ18A 1X00:20:34
2071Bann RC ShirlowW Int 1X00:21:10
2177Bann RC MeenaghW Int 1X00:21:13
2279Belfast RC TaylorWJ18A 1X00:21:14
2362LVBC (e) KeownMM 1X00:21:26
2481Bann RC WylieWJ18A 1X00:21:30
2580Bann RC ODonovanWJ18A 1X00:21:54
2673Belfast RC MoranMJ16 1X00:22:56
2752Bann RC CochraneMJ18A 1X00:23:15
2855Belfast RC AW Int 4+00:23:35
2978Portadown BC MartinW Int 1X00:24:40
3084Portadown RCWJ15 4X+00:25:52
3182Portadown BC McCannWJ16 1X00:28:42
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#BannRowingHead: Queen's University crews were the fastest at both heads in the Bann Head of the River in Coleraine. The Queen's men's intermediate coxless four set a time of 13 minutes and 19 seconds in the second head - just five seconds slower than the intermediate eight which won the first head. The fastest single sculler on the day was Brendan Smyth of Lady Elizabeth, the old boys' club of Trinity College.

 

BANN HOR 2013 FINAL RESULTS  RACE 1
     
    Adjusted
Boat NumberClubCategory and BoatTimeTime
2QUBCM INT 8+00:13:1400:13:14
1QUBCM INT 8+00:14:0900:14:09
15BELFAST RCMM 8+ E00:15:2300:14:25
14BELFAST BCMM 8+ E00:15:2700:14:29
19LADY VICTORIA BCMM 8+ F00:15:5300:14:34
3RBAIMJ18 8+00:14:4200:14:42
8BANN RCMJ16 8+00:14:4200:14:42
5BANN RCMJ18 4X-00:14:5100:14:51
6CAI BCMJ18 4X-00:14:5600:14:56
9BANN RCM INT 2X00:15:0900:15:09
7CAI BCMJ16 8+00:15:1600:15:16
12BANN RCWJ18 8+00:15:1900:15:19
4CITY OF DERRY BCMJ18 8+00:15:2100:15:21
18BANN RCMM 8+ C00:15:5100:15:29
13BANN/LADY ELIZMS 2-00:15:5500:15:55
11QUB LADIES BCW INT 8+00:15:5800:15:58
10PORTADOWN BCM INT 2X00:16:0100:16:01
25CITY OF DERRY BCMM 2X E00:17:2000:16:22
21CAI BCMJ18 2-00:17:0200:17:02
31QUB B BCMNOV 8+00:17:1100:17:11
24CARLOW RCMM 2X C00:17:4600:17:24
26LADY VICTORIA BCMM 2X E00:19:0600:18:08
22CAI B BCMJ18 2-00:18:1400:18:14
28PORTADOWN BCWJ18 4X-00:18:3100:18:31
30QUB BCMNOV 8+00:18:3800:18:38
27BELFAST RCWM 8+ D00:19:2500:18:44
32BELFAST RCWNOV 8+00:18:4800:18:48
23BELFAST BCMM 2X B00:18:5500:18:48
34CAI BCMJ15 2X00:19:2300:19:23
36QUB BCWNOV 8+00:20:0900:20:09
29PORTADOWN BCWJ16 8+00:20:1100:20:11
35CITY OF DERRY BCWJ16 2X00:23:4000:23:40
 
 
 
BANN HOR 2013 FINAL RESULTS  RACE 2
     
    Adjusted
Boat NumberClubCategory and BoatTimeTime
41QUB BCMINT 4-00:13:1900:13:19
44QUB BCMINT 4+00:13:4500:13:45
45RBAIMNOV 4X+00:14:0300:14:03
42CAI BCMJ18 4-00:14:1500:14:15
51BANN RCMJ16 4X+00:14:1500:14:15
43CAI B BCMJ18 4-00:14:2100:14:21
53RBAIMJ16 4X+00:14:3300:14:33
47CITY OF DERRY BCMNOV 4X+00:14:3800:14:38
62CARLOW RCMM 4+ C00:15:0100:14:39
57PORTADOWN MCKEOWNMINT 1X00:15:2300:15:23
54CAI BCMJ16 4+00:15:2400:15:24
58BANN RC MCAFEEMINT 1X00:15:3100:15:31
56BANN RC WHORISKEYMINT 1X00:15:4700:15:47
48CITY OF DERRY BCMJ18 4+00:15:5900:15:59
59LADY ELIZ SMYTHMS 1X00:15:5900:15:59
74BANN RCWJ15 4X+00:16:0400:16:04
61LADY VICTORIA BCMM 4+ E00:16:1900:15:21
72BANN RCWJ16 4X+00:16:4700:16:47
65CAI BCMJ15 4X+00:16:4900:16:49
55CAI B BCMJ16 4+00:16:5000:16:50
60BANN RC LEVINSMS 1X00:16:5500:16:55
67CITY OF DERRY BCMM 1X E00:16:5800:16:00
73BELFAST RCWJ15 4X+00:17:0300:17:03
70BANN RC BARRYWJ18 1X00:17:1000:17:10
46BELFAST RCMNOV 4X+00:17:1900:17:19
66LAGAN SCULLERSMM 1X C00:17:2000:16:58
49QUB LADIES BCWINT 4+00:17:3600:17:36
68LADY VICTORIA BCMM 1X E00:18:0400:17:06
52PORTADOWN RCMJ16 4X+00:18:0800:18:08
69PORTADOWN RCMJ18 1X00:18:3700:18:37
71CITY OF DERRY BCWJ18 1X00:20:5700:20:57
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#IrishRowingChampionships: Claire Lambe and John Keohane won the men’s and women’s senior single sculls titles at the Irish Rowing Championships at Farran Woods in Cork today. Both had hard battles before crossing the line as winners.

Lambe had a disappointing start and saw Sinéad Jennings take and hold the lead until halfway. Lambe came back and led by 1500 metres, but Jennings mounted challenge after challenge.

Keohane took the lead early on but had to battle to retain it. Eimantas Grigalius, a World Junior Champion in 2003, drove hard a the Corkman through the closing 500 metres, but Keohane, rating below his opponent, retained his lead – and the title he won last year.

There was great excitement in the closing stages of the men’s novice coxed four. UCD’s lead was eaten away and then completely lost to Queen’s University, who won by .92 of a second. UCD also lost out in the women’s intermediate coxed four to a strong St Michael’s crew of Hannah McCarthy, Emily Tormey, Kate O’Brien, Hanah O’Sullivan and cox Conor McGowan.

The men’s intermediate pair and the women’s junior pair and men’s junior double sculls were convincingly won by UCC, Portora and Shandon respectively.

Irish Rowing Championships, National Rowing Centre, Farran Woods, Cork – Day Three (Selected Results, Finals)

Men

Four – Novice, coxed: 1 Queen’s 7:49.87, 2 UCD 7:50.79, 3 UCC 7:55.25.

Pair – Intermediate: 1 UCC 8:13.04, 2 Portora 8:36.82, 3 Bann 8:42.84.

Sculling, Double – Junior: 1 Shandon (J Casey, A Harrington) 7:55.13, 2 Skibbereen 8:13.06, 3 Lee 8:19.07.

Single – Senior: 1 Lee Valley (J Keohane) 8:00.96, 2 Three Castles (E Grigalius) 8:03.83, 3 Portadown (S McKeown) 8:21.55.

Women

Four, Intermediate, coxed: 1 St Michael’s 8:10.43, 2 UCD C 8:18.36, 3 UCD A 8:28.10.

Pair – Junior: 1 Portora (D Maguire, P Mulligan) 9:04.90, 2 Muckross 9:16.42, 3 Shannon 9:19.32.

Sculling, Single – Senior: 1 UCD (C Lambe) 9:09.20, 2 St Michael’s (S Jennings) 9:10.31, 3 Three Castles (H Walshe) 9:28.57.

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# ROWING: A collision before the start between the Queen’s University senior eight and the Portadown intermediate four took both crews out of the reckoning at the second head of the day at Lagan Head of the River in Belfast on Saturday. One of the Portadown crew had to be treated in hospital. In the absence of Queen’s, Neptune’s junior 18 eight ruled the waters: they took pennants as fastest crew; fastest junior crew and fastest junior 18 eight. The Belfast Boat Club/RBAI senior crew was the fastest four and Trinity's top women’s senior eight placed well.

Lagan Head of the River 2013 - Race 2 – 4200m Saturday 16th February at 1500
RESULTS by Time – Masters handicap not applied
POSITION
CREW
NUMBER Club Class Cox/Steerer Time % of winning
time Comments
1 6 Neptune RC MJ18A 8+ H. Thompson 15:59.2 100.00
2 5 Portora BC MJ18A 8+ E. McClean 16:02.9 100.39
3 2 CAIBC MJ18A 8+ M. Bucklee 16:03.7 100.48
4 8 BBC/RBAIRC MS 4- A. Boreham 16:12.1 101.35
5 21 QUBBC A MN 8+ P. Ramsey 16:36.1 103.85
6 11 DULBC A WS 8+ G. Nic Fhionnain 16:43.1 104.58
7 20 BRC MN 8+ K. McCullagh 16:48.2 105.11
8 13 BBC MM E 8+ A. Scott 17:06.2 106.99
9 7 LSC MS 4X- P. Cross 17:10.8 107.46
10 31 Bann RC MJ16 8+ D. Tang 17:11.1 107.50
11 12 DULBC B WS 8+ N. Williams 17:12.4 107.63
12 4 RBAIRC MJ18A 8+ R. Hulatt 17:15.8 107.99
13 22 QUBBC B MN 8+ S. McGaughey 17:27.6 109.21
14 10 CAIBC/Portora BC MS 4- S. Archibald 17:32.3 109.71
15 14 BRC/BBC MM E 8+ S. Mairs 17:38.8 110.38
16 25 BRC MM C 8+ U. Smart 17:54.7 112.05
17 15 OCBC/Three Castles RC MM F 8+ J. Henry 18:05.4 113.16
18 27 QUBLBC WI 1 8+ C. Moorehead 18:09.1 113.54
19 28 Bann RC WI 1 8+ L. Ferguson 18:24.4 115.15
20 17 CAIBC MI 1 4+ A. Stewart 18:47.7 117.56
21 23 LVBC MM F 8+ M. Warnock 18:53.3 118.15
22 40 QULBC A WN 8+ C. Campbell 19:00.2 118.87
23 37 Portora BC A WJ18A 8+ Z. Donaldson 19:00.5 118.91
24 24 Bann RC MM C 8+ E. Earl 19:20.1 120.94
25 42 DULBC A WN 8+ K. Paterson 19:20.9 121.03
26 32 CAIBC MJ16 8+ A. Stewart 19:26.5 121.61
27 29 BRC WI 1 8+ E. Catterall 19:42.1 123.24
28 30 BBC WM D 8+ H. Wilson 19:46.9 123.74
29 45 DULBC B WN 8+ N. O'Sullivan 20:34.0 128.66
30 26 BBC/LSC WS 4X- S. Herron 20:54.1 130.75
31 46 QULBC C WN 8+ M. Toner 20:55.4 130.89
32 33 Portora BC MJ16 8+ J. Foster 20:57.0 131.05
33 44 QULBC B WN 8+ A. Espona-McCartney 21:17.2 133.16
34 36 Portadown BC MM D 8+ R. Walker 22:01.4 137.76
35 43 Portora BC WN 8+ C. McClean 22:05.7 138.21
36 35 QUBLBC WS 4- A. Aitken 22:07.6 138.41
37 39 BRC WM E 8+ S. Smith 22:38.2 141.60
38 38 Portora BC B WJ18A 8+ E. Reynolds 22:41.3 141.92
1 QUBBC MS 8+ A. Margret
9 BRC MS 4- C. Coyle
16 QUBBC MI 1 4+ R. Crowley
18 Portadown BC MI 1 4+ L. Chambers
19 BBC WS 4X- L. Cameron
41 UCDBC WN 8+ V. Turner
Lagan Head of the River is organised by Belfast Rowing Club
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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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