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ROWING: The Ireland lightweight men’s double took a bronze medal and Sanita Puspure finished fifth in the women’s single on the first day of A Finals at the Memorial Paolo D’Aloja international regatta in Piediluco in Italy today.

This was a first medal in a senior event for the lightweight double of Mark O’Donovan and Niall Kenny, who hope to represent Ireland at next month’s Olympic Qualifier in Lucerne. They did it by maintaining a high rate through a race which was won by Nuno Mendes and Pedro Fraga of Portugal – a crew which qualified for London 2012 by finishing 10th at last year’s World Championships.

Puspure, who is also targeting the Qualifiers, finished third in a group of three which disputed third in the closing stages of her race, with a second covering all three crews. The race was won by Serbia’s Iva Obradovic.

Justin Ryan finished fourth in the A Final of the lightweight single scull. The race was won by Lorenzo Bertini of Italy.

Memorial Paolo D’Aloja International Regatta, Piediluco, Italy

Day Two - Saturday (Selected Results)

Men

Lightweight Double Scull – A Final: 1 Portugal (N Mendes, P Fraga) 6:30.21, 2 Spain 6:32.14, 3 Ireland (M O’Donovan, N Kenny) 6:34.26.

Lightweight Single Scull – A Final: 1 Italy Two (L Bertini) 7:11.50, 2 Italy (L La Padula) 7:14.10, 3 Egypt (AM Massoud) 7:18.50; 4 Ireland (J Ryan) 7:24.39.

Women

Single Scull – A Final: 1 Serbia (I Obradovic) 7:36.94, 2 Lithuania (D Vistartaite) 7:42.03, 3 Sweden (F Svensson) 7:45.34); 4 Serbia (I Filipovic) 7:46.18, 5 Ireland (S Puspure) 7:46.20.

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ROWING: Ireland’s two Olympic-class crews, the lightweight men’s double of Mark O’Donovan and Niall Kenny and single sculler Sanita Puspure, qualified for today’s first day of finals at the Memorial Paolo d’Aloja in Piediluco. Both finished second in their heats. Justin Ryan’s third place in the heat of the lightweight single scull also saw him qualify.

 The lightweight women's double scull of Claire Lambe and Siobhan McCrohan, who were entered in this event, were withdrawn and will also not go forward to the Olympic Qualifier next month. The head of the High Performance programme, Martin McElroy, said the crew had had consistent difficulities with making the required weight.

Memorial Paolo D’Aloja International Regatta, Piediluco, Italy

Heats (first three to today’s finals)

Men

Double Sculls – Heat One 1 Italy Four 6:35.41; 6 Queen’s University (Ireland) 6:56.68.

Lightweight Double Sculls – Heat Two: 1 Portugal 6:53.66, 2 Ireland (M O’Donovan, N Kenny) 6:55.08.

Lightweight Single Sculls – Heat One: 1 Italy (L Bertini) 7:46.06; 3 Ireland (J Ryan) 7:52.75; 4 Queen’s (D Evans) 7:57.75. Heat Two: 4 Ireland (M Maher) 7:51.85.

Women

Single Sculls – Heat One: 1 Serbia (I Obradovic) 8:19.01 2 Ireland (S Puspure) 8:24.84.

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ROWING: The prizegiving at the National Assessment Regatta at the NRC in Cork contained an announcement by Martin McElroy of the High Performance Programme that  two Irish teenagers have landed full scholarships at American universities. Holly Nixon, a silver medallist at last year’s World Junior Championships, will be going to the University of Virginia, while Katie Cromie has been granted a scholarship to the University of Michigan. Nixon has now moved up from junior.

Rowing Ireland Prize-Giving

Men

Under-23 Pair: Sean O’Connor, Eddie Mullarkey. Junior: Joel Cassells, Chris Black

Single Scull – Senior: Justin Ryan. Junior: Paul O’Donovan

Women

Pair – Junior: Hanna McCarthy, Hanna O’Sullivan

Single Scull – Senior: Sanita Puspure. Junior: Bridget Jacques

Irish Assessments, National Rowing Centre, Cork – Day Two

Selected Results (includes projected per centage of gold-medal winning time in athletes’ class)

Men

Pair – A Final: 1 S O’Connor/E Mullarkey (under-23) 7:25.6 (85.6), 2 J Cassells/C Black (junior) 7:27.1 (87.4), 3 H Millar/L Seaman (junior) 7:34.0 (86.0). B Final: K Keohane/N Crowley (jun) 7:43.0 (84.4). C Final: D McCarthy/M Kelly (jun) 8:00.8 (81.2).

Single Sculls – A Final: 1 J Ryan (under-23 lightweight) 7:57.4 (85.9), 2 M Maher (lightweight) 7:58.7 (83.6), 3 A English (lightweight) 7:59.2 (83.5), 4 P O’Donovan (junior) 8:04.0 (85.1), 5 Jonathan Mitchell (under-23 lightweight) 8:15.0 (82.8), 6 D Quinlan (jun) 8:32.4 (80.3). B Final: 1 S O’Driscoll (under-23 lightweight) 7:56.2 (86.1), 2 A Griffin (jun) 7:56.4 (86.4), 3 M Ryan (jun) 8:03.1 (85.2). C Final: A Burns (jun) 7:53.1 (87.0). D Final: F Manning (sen) 7:58.7 (83.1). E Final: G McKillen (jun) 8:16.3 (82.9).

Women

Pair – A Final (all juniors): 1 H McCarthy/H O’Sullivan 8:28.5 (84.7), 2 B Edgar/E Hutchinson 8:29.0 (84.6), 3 A Cooper/K O’Connor 8:31.8 (84.1).

Single Scull – A Final: 1 S Puspure (heavyweight) 8:25.6 (84.1), 2 B Jacques (jun) 8:37.7 (86.1), 3 M Dukarska (under-23 heavyweight) 8:38.1 (84.0), 4 S Dolan (under-23 lightweight) 8:50.3 (85.1), 5 H Shinnick (jun) 8:53.6 (83.6), 6 K Cromie (jun) 8:59.1 (82.7). B Final: K O’Brien (jun) 8:42.7 (85.3). C Final: F Murtagh (jun) 8:38.1 (86.1). D Final: M McLaughlin 8:56.5 (83.1).

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ROWING: Under-23 athlete Justin Ryan won the men’s A Final of the single sculls at the Irish Assessment Regatta at the National Rowing Centre in Cork. Fellow lightweights Michael Maher and Justin Ryan were second and third.

Sanita Puspure was dominant in the women’s single, where surprise packet Bridget Jacques, who is just 17, took second.

Sean O’Connor and Eddie Mullarkey of NUIG, an under-23 crew, beat Bann juniors Chris Black and Joel Cassells into second in the men’s pair. The Bann pair have not competed this season as Black has had glandular fever.

The A Final of the women’s pair, an all-junior affair, was won by Hanna McCarthy and Hanna O’Sullivan of St Michael’s after a terrific battle to the line with Brooke Edgar and Emily Hutchinson of Bann.

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ROWING: Today’s semi-final stages of the National Assessment regatta at the National Rowing Centre in Cork provided the stage for good wins for Sanita Puspure in the women’s single, and Justin Ryan and Michael Maher in the men’s single. Junior athlete Paul O’Donovan was second to Ryan in his semi.

NATIONAL ASSESSMENT REGATTA, NRC, Cork

Selected Results (includes projected per centage of gold-medal winning time in athletes’ class)

Men

Pair – Time Trial: 1 J Cassells/C Black (junior) 6:43.9 (91.9), 2 S O’Connor/E Mullarkey (under-23) 6:45.0 (89.5), 3 H Millar/L Seaman (junior) 6:50.1 (90.5), 4 F McQuillan-Tolan/J Egan (junior) 6:58.6 (58.6), 5 W Yeomans/C O’Riada (junior) 6:59.8 (88.4), 6 G Thornton/C Alcorn (junior) 7:00.5 (88.3).

Pair – A/B Semi-Final One: 1 Cassells/Black 7:07.0 (91.5 per cent), 2 F McQuillan-Tolan/Egan 7:16.7 (89.4), 3 Yeomans/O’Riada 7:18.6. Semi-Final Two: 1 O’Connor/Mullarkey 7:08.6 (89.0), 2 Millar/Seaman 7:14.5 (89.9), 3 Thornton/Alcorn 7:21.0 (88.6).

Single Sculls – Time Trial: 1 J Ryan (lightweight) 6:57.1 (93.4), 2 A English (lightweight) 6:59.0 (90.7), 3 M Maher (lightweight) 7:00.5 (90.4), 4 P O’Donovan (junior) 7:03.7 (92.3), 5 Jonathan Mitchell (under-23 lightweight) 7:03.9 (91.9), 6 D Quinlan (junior) 7:07.6 (91.5), 7 A Griffin (junior) 7:10.1 (90.9)

Single – A/B Semi-Final One: 1 Ryan 7:23.3 (92.5), 2 O’Donovan 7:24.1 (92.7), 3 Jonathan Mitchell 7:25.2 (92.1). Semi-Final Two: 1 Maher 7:19.8 (90.9), 2 English 7:21.5, 3 Quinlan 7:31.4 (91.2).

Women

Pair - Time Trial (all juniors): 1 J McCarthy/H O’Sullivan 7:42.7 (88.4), 2 B Edgar/E Hutchinson 7:44.5 (88.0), 3 R Gilligan/L McHugh 7:52.6 (86.5).

Single Sculls – Time Trial: 1 S Puspure (heavyweight) 7:23.2 (91.1), 2 M Dukarska (under-23) 7:41.1 (89.6), 3 H Shinnick (junior) 7:47.8 (90.6), 4 B Jacques (junior) 7:48.9 (90.4), 5 S Dolan (under-23 lightweight) 7:51.7 (90.8), 6 K Cromie (junior) 7:54.3.

Single Sculls A/B Semi-Final One: 1 Puspure 7:59.3 (88.7), 2 Dolan 8:15.2 (91.1), 3 Jacques 8:17.1 (89.7). Semi-Final Two: 1 Dukarska 8:09.1 (88.9), 2 Shinnick 8:15.6 (90.0), 3 Cromie 8:19.6 (89.3).

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ROWING: Rowing Ireland, the governing body for Irish rowing that represents over 70 clubs around the country, today launched the eFlow Go Row national grand league at the Dublin Municipal Rowing Club, Islandbridge.

The grand league is a series of four major regattas taking place across the country over the coming months. Almost 1,500 athletes, 300 crews and 350 boats will participate in Dublin Metropolitan, Queen's University, Cork and Skibbereen regattas. 

Rowing Ireland and eFlow were joined by Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring at the launch.

The prepared address for Minister Ring said he was very pleased to formally launch the eFlow Go Row grand league. “I am sure that competitors and enthusiasts alike are looking forward to the major events taking place across the country this year. 

“Rowing Ireland has worked hard to develop rowing as a competitive sport in Ireland and over the last five years, has received funding of over €4.6m from the Irish Sports Council, not to mention the €6.1m from my Department under the Sports Capital Programmes, towards the development of the National Rowing Centre in Cork.

“I understand that work has already commenced on the enhancement of facilities at the National Rowing Centre for the provision of an eight-lane course with electronic timing and a finishing tower.  I wish Rowing Ireland every success with the national league this year and the best of success to our prospective Olympic Rowers at the next qualifying event in May.”

In his prepared address, Frank Coghlan, the acting chief executive of Rowing Ireland said: “Rowing Ireland is delighted to have such a prestigious sponsor as eFlow supporting our flagship regatta events.    

“Participation in rowing in Ireland has been growing strongly over the past number of years and sponsorship of this nature is vital in allowing Rowing Ireland to continue its work in developing the sport and in supporting over 70 clubs and 3,000 rowers throughout the island.  

In his prepared address, Simon McBeth, Director of Communications and Customer Relations, eFlow said the company was delighted to support the league which marks the beginning of eFlow’s sponsorship of Rowing Ireland.

“The upcoming grand league is aimed at promoting rowing and encouraging greater participation in the sport throughout the country.

“Immense talent exists within Irish rowing clubs and teams. eFlow is proud to show our support in developing and nurturing this talent through the eFLow GoRow grand league and through supporting community clubs throughout the country.”

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ROWING: The board of Rowing Ireland was forced to withdraw a major proposal without a vote at the agm of the body in Dublin today. Delegates were being asked to adopt new articles of association with the purpose of bringing them into line with company law, but Ruadhan Cooke of Grainne Mhaol pointed out a new provision which would allow the board “in its sole discretion” to disaffiliate a club. He said this was “offensive”. The officers of the board apologised for the oversight, saying that there was no intention of introducing such a new power.

 RI president Anthony Dooley - who along with treasurer Gerry Farrell and secretary Frank Coghlan was elected unopposed - told the delegates that among the upgrades planned for the National Rowing Centre this year will be an adjustable start, which will be brought from the Olympic venue, Dorney Lake. Farrell said that Rowing Ireland spent €6,000 more than it took in in 2011, but was planning for a "small surplus" in 2012.

AWARDS: President’s: John McGeehan, Athlone

Vice Presidents’ – Connacht: Paddy Lally, Galway RC; Leinster: Eric Nolan (New Ross); Munster: Jimmy Fennessy (Clonmel); Ulster: Gordon Reid (Lagan Scullers’)

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ROWING: Ireland’s Michael Maher had a fine win at the British Indoor Rowing Championships at Nottingham on Sunday. The Dubliner, who is part of the Rowing Ireland squad based at the National Rowing Centre in Cork, won gold by over three seconds in the men’s open lightweight category. Maher recently rejoined his long-time club, Commercial from Three Castles.

The British Indoors, which also incorporated the Euro Open, is a huge event. The organisers say it is the largest parrticipant indoor sporting event in the United Kingdom.

British Indoor Rowing Championships, Nottingham, Sunday (Selected Result)

Men’s Open Lightweight: 1 M Maher (Commercial, Dublin) 6:20.1, 2 I Aristotelis (Limassol Nautical Club, Cyprus) 6:23.2, 3 J McAvoy (Chislehurst) 6:26.0.

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ROWING: UCD’s men’s senior eight clocked 10 minutes 29 seconds in excellent conditions to claim the title of fastest crew at the Dublin Head of the River. Trinity took the Diane Cook trophy for best overall club. 

Dublin Head of the River 2012 – Selected Results

Overall: 1 UCD senior eight 10 minutes 29 seconds, 2 St Michael’s sen eight 10:35, 3 Neptune, Carlow, Offaly sen eight 10:44, 4 Trinity intermediate eight 10:48, 5 UCD inter eight 11:00, 6 Trinity novice eight 11:05.

Pennants – Men, Eight – Senior: 1 UCD 10:29, 2 St Michael’s 10:35, 3 Neptune, Carlow, Offaly 10:44. Intermediate: 1 Trinity 10:48, 2 UCD 11:00, 3 Queen’s. Novice: 1 Trinity 11:05, 2 Queen’s 11:21, 3 Neptune 11:21. Junior: 1 Commercial 11:26, 2 Neptune 11:27, 3 Blackrock 12:29. Masters: 1 Commercial 11:24. Fours, coxed – Senior: Commercial 13:01.

Women, Eight – Senior: 1 St Michael’s, University of Limerick 12:05, 2 Queen’s 12:21, 3 UCD. Intermediate: 1 Trinity 12:14, 2 UCD 12:41, 3 Commercial 13:05. Novice/Junior: Shannon 13:29.

 

 

 


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ROWING: UCD took three of the four titles on offer at a lively set of Colours Races in Dublin today. Trinity’s novice women denied the college a second consecutive clean sweep in perfect conditions.

In the men’s senior race, the Gannon Cup, Trinity took a surprise early lead. The bigger UCD eight reeled them in and as the crews passed the Four Courts, UCD had taken a lead they were not to lose. This gave Turlough Hughes of UCD a win over his twin brother Patrick, who rowed for Trinity.

The Corcoran Cup for senior women saw UCD lead all the way, though Trinity exerted serious pressure in the closing stages.

The two novice races were notable for different reasons. In the men’s race, UCD got off to an astounding start and won much as they liked. The women’s was the best contest of the day. Leaders UCD could not hold off the late surge of Trinity, who won by over a length.

Colours Races 2012

Senior Men (Gannon Cup): UCD bt Trinity  1l

Novice Men (Dan Quinn Shield): UCD bt Trinity distance

Senior Women (Corcoran Cup): UCD bt Trinity 1¼ l

Novice Women: Trinity bt UCD 1¼ l

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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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