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# ROWING: The Ireland team for the Home Countries International in Cardiff on July 21st includes Colm Dowling and Shane Mac Eoin from the Cork Boat Club four which competed in the Wyfold at Henley Royal Regatta. Tiernan Oliver of Queen’s University will compete in the men’s four and eight, though he came into the season a novice.

The following Senior Men have been selected to compete for Rowing Ireland at the Home International
Regatta 2012
1X Kevin Coughlan Carlow RC Coach
Paddy Behan Carlow RC
Lwt 1X Kevin O’Connor St. Michaels RC
2x Cian Pidgeon Castleconnell RC
Michael Bailey Neptune RC
Lwt 2x Niall Murphy Carlow RC
Shane Byrne Carlow RC
4x Kevin Coughlan Carlow RC
Kevin O’Connor St. Michaels RC
Cian Pidgeon Castleconnell RC
Michael Bailey Neptune RC
2- Aidan McEvoy St. Michaels RC Coach
Mark O’Brien St. Michaels RC Jonathan Shinnors St. Michaels RC
Lwt 2- Paul Sweetman Commercial RC
Stephen Connolly Commercial RC
4- Shane McEoin Cork BC
Colm Dowling Cork BC
Peter Gillanders Queens Uni BC
Tiernan Oliver Queens Uni BC
4+ Richard Looney Lee RC
Padraic O’Connell Lee RC
Declan O’Connor Lee RC
Patrick Quinn St. Michaels RC
Gavin Connolly - Cox Commercial RC
8+ Aidan McEvoy St. Michaels RC
Mark O’Brien St. Michaels RC
Shane McEoin Cork BC
Colm Dowling Cork BC
Peter Gillanders Queens Uni BC
Tiernan Oliver Queens Uni BC
Richard Looney Lee RC
Padraic O’Connell Lee RC
Gavin Connolly - Cox Commercial RC
The crews listed above are not listed in seat order in the boats
The following Senior Women have been selected to compete for Rowing Ireland at the Home International
Regatta 2012
1X Monika Dukarska Killorglin RC Coach
John O’Keeffe Three Castles RC
Lwt 1X Karen Corcoran-O’Hare Shandon RC
2x Helen Walshe Three Castles RC
Eimear Moran Three Castles RC
Lwt 2x Karen Corcoran-O’Hare Shandon RC
Saoirse Horgan Shandon RC
4x Helen Walshe Three Castles RC
Eimear Moran Three Castles RC
Monika Dukarska Killorglin RC
Saoirse Horgan Shandon BC
2- Jessica O’Keeffe St. Michaels RC Coach
Ailish Sheehan St. Michaels RC Martin Kilbane Cork BC
Lwt 2- Liz Gill St. Michaels RC
Fran Judge UCDLBC
4- Anna Wickham Cork BC
Marie O’Neill Cork BC
Caroline Murray Commercial RC
Emer Nic Aiodh Commercial RC
4+ Jessica O’Keeffe St. Michaels RC
Ailish Sheehan St. Michaels RC
Sheila Clavin St. Michaels RC
Orla McEvoy St. Michaels RC
Kirsten Joyce - Cox UCDLBC
8+ Ailish Sheehan St. Michaels RC
Anna Wickham Cork BC
Marie O’Neill Cork BC
Caroline Murray Commercial RC
Emer Nic Aiodh Commercial RC
Sheila Clavin St. Michaels RC
Orla McEvoy St. Michaels RC
Alice O’Sullivan UL RC
Kirsten Joyce - Cox UCDLBC
The crews listed above are not listed in seat order in the boats
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# ROWING: The Cork Boat Club four of John Paul Collins, Stephen Carroll, Colm Dowling and Shane Mac Eoin put in a good challenge in the second round of the Wyfold Cup but could not overcome Rob Roy from Cambridge at Henley Royal Regatta. The English crew led by half a length at the quarter mile and held off Cork’s pushes to extend their lead.

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

Henley Royal Regatta, Day Two (Irish interest)

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

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

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# ROWING: Ireland’s only eight competing at Henley Royal Regatta bowed out of the Temple Cup today. Trinity led the University of Michigan at the Barrier and Fawley (roughly halfway). A push by Trinity was ineffective, but the Americans staged their own which took them into the lead. They took control and won by one and a quarter lengths.

Henley Royal Regatta, Day One (Irish interest)

Temple Cup (Eights, Student): University of Michigan (USA) bt Trinity 1 ¼ l, 7:12

Prince Albert Cup (Coxed Fours, Student): Imperial College bt Queen’s University 1¾ l, 8:07

Wyfold Cup (Fours, Club): Cork BC bt Cardiff City 1l, 7:52; Rob Roy bt Henley B 4l, 7:56

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# ROWING: Cork Boat Club gave Ireland its first race win at Henley 2012, when they came through their first round test against Cardiff City in the Wyfold for club fours. The Cork crew eked out a lead early on, but Cardiff mounted a challenge right to the end when the pressure told and their steering faltered. Cork won by a length.

Imperial Boat Club, who were seeded, ousted Queen’s University in the Prince Albert for student coxed fours.

Henley Royal Regatta, Day One (Irish interest)

Temple Cup (Eights, Student): Brown University (USA) bt Dartmouth 2½ l, 6:57;

Prince Albert Cup (Coxed Fours, Student): Imperial College bt Queen’s University 1¾ l, 8:07

Wyfold Cup (Fours, Club): Cork BC bt Cardiff City 1l, 7:52; Rob Roy bt Henley B 4l, 7:56

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# ROWING; Four Ireland crews have been chosen to represent Ireland at junior level at the World Senior and Junior Championships in Plovdiv in Bulgaria in August. The men's single of Paul O'Donovan and the pair of Joel Cassells and Chris Black will be joined by Kate O'Brien in the junior women's single and a junior women's quadruple. The teams for the Coupe de la Jeunesse and the Home Internationals have also been picked. 

JM1X Paul O’Donovan (Skibbereen RC)
Coach: Teddy O’Donovan
JW 1x Kate O’Brien (St.Michael’s RC)
Coach : HP Team
JM2‐ Joel Cassells (Bann RC)
Chris Black (Bann RC)
Coach: Seamus Reynolds
JW4X‐ Bridget Jacques (Belfast Boat Club)
Hilary Shinnick (Fermoy RC)
Katie Cromie (Portora BC)
Bernadette Walsh (Skibbereen RC )
Coaches: Derek Holland , Nathan Adams
Team Manager: Martin McElroy
Lead Coach : Derek Holland
Details regarding the Junior World Rowing Championships can be found at‐world‐rowing‐senior‐and‐juniorchampionships
JM4‐ Henry Millar (Portora BC)
Lloyd Seaman (Portora BC)
Finnion Tolan (St. Joseph’s RC)
James Egan (St. Joseph’s RC)
Coaches: Derek Holland , David Ewart
JM2X Andrew Griffin (Neptune RC)
David Quinlan (Castleconnell BC)
Coaches: John Holland
JM4X Aodhan Burns (Skibbereen RC)
John Mitchell (Lee RC)
Jack Casey (Shandon BC)
Paddy Hegarty (Skibbereen RC)
Coaches: John Holland , Teddy O’Donovan
JW4x Aileen Crowley (Muckross RC)
Lucie Litvack (Belfast Boat Club)
Sarah Allen (Bann RC)
Sarah Higgins (Cork BC)
Coach: Nathan Adams
JW2‐ Brooke Edgar (Bann RC)
Aoife Cooper (Muckross RC)
Coach: Seamus Reynolds
Team Manager: Clare Cox
Lead Coach: Derek Holland
Details regarding the Coupe de la Jeunesse can be found at‐us/competicio/rem2012/inici.aspx
JM4‐ / JM 8+ William Yeomans (Commercial RC)
Colm O’Riada (Commercial RC)
Gary Thornton (Portora BC)
Chris Alcorn (Bann RC)
JM4+/ JM8+ Eric McEvoy (St.Josephs RC)
Aiden Kinneen (St.Josephs RC)
Kevin Keohane (Presentation College)
Niall Crowley (Presentation College)
JM2‐ Shane Walsh (Galway RC)
Alan Murtagh (Galway RC)
Colm Connelly – Cox (St. Joseph’s RC)
Coaches: John Walsh, Jamie Bradley
JM4X‐ Matthew Ryan (Skibbereen RC)
Andy Harrington (Shandon RC)
Daniel Buckley (Lee RC)
Paudie Leonard (Skibbereen RC)
Coach : David O’Donovan
JM2X Andrew Bell (Colaiste Iognaid)
Patrick Boomer (Methodist College )
JM1X David O’Malley (St.Michaels’s RC)
Coach: James Boomer
JW4‐ / JW8+ Ruth Gilligan (Shannon RC)
Lauren McHugh (Shannon RC)
Ruth Cummins (Galway RC)
Kellie Wade (Galway RC)
JW4+ / JW8+ Hanna McCarthy (St.Michael’s RC)
Hanna O’Sullivan (St.Michael’s RC)
Emily Hutchinson (Bann RC)
Fiona Murtagh (Galway RC)
JW2‐ Kara O’Connor (Muckross RC)
Jasmine English (Methodist College)
Affric O’Regan Cox (Galway RC)
Coach: Iain Cumiskey, Michael O’Callaghan
JW 4x Leonie Hamel (Cork BC)
Megan McLaughlin (Cork BC)
Rosin Merz (Shandon RC)
Laura Coleman (Shandon BC)
Coach: David O’Donovan
JW 2x Kathrine Cremin (Muckross RC)
Sadbh Cassidy (Neptune RC)
JW 1x Ella Ciallis (Skibbereen RC)
Coach: Cathal Moynihan
Team manager: Lisa O’Callaghan
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#ROWING: Skibbereen Rowing Club are the eFlow Go Row League champions of 2012. The west Cork club amassed 466 points over the three rounds and won Division One for men and for women.

All three regattas which hosted the eFlow League had huge entries. Skibbereen Rowing Club held the first regatta of the series at the National Rowing Centre in April and had 560 entries, becoming the biggest one-day regatta ever held in Ireland. Queen’s University staged the second round at Castlewellan and Cork Regatta at the NRC last weekend was the final in the series. Metropolitan Regatta at Blessington Lakes, which would have been the third round, had to be cancelled because of high winds.

“We’re very pleased to have won,” said Dominic Casey, the head coach of Skibbereen. “I think the league is good for rowing. The entry speaks for itself.”

There are prizes of €400 for each division winner and €400 to the overall points leader.  

Casey’s club was taking its third League title in succession. This season they were pushed hard by Queen’s University in the men’s class (192 points to 172), while Three Castles, who are based at Blessington, were second in women’s Division One. Lee won men’s Division Two and Commercial of Dublin took women’s Division Two.

eFlow Go Row League 2012

Overall: 1 Skibbereen RC 466, 2 Lee RC 303, 3 St Michael’s RC 296, 4 Cork BC 270, 5 UCD BC 267, 6 NUIG BC 259, 7 Queen’s BC 255, 8 Dublin University BC 208, 9 Commercial RC 208, 10 Shandon BC 204.

Men – Division One: 1 Skibbereen 192, 2 Queen’s 172, 3 NUIG 114, 4 St Michael’s 89, 5 Bann 73, 6 Cork 59. Division Two: 1 Lee 225, 2 Queen’s 83, 3 Skibbereen 77.

Women – Division One: 1 Skibbereen 188, 2 Three Castles RC 139, 3 St Michael’s 119, 4 Queen’s LBC 88, 5 Cork 86, 6 NUIG 74. Division Two: 1 Commercial 109, 2 Queen’s LBC 88, 3 Dublin University LBC 76.

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#ROWING: Galway crews came out on top in Division One of the men’s eights at Cork Regatta at the National Rowing Centre in Cork. The Grainne Mhaol/NUIG senior eight overcame NUIG’s intermediate eight, with the St Joseph’s junior crew third.

Helen Walshe and Eimear Moran of Three Castles added the Division One doubles title to the singles title Walshe had won the previous night.

Men, Eight – Division One – A Final: 1 Grainne Mhaol/NUIG (senior) 6:19.4, 2 NUIG (intermediate) 6:23.7, 3 St Joseph’s (junior 18A) 6:33.3; 4 UCD (inter) 6:38.9, 5 Galway (jun 18A) 6:40.9. B Final: Neptune (jun 18A) 6:50.8. Division Two: 1 Trinity (nov) 6:19.4, 2 UCD (nov) 6:19.7, 3 Neptune (jun 16) 6:25.9.

Four – Division One: 1 Grainne Maol (sen) 6:20.3, 2 Cork (sen) 6:24.3, 3 St Michael’s (sen) 6:27.3; 4 NUIG (u-23) 6:55.5.

Four, coxed – Division One – A Final: 1 UCD (inter) 6:37.8, 2 NUIG (inter) 6:40.2, 3 Portora (jun 18A) 6:49.1. B Final: St Michael’s (jun 18A) 6:48.3. Division Two, coxed – A Final: 1 Trinity (nov) 7:22.4, 2 UCC (nov) 7:23.7, 3 UCD (nov) 7:27.5. B Final: 1 NUIG (nov) 7:42.6; 2 Cork (jun 16) 7:44.2.

Sculling, Quadruple – Division One – A Final: 1 Skibbereen (sen) 6:40.5, 2 Skibbereen (jun 18A) 6:45.2, 3 Carlow (sen) 6:48.5. B Final: NUIG (inter) 7:13.1.

Division Two, coxed – A Final: 1 Shandon (nov) 7:15.6, 2 Neptune (nov) 7:16.2, 3 Commercial (jun 16) 7:31.8. B Final: Shandon (jun 18B) 7:43.6.

Double – Division One – A Final: 1 Neptune (inter) 7:06.9, 2 UCD (sen) 7:07.7, 3 Castleconnell (u-23) 7:09.8; 5 Skibbereen (jun 18A) 7:28.4. B Final: Skibbereeen (inter) 7:11.1. C Final: Garda (inter) 7:13.8. Division Two – A Final: 1 Cappoquin (nov) 7:33.8, 2 Skibbereen (nov) 7:36.8, 3 Lee (Jun 18B) 7:46.0. B Final: 1 Shannon (jun 18B) 7:51.6; 2 Athlone (jun 16) 7:54.6. C Final: Shandon (jun 18B) 8:17.0.

Single - Division Two: 1 Skibbereen (O’Neill, nov) 7:47.3, 2 Cork A (Burgess, jun 18B) 8:00.6, 3 Neptune (McCarthy, nov) 8:03.2. B Final: Shannon (Carmody; jun 16) 7:55.6; C Final: Cork D (Murphy; jun 16) 7:56.9. Masters: Clonmel (Kinsella).


Eight – Division One: 1 Trinity (u-23) 6:41.4, 2 Galway (jun 18A) 6:47.3, 3 St Michael’s (inter) 6:52.1; 4 Skibbereen (u-23) 6:56.5, 5 NUIG (inter) 7:05.6. Division Two: 1 Trinity (nov) 7:39.5, 2 NUIG (Nov) 7:52.9, 3 Cork (nov) 8:00.6; 5 Shannon (jun 16) 8:27.1, 6 Shandon (jun 18B) 8:30.8.

Four – Division One - A Final: 1 Skibbereen (sen) 7:42.2, 2 Cork (sen) 7:47.3, 3 NUIG (sen) 7:55.0; 4 St Michael’s (jun 18A) 8:07.3. B Final: 1 Galway (jun 18A) 8:04.0.

Four, coxed - Division One: 1 Trinity (inter) 7:37.6, 2 University of Limerick (inter) 7:46.2, 3 Commercial (inter) 7:47.8. Division Two: 1 Trinity (nov) 7:46.0, 2 University of Limerick 7:46.2, 3 NUIG (nov) 7:56.9. B Final: Trinity B 8:07.1.

Sculling, Quadruple – Division One: 1 Skibbereen (sen) 7:06.3, 2 Shandon (jun 18A) 7:10.3, 3 Cork (jun 18A) 7:10.3. Division Two, coxed – A Final: 1 Carlow (jun 16) 7:38.8, 2 Galway (jun 16) 7:41.3. B Final: 1 Commercial (jun 16) 7:55.6; 4 Muckross (jun 18B) 8:47.7; 5 Commercial (nov) 9:20.3.

Double – Division One – A Final: 1 Three Castles (sen) 7:14.3, 2 Skibbereen (under-23) 7:39.1, 3 Skibbereen (u-23) 7:42.6. B Final: Neptune (jun 18) 7:53.4. C Final: Clonmel B (jun 18A) 8:22.1.

Single – Division Two – A Final: 1 Shandon (Callnan, jun 18B) 9:16.1, 2 St Michael’s B (Madden; jun 18B) 9:26.8, 3 Fermoy (Sohun; jun 16) 9:33.4. B Final: 1 Muckross (Cremin; jun 16) 9:23.3; 2 University of Limerick (Kearney; novice) 9:29.4. C Final: Fermoy (Freeman; jun 16) 9:25.6.

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# ROWING: Cork Regatta provided John Keohane with a fine boost as he heads off to compete in the Diamond Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta, as the Lee Valley man beat Paul O'Donovan into second in Division One of the men's single sculls at the National Rowing Centre last night.

Helen Walshe of Three Castles won the women's single, beating clubmate Eimear Moran into second as darkness fell at the NRC. Walshe, like Keohane, thus took  two of the eFlow Go Row Grand League rounds. The Division One titles in men's and women's pairs were won by St Michael's of Limerick.


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# ROWING: In the qualifying races for Henley Royal Regatta this evening, UCD's senior women's eight was well outside the mark to qualify for the Remenham Cup, but Colin Williamson of Queen's University did enough to make his way into the draw for the Diamond Sculls for single sculls.

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#ROWING: Two Irish club crews and two Rowing Ireland crews reached finals at Henley Women’s Regatta. Queen’s University came close to winning in the senior coxed four, but lost out, as did the UCD senior eight and Ireland squad athletes Lisa Dilleen, in the elite single and the elite double.

Irish crews also had a string of second places at Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake on Saturday. However, Trinity won the intermediate one eights.

Henley Women’s Regatta (Irish interest, finals)

Eight – Senior: Newcastle University bt UCD 3 ½ l, 5:39

Four – Senior, coxed: Upper Thames bt Queen’s University 2/3 l 6:02


Double – Elite: Leander bt Rowing Ireland 3 2/3 l 6:01

Single – Elite: Sport Imperial (Gooderham) bt Rowing Ireland (Dilleen) easily 6:58

Marlow Regatta, Dorney Lake (Selected, Irish interest, finals)


Eights – Senior: 6 Queen’s University 6:25.68. Intermediate One, Division One: 1 Trinity 6:24.14

Four – Elite: 5 Rowing Ireland 6:48.54


Quadruple - Elite: 2 Rowing Ireland 6:31.16. Junior 18, Division One: 5 Carlow 8:01.63

Double – Elite: 2 RBAI 7:51.18

Single – Elite: 2 Lee Valley (J Keohane) 8:33.16

Sunday (1,000-metre racing; Irish interest, selected)

Sculling, Single – Intermediate Two: 1 Carlow (N Murphy) 3:42.46

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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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