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TV3 Christmas Special to Feature 'Unsung Heroes' of Arklow RNLI
#RNLI - Volunteers from Arklow RNLI in Co Wicklow are to feature in a Christmas special to be broadcast on TV3. The documentary, Unsung Heroes, will highlight the efforts of those who provide the essential rescue service throughout the year,…
Donaghdee RNLI Comes To Aid of Drifting Fishing Boat
#RNLI - Donaghadee RNLI has assisted two people whose boat got into difficulty off Co Down. The station’s volunteer lifeboat crew was out on a training exercise on Sunday morning when they were requested to go to the aid of…
Lough Swilly RNLI Rescues Crew From Stricken Fishing Boat
#RNLI - Lough Swilly RNLI rescued five people onboard a 50ft fishing boat yesterday evening (Sunday 2 December) after the vessel’s engine broke down in Co Donegal. During what was a nine-hour callout in tough weather conditions, Portrush RNLI also…
New Lifeboat Station for Castletownbere RNLI
#RNLI - The Southern Star reports that Castletownbere RNLI in West Cork has a found a permanent home with the construction of a new station and pontoon. Coxswain Brian O'Driscoll told the paper that the new station was "a long…
Crosshaven Lifeboat Rescues Skipper from Sinking Fishing Boat
#rnli – Last night at 8.40pm, as the Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat was returning from exercise, information was received from Valentia Coast Guard Radio of a distress flare sighted about 1 miles South of Gyleen. Further information received was of a…
Lucky Escape for Fishermen as Photos of Fishing Vessel Show Fire off Hook Head
#rnli –  The  lifeboat crew with Dunmore East RNLI responded to a callout yesterday to a vessel on fire four miles south of Hook Head in County Waterford. The fishing vessel Kingfisher, with two crew onboard, issued a Mayday after…
RNLI Warns Over 'Bogus Santa' Collector
#RNLI - The RNLI has warned the public in Donegal to keep on the lookout after reports that a man in a Santa Claus outfit was falsely claiming to be collecting for the lifeboat charity at the weekend. A spokesperson…
Dunmore East Volunteer is RNLI Photographer of the Year
#RNLI - Neville Murphy of Dunmore East lifeboat station has been named the RNLI's Photographer of the Year for 2012. The public came out in force on Facebook to vote for 'The Calm', his shot of heavy weather jackets hanging…
Help Choose a Winner for RNLI Photographer of the Year
#LIFEBOATS - The shortlist has been announced for the RNLI's annual Photographer of the Year competition - and for the first time in its seven-year history, the charity is inviting members of the public to vote for their favourite. The…
RNLI Receives Thank-You After Cow Rescued from Irish Sea
#LIFEBOATS - The volunteer lifeboat crew at Trearddur Bay in Anglesey, north Wales have received a kind donation and a thank-you card from the owner of Daisy, a cow recently rescued after falling from a cliff into the Irish Sea. Danielle…
Isle of Man Lifeboat Volunteers Recognised by Queen
#LIFEBOATS - Volunteers with Douglas RNLI in the Isle of Man were presented with Diamond Jubilee medals from the Queen last week in recognition of their tireless service to saving lives in the Irish Sea. And they couldn't have found a…
Surfers Train as Lifeguards in Jersey
#RNLI - In what seems like a perfect match of skills, BBC News reports on a group of five surfers from Jersey who are being trained as lifeguards by the RNLI. The surfers have graduated from voluntary beach patrols to…
Boys Rescued From Rocks Off North NI Coast
#LIFEBOATS - Two teens were rescued from rocks off north Co Derry on Wednesday afternoon, the Belfast Telegraph reports. The 13-year-old boys were stranded by the incoming tide in the East Promenade area of Portstewart. PSNI officers called to the…
Castletownbere Lifeboat Assists Grounded Spanish Trawler
#rnli – Castletownbere lifeboat crew responded to an early morning callout on Saturday when they launched at 5am to reports that a Spanish fishing trawler had grounded at Ard na Kinna on the western point of Bere Island in Cork. …
Late Night Mayday Response for Holyhead RNLI
#LIFEBOATS - Holyhead RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was dispatched late on Wednesday night (24 October) in response to a distress call from a yacht in the Irish Sea. The volunteer crew received the request from Holyhead Coastguard after a mayday call…
Cork Lifeboat Rescues Sailor from Capsized Sailing Dinghy
#lifeboat – A pan pan message was sent out and the Ballycotton lifeboat crew pagers were activated this afternoon for a capsized sailing dinghy. The alert was for a capsized sailing dinghy one mile north east of Ballycotton lighthouse with…

RNLI Ireland Information

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts.

The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and the Channel Islands.

The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives.

How many RNLI stations are there in Ireland?

46 stations

The RNLI currently operates from 46 stations in the Republic and Northern Ireland. Different classes of lifeboat are needed for various locations. So RNLI lifeboats are divided into two category types: all-weather and inshore.

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