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Carrybridge RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Douglas Euan and Kay Richards and rescue water craft
Carrybridge RNLI is looking for new volunteer crew members to join its search and rescue service on Lough Erne. The station, on the River Erne between the upper and lower loughs, is now calling on potential recruits to come forward…
Bundoran RNLI’s volunteer crew make their way to the scene
Four people have been rescued from an island off the Sligo coast after their vessel washed up on rocks. Bundoran RNLI’s volunteer crew launched to the incident at Inishmurray Island yesterday afternoon (Sunday 3 November) along with the Irish Coast…
Portaferry and Newcastle RNLI working with Rescue 116 to rescue the crew of the grounded fishing boat
Five crew were rescued from a fishing vessel that ran aground on rocks on approach to Ardglass Harbour early yesterday morning (Wednesday 23 October). Portaferry and Newcastle RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews launched to assist after a Mayday call from the…
Derry and Kilmore Quay RNLI kitchen volunteers
The great and the good of Kilmore Quay turned out on Friday night (18 October) last weekend to dine on a fish supper with a difference which raised €2,518 for saving lives at sea. Overseeing the cooking was Michelin Star…
File image of Bundoran RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
A diving group stranded off the Donegal coast when their dive boat broke down were rescued by the Bundoran RNLI lifeboat crew yesterday afternoon (Sunday 20 October) Receiving the call from Malin Head Coast Guard shortly before 1pm, the lifeboat crew, who…
Lough Derg RNLI
Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was requested by Valentia Coast Guard to assist a family of three, two adults and a child, on a 21ft cruiser suffering engine failure near the County Clare shore today. Weather conditions were calm with Force…
Valentia RNLI escorting the fishing vessel to Dingle Harbour
Valentia RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat this morning to assist a fisherman with suspected spinal injuries following a collision. At 1.17 am the Valentia Coast Guard requested Valentia RNLI all-weather lifeboat to launch to an injured fisherman onboard a…
Carrybridge RNLI's inshore lifeboat en route to the stricken vessel near Killyhelvin jetty
Carrybridge RNLI's inshore lifeboat and rescue water craft (RWC) were launched last night (Monday 7 October) after 7pm to a vessel with two people on board which had suffered engine failure around half a mile upstream from the Killyhevlin jetty.…
Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Blue Peter V
Portaferry RNLI celebrated the lifeboat station’s 40th anniversary this past weekend with a party and presentation evening for crew members and their families. During the course of the evening, the crew paid thanks to past and present members for their…
Lough Ree RNLI’s inshore lifeboat The Eric Rowse
Lough Ree RNLI’s lifeboat volunteer will be showcased on the small screen in an upcoming episode of BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea. Tune in to BBC Two on Tuesday 15 October at 8pm to see the Lough Ree…
Fenit Lifeboat
Fenit RNLI launched in gale force conditions during Storm Lorenzo this evening to search for a windsurfer reported missing off Brandon Bay in County Kerry. The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 7.23 pm this…
The Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat
Aran Islands RNLI carried out a medical evacuation this morning during Storm Lorenzo. The volunteer crew were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat at 9.51am today at the request of the Irish Coast Guard. A lady on Inis…
Fethard's inshore D class lifeboat
Fethard RNLI rescued a man and his two dogs after they got cut off by the tide while out walking north of Creaden Head in County Waterford on Sunday evening (29 September). The inshore D class lifeboat was requested to…
See the video of this rescue below
As Afloat reported last Friday, in very challenging weather conditions Clifden RNLI launched two lifeboats after the Irish Coast Guard requested them to go to the aid of a lone sailor who had gone ashore on Inishark Island. The full…
Lough Ree RNLI
At 9.15 am this morning Lough Ree RNLI Lifeboat was tasked by the Irish Coast Guard in Malin Head to come to the assistance of one person onboard a 70-foot motorboat which had taken on a lot of water overnight…
Deirdre King, Marketing Manager, Pavilions Shopping Centre and Ian Hunter, Centre Director, Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords, County Dublin presenting the RNLI with a cheque for €10,600. Representing the RNLI from Left to Right are Conor Walsh Divisional Maintenance Manager, Jan Doyle, Chairperson of Skerries RNLI Fundraising Branch, Skerries RNLI crewmember Steven Campion standing, and Skerries crewmembers Stephen Johnson and Paddy Dillon kneeling
The RNLI has been presented with a cheque for €10,600 from Swords Pavilions Shopping Centre following a successful charity partnership. The search and rescue charity which operates two lifeboat stations in North Dublin, at Howth and Skerries, raised funds throughout…

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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