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Fenit Name New Lifeboat in Memory of Bangor Couple
A brand new RNLI inshore lifeboat was officially named 'Bradley and Sonya' during a moving ceremony on Saturday 25th September at Fenit which is located on north side of Tralee Bay on the far south west coast of Ireland. The…
New Tamar-Class Lifeboat: A First for RNLI in Ireland
Next month sees the introduction of the first RNLI Tamar-class lifeboat to enter service at an Irish lifeboat station, writes Jehan Ashmore. Costing €3m, the RNLB Killarney is to be stationed in Kilmore Quay. The new vessel is expected to…
Enniskillen and Baltimore Busiest Irish Lifeboats, Launching Five Times a Day in Summer
Preliminary figures* for summer 2010, issued today (22 September) by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), show the charity's Irish lifeboats launched on average five times every day during June, July and August. RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch 450…
Fenit RNLI to name new D Class Lifeboat after Bangor Couple
A special naming and dedication ceremony will be held this Saturday (25 September 2010) at 3.00pm when volunteer lifeboat crew and supporters with Fenit RNLI lifeboat station in Kerry will gather to name their new IB1 lifeboat Bradley and Sonya. …
Portrush Lifeboat Station Celebrates 150 years
A service of thanksgiving marked the start of a year of events to celebrate Portrush Lifeboat Station's 150 years of saving lives at sea. The volunteer lifeboat crewmembers, fundraisers and supporters held a service in Portrush with the Inshore Boat…
Free Lifejacket Check in Dun Laoghaire Today
With the summer boating season coming to a close, the RNLI’s Sea Safety team is back in Dun Laoghaire this morning and people who use the water are being invited to get their lifejackets checked out for free and find…
Bangor Lifeboat Crew to Receive Freedom of the Borough
Bangor RNLI volunteers are to be awarded North Down Borough Councils highest honour for their heroic service. Bangor RNLI will be given the Freedom of the Borough on Saturday 18 September 2010 in tribute to its 45 years of sterling…
Lifeboat Assists Vessel with Engine Failure on Lough Derg
At 7.30pm tonight Lough RNLI Derg lifeboat towed a vessel to safety after it suffered engine failure. 15 minutes earlier the lifeboat was requested to launch to assist three persons in distress on board the 38ft motor cruiser. The lifeboat with…
Sailor Rescued from Burning Boat off Cork Coast
A lone sailor had just enough time to send out a Mayday Call last night before abandoning his blazing 28-ft pleasure craft nine miles east of Ballycotton Lighthouse on the Cork coast. Youghal and Ballycotton lifeboat stations responded to the…
New Lifeboat for Portrush
The volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew at Portrush have taken delivery of a brand new state of the art Inshore lifeboat and have wasted no time in putting the new lifeboat through its paces. The new £30,000 lifeboat is named David…
Portrush Youngster Raises More Lifeboat Funds
Christy Bradley is Portrush Lifeboats youngest fundraiser and has carried out yet another fundraising event to pay for crew training! Christy has a special reason to be interested in raising funds for crew training as his dad Gerard is a…
Galway Lifeboat Launches Twice with Boats in Difficulty
Galway RNLI lifeboat was called out to two separate incidents on Galway Bay yesterday when two boats got into difficulty, one near Barna with three people on board and the other near Galway Docks. The first incident involved a 30ft…
New Rescue Boat Launched for Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue Service
Ballybunion Sea & Cliff Rescue Service in North Kerry officially launched their new Atlantic 75 rescue boat yesterday. After three years of negotiations and build time the 7.5 metre Rigid Inflatable Boat arrived earlier this year. After several months of…
Red Bay Crew in Line for '999 Hero Award'
Great to read this morning that the Red Bay RNLI lifeboat crew are in line for an award in the Belast Telegraph's 'Making The Difference Awards'. It is a new scheme to recognise those heroes across Northern Ireland whose stories never…
Bundoran RNLI Pushes the Boat Out
This Saturday (4 September 2010) Bundoran RNLI lifeboat crew will literally be pushing the boat out to raise funds for the life saving charity.  They will be holding a boat push from Ballyshannon to Bundoran in Donegal and want people…
Dun Laoghaire Lifeboats Assist Swamped Yacht
Both lifeboats at Dun Laoghaire RNLI station were launched this afternoon when a 20 foot yacht with two persons on board got into difficulty close to a rocky shoreline on Dublin Bay. The incident occurred around 5pm when the Flying 15 keelboat…

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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