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RNLI Lifeboat News From Ireland
Comedian PJ Gallagher Backs RNLI’s ‘Mayday’ Appeal to Fundraise at Home During Coronavirus Restrictions
Lifesaving charity, the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), is encouraging people to help save lives at sea and on inland waters by fundraising at home for its annual Mayday fundraising appeal. The RNLI’s Mayday campaign normally sees people taking part…
Achill Island RNLI’s lifeboat Sam and Ada Moody
The past weekend’s good weather tempted a group of jet-skiers who subsequently ran into difficulty in Clew Bay, as The Irish Times reports. Achill Island RNLI launched its lifeboat on Saturday evening (25 April) to reports of three men on…
File photo of Wicklow’s relief all-weather lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater
Wicklow RNLI brought four fishermen to safety yesterday evening (Monday 27 April) after their vessel got into difficulties off the Wicklow coast. The all-weather lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater put to sea shortly before 7pm under the command of coxswain…
Bill Deans MBE, lifeboat operations manager at Aberdeen RNLI
Aberdeen RNLI has urged surfers to stay ashore during the Covid-19 pandemic to “protect emergency services and save lives”. The call came after the volunteer crew of the station in north-east Scotland were forced to break self-isolation and launch their…
Arklow RNLI volunteer crew look for signs of distress under searchlights on Saturday night
While the community was shining a light in support of frontline workers this past Easter weekend, Arklow RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew were making their way to the lifeboat station following reports of a distress flare being sighted off the coast.…
Larne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Terry at the cliff near Muck Island
Larne RNLI searched for a dog today (Thursday 9 April) when it was reported missing after falling over a cliff near Muck Island, close to Islandmagee in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland. The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch by…
Valentia RNLI Lifeboat Comes to the Aid of Ill Fisherman
Valentia RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat this morning to assist a fisherman who required medical attention. At 07.25 am the Valentia Coast Guard requested Valentia RNLI all-weather lifeboat to launch to an ill fisherman onboard a 22m fishing vessel,…
RNLI chief executive Mark Dowie
The RNLI’s chief executive, Mark Dowie, said he will take a 50% pay cut to help the storm caused by the coronavirus. And the charity that saves lives at sea is also planning to put some 30% of staff on…
Portree lifeboat approaches the grounded cargo ship MV Kaami
Eight crew were rescued from a cargo ship out of Drogheda that ran aground off the Isle of Skye in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides early yesterday morning (Monday 23 March). The MV Kaami had left Drogheda Port on the evening of…
Portrush RNLI Appoints a New Coxswain Mechanic
Portrush RNLI has appointed a new Coxswain/Mechanic to replace the recently retired Anthony Chambers. Dave Robinson has been a popular volunteer crew member at the station for seven years and was successful at interview in February 2020. Dave (aged 27)…
RNLI Recruiting For Summer Media Placement At Ireland Base
The RNLI is offering a paid summer media engagement placement based at Swords in North Dublin. This full-time temporary role (for between three and six months) interviews on the week of Monday 13 April and would be best suited to someone…
File image of Skerries RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat
Skerries RNLI launched yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 4 March) after Dublin Coast Guard made them aware of a swimmer in difficulty at Red Island headland in Skerries. The volunteer crew launched the Atlantic 85 lifeboat shortly after 12pm and proceeded to…
Carrybridge RNLI reach the cruiser aground
At 4.17pm on Wednesday 4 March, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards, and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) was launched to a vessel with one person on board which had run aground approx. 2 miles North of Carrybridge.…
Howth RNLI’s inshore lifeboat approaches the stranded duo (circled) at the base of cliffs in Balscadden Bay
Howth RNLI launched their Inshore lifeboat yesterday (Tuesday 3 March) to rescue two people stranded on rocks in Balscadden Bay. Pagers sounded at 1.58pm after a call was placed to the coastguard reporting two people stranded at the base of…
Volunteer coxswains present Anthony Chambers with a gift from the crew
Lifeboat teams from Portrush and farther afield gathered in the North Coast town on Friday (28 February) to bid farewell to one of their own, as mechanic/coxswain and crew member Anthony Chambers retires after more than 40 years. The Chambers…
Skerries volunteers in their inshore lifeboat alongside Howth RNLI
The first time this year that pagers sounded for the volunteers of Skerries RNLI may have ended in a false alarm. But the crew of the North Co Dublin lifeboat station confirms it takes any activation of an emergency beacon…

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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