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File image of Baltimore’s all-weather lifeboat
Baltimore RNLI was called out yesterday afternoon (Friday 20 December) to assist a fishing vessel in difficulty off the coast of the West Cork village. The all-weather lifeboat was launched at 1.16pm at the request of the Irish Coast Guard…
Deputy launching authority Brendan O’Driscoll (left) presents John Innes with a certificate of service
The volunteers of Youghal RNLI recently gathered at Berties bar in the East Cork town to mark the retirement of long-serving crew member John Innes. John first became involved in 1987 and was fully enrolled as a crew member by…
Lough Swilly, Portrush & Arranmore RNLI Rescue Five Fishermen in Storm Force Conditions (VIDEO)
Lough Swilly, Portrush and Arranmore RNLI volunteers spent almost 15 hours at sea in storm force conditions at the weekend to rescue five fishermen who got into difficulty off Fanad Head. Lough Swilly and Portrush RNLI were requested to launch…
Lifeboat volunteers from Ballycotton RNLI and Crosshaven RNLI
Volunteer lifeboat crews from Crosshaven and Ballycotton RNLI in Cork will share their own stories of how they got involved with the lifesaving charity on TV for RTÉ One’s Nationwide this coming Wednesday 18 December. And the two stations will…
Santas taking the plunge at Sandycove for last year’s Santa Scuba Dive
Tomorrow at noon (Sunday 15 December) Scuba divers dressed in Santa suits will be ready to dive into the sea water off Sandycove for the annual Santa Scuba Dive. This unique Christmas event has raised over €12,000 for the RNLI…
Bundoran Lifeboat Volunteers Facing ‘Perfect Storm’ This Christmas
The community lifesaving team at Bundoran RNLI well remember Christmas back in 1998, when two surfers were rescued off the coast of Tullaghan, Co Leitrim. The rescue was acknowledged by the RNLI with a written letter of commendation from the…
Dragon boats racing with the back drop of the Tall Ship Jeanie Johnston on the River Liffey
All In A Row 2019 came to the capital’s River Liffey last Saturday, 30th November, and challenged teams rowing 40 skiffs, kayaks, canoes and currachs to exceed a 1,000km target in eight hours in aid of the RNLI. As Afloat…
Swords Sailing & Boating club Vice Commodore Patrick Wodhams presents a cheque to Steven Harris of Howth RNLI
Swords Sailing & Boating Club Vice Commodore Patrick Wodhams handed over a club burgee and a cheque for €710 to Howth RNLI on behalf of funds raised by club members today to the RNLI in Howth in County Dublin. The…
Book Launch For Story Of Baltimore’s Lifeboat Next Saturday
RTÉ’s Fergal Keane will be at Baltimore Sailing Club next Saturday 7 December for the launch of a new book celebrating 100 years of the West Cork village’s RNLI lifeboat service. Baltimore Lifeboat: A Community Story by Éamon Lankford is…
The RNLI Lifeboat at Crosshaven in County Cork
As Christmas approaches, the RNLI is issuing its own call for help as new figures show that the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews are more than 600% busier over the festive period compared with 40 years ago. The charity is facing…
Portaferry RNLI lifeboat
Portaferry RNLI came to the aid of three people stranded on Trasnagh Island near Whiterock at Killinchy on the western shore of Strangford Lough this afternoon, as the weather deteriorated. Portaferry’s volunteer crew launched promptly at 1.26 pm and made…
Valentia RNLI celebrate - Colum O'Connell (new Lifeboat Operational Manager), Richard Quigley (Valentia RNLI Cox), Richard Foran, Timothy Lyne and Leo Houlihan (Valentia RNLI Mechanic)
Valentia RNLI volunteers, family and friends gathered last Saturday 23 November to honour two outstanding volunteers. The Kerry lifeboat station team honoured and thanked Richard Foran for his 20 years of dedicated voluntary service to Valentia RNLI. Richard took up…
Diarmaid Bird recently at the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset
A volunteer crew member at Fethard RNLI lifeboat station has had a vital part of their crew training funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Diarmaid Bird recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s Crew Emergency…
Crosshaven RNLI
Crosshaven RNLI volunteers were paged at 1.50 pm this afternoon to reports of a dismasted yacht with injuries off Fort Camden in Cork Harbour. According to the RNLI, the 32’ yacht with five persons onboard was a participant in a…
Stonehaven RNLI’s Atlantic 75 Miss Betty is lowered onto a trailer for transport to RNLI HQ in Poole
It was a sad day this week as Stonehaven RNLI said goodbye to the last Atlantic 75 lifeboat in service in Scotland. The volunteer crew in Aberdeenshire watched as Miss Berry was winched out of the water to be transported…
Lough Ree RNLI together with Athlone Sub Aqua Club were honoured by the Municipal District of Athlone-Moate
Lough Ree RNLI together with Athlone Sub Aqua Club have been honoured by the Municipal District of Athlone-Moate on behalf of Westmeath County Council. The recognition was awarded to the volunteers of Lough Ree RNLI and Athlone Sub Aqua Club…

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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