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RNLI Lifeboat News From Ireland
The challenge is being undertaken with the aim of showcasing the River Liffey as one of Dublin’s best amenities while raising funds for the RNLI
All In A Row 2019 comes to the capital’s River Liffey on Saturday week, 30 November, challenging teams rowing 40 skiffs, kayaks, canoes and currachs to exceed a 1,000 km target in eight hours. The organisers are hoping to exceed…
Howth Lifeboat Station
Howth RNLI is hosting a special Lifeboat Supporters’ Evening tonight, Tuesday 19 November, from 7.30pm at Howth Yacht Club. Those attending will learn the latest news and updates from the Howth lifesaving volunteers, as well as see video of their…
Lee Early died in an incident on Arranmore Island early on Sunday
Arranmore RNLI has paid tribute to lifeboat volunteer Lee Early, who died on Sunday (17 November) after an incident at a pier on the Co Donegal island. TheJournal.ie reports that Early (26) and another man, who survived the incident, were…
Lerwick lifeboat crew at the scene of the grounded vessel late Friday night
Lerwick lifeboat launched late Friday night (15 November) to the aid of a fishing vessel which had grounded on rocks just north of the Shetland Islands harbour. The 26-metre, Inverness-registered trawler was stuck fast and was listing when the Severn-class…
File image of Wicklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Wicklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat put to sea at 1.20pm on Saturday afternoon (16 November) after being tasked to assist a whelk fishing vessel in difficulties. The lifeboat, under the command of coxswain Nick Keogh and a volunteer crew, was alongside…
Bundoran RNLI
Bundoran RNLI volunteers launched their inshore lifeboat this afternoon after a concerned crew member spotted an upturned kayak just off the shore at Nuns Pool. Crew member Fergal Muller was at the cliffs on Bundoran’s West End when he raised…
Lough Ree's new lifeboat
As a new lifeboat arrived in Lough Ree on Tuesday an envelope arrived on my desk from the RNLI, painting a perspective of the lifeboat service from a different viewpoint. As Afloat reported earlier, the new Atlantic 85 on Athlone’s…
The North Coast fundraising team display their Islay Sea Collection that’s now up for auction
A group of seven men from the North Coast hatched a novel way to carry out some fundraising for the Portrush and Islay RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews recently. As a group of keen sailors and avid supporters of the RNLI…
The lifeboat Douglas Euan & Kay Richards approaches the stricken vessel at an island in Upper Lough Erne
Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 12 November) to a vessel adrift close to an island in Upper Lough Erne north-east of Knockninny Marina. Winds were north-westerly Force 2 when the lifeboat Douglas Euan & Kay Richards arrived…
The Tara Scougall ready for first launch
A new Atlantic 85 class lifeboat, Tara Scougall, has gone on service at Lough Ree RNLI. The lifeboat which arrived at the Coosan Point lifeboat station today, Tuesday 12 November 2019, replaces The Eric Rowse which has been used for…
Tony Hiney (left) is presented with a canvas photograph of Clifden’s new Shannon lifeboat
Members of the Connemara/Clifden RNLI Lifeboats Fundraising Branch gathered at the Station House Hotel in Clifden recently to acknowledge the contributions and retirements of some longstanding members. Area fundraising manager Tony Hiney, who is himself set to retire this year,…
Youghal RNLI help to recover  the yacht
Youghal RNLI was tasked at 11.58 am on Friday 8 November by the Coast Guard to help assist them in recovering a yacht that had gone aground at Harvey’s Dock after becoming loose from its moorings. In calm and clear…
James Fegan, Crosshaven RNLI with Hugh Tully, Chairman Crosshaven RNLI alongside Owen & Maeve Hackett, Kinsale RNLI, at the RNLI Fundraising Lunch 2019, Maryborough Hotel & Spa, Douglas, 1st November 2019
The popular Cork RNLI fundraising lunch and auction, which took place at the Maryborough Hotel last week (Friday, 1 November), proved a huge success, raising €15,100 for the life-saving charity. The event was attended by two hundred guests who came…
Aran Islands RNLI All-weather lifeboat
Aran Islands RNLI has responded to consecutive calls for help today to carry out two medical evacuations. The volunteer crew were first asked to launch their all-weather lifeboat David Kirkaldy, at 11.25 am by the Irish Coast Guard. An elderly…
The lifeboat crew set up an astern tow and took the boat from the rocks and into safe waters
At 3.40 pm yesterday Lough Derg RNLI was requested by Valentia Coast Guard to go to the assistance of two people whose vessel had run aground near Pike Island, north of Kilgarvan Quay on the Tipperary shore. Volunteer crew with…
The 19 metre fishing vessel experienced difficulty off the Bull Rock on the Beara peninsula in West Cork
Lifeboat crew at Castletownbere RNLI were launched early this morning just after 03.30 a.m. to assist a 19-metre fishing vessel which experienced difficulties off the Bull Rock off the Beara peninsula in West Cork. The alarm was raised when the…

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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