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The Commissioners of Irish Lights have begun a project called The Great Lighthouses of Ireland which, as a tourism development, will make them more available to the public.
Bundoran RNLI Soapbox Race back for year four!
The Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Soapbox Race returns on Sunday May 31st for its 4th year and this year promises to be as competitive as ever.
The event has proved a popular addition to the fundraising and local event calendar in Bundoran as it sees the take over of the Astoria Road in the town to facilitate the soapbox race and offer optimum viewing for the thousands of spectators expected on the day.
Once again the perpetual trophy will be up for grabs and is currently held by Ward Automation who after 3 years of trying to secure it finally succeeded in 2014 (see pic below).
Cormac McGurren is event director and is encouraging as many entries as possible we are hoping to see a lot of return entries this year as well as plenty of new soapboxes being entered for the first time. As the event is getting closer we would advise teams to get together and start building their soapboxes so that they will be ready on time for May 31st. He added Our website is live once again this year at www.bundoranlifeboatsoapboxrace.com where you can get more details and also register your entry.
Volunteer Press Officer Shane Smyth said it really is a great
day for all the family and as well as having the soapbox racing going
on there will also be activities to keep kids occupied as well. The
event kicks off at 1pm on Sunday May 31st at Astoria Road Bundoran and
will culminate in the €1000 ball race. Balls will be sold on the
day and the first one down the hill on the day will win the grand prize.
Giant yellow welly kicks off RNLIs Mayday campaign in Dublin
The RNLI have unveiled an eight foot tall yellow welly at the top of Grafton Street in Dublin to mark the launch of its national fundraising campaign, Mayday.
The larger-than-life welly boot which represents the yellow wellies worn by the charitys volunteer lifeboat crew members touched down at 9am in Dublin, London, Cardiff, and Edinburgh to mark the start of the RNLIs flagship fundraising campaign.
The charity is now issuing its own call for help and is asking people to support its Mayday fundraising campaign across the May Day bank holiday weekend, from 14 May. The welly unveiling marks the start of a busy weekend of fundraising for the lifesaving charity, as dedicated RNLI fundraisers will be out in force and a host of welly-themed events will be happening across Ireland and the UK over the bank holiday weekend. Fundraisers and volunteer lifeboat crew members will accompany each giant yellow welly to collect donations and talk to members of the public about the RNLIs lifesaving work.
The RNLI operates 45 lifeboat stations in Ireland and relies on 1,500 volunteer lifeboat crew to be on call to respond to those in trouble at sea or on the water. Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews launched 1,089 times in Ireland, rescuing 1,414 people and saving 44 lives. They are on-call 24/7, every day of the year, ready to respond emergencies.
Speaking at the launch this morning Howth RNLI crewmember and mechanic Ian Sheridan said, We have been very busy with lifeboat callouts in Howth this year already. I would call on the public to support the RNLI this Mayday to ensure Irish lifeboats continue to save lives at sea. The Mayday campaign is vital for our charity to raise funds and awareness for the work we do.
Also present at the launch was Michelle Noone from the RNLI, who added, We picked the lifeboat crews yellow welly as a symbol for the Mayday campaign and already this morning people have been stopping to photograph our eight foot welly and taking selfies with it. As well as being lots of fun we hope it will also make people stop and consider the work our volunteer lifeboat crews do and donate to our Mayday campaign this weekend.
To donate, visit RNLI.org/Mayday or text RNLIMAYDAY to 50300 to donate €4. Funds raised through the Mayday campaign will help fund the RNLIs lifesaving work in Ireland
Launch of Lusitania Display in Cape Clear Heritage Center
Cape Clear Island will join various other venues that plan to hold commemorations on Thursday next 7th May on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania. This will take place in the Island Heritage Center at 12 noon.
The Center has prepared a new display on the event which includes a number of items amongst them a restored deckchair which was washed up on the Island. The display focuses on stories of local interest including the surfacing of the U boat in the days before the event to purchase fish locally, the destruction of other fishing vessels later in the war, the part played by Surgeon Long, as recounted by his great granddaughter and Island resident Fiona Mac Lachlainn and the story of the Coughlan children whose mother later married a fisherman from the Island.
Ocean to City- Corks Harbour Festival
Organised by Meitheal Mara, this year sees the joining together of Ocean to City and Cork Harbour Open Day to form Ocean to City-Cork Harbour Festival, a weeklong festival that showcases the best of Corks maritime heritage and culture. The festival, which brings together the City, County and Harbour authorities, is a celebration of all things maritime with over 40 different events taking place on land and shore.
Ocean to City-Cork Harbour Festival begins on Saturday May 30 when Cork will be transformed into a spectacular flotilla as over 150 Irish and international boats take part inthe renowned Ocean to City, An Rás Mór.
Maritime Safety Strategy Aims to Assist Communities in Reducing the
Number of Fatalities at Sea
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Nicola Burtonports First New Fishing Boat in Five Years
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