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Cork City Council marks 150th Anniversary of the Ballycotton Lifeboat

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Lord Mayor, Cllr. Brian Bermingham pictured above making a presentation to Colm Sliney, D.L.A., Ballycotton RNLI Station

 The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Brian Bermingham, and Cork City Council hosted a Civic Reception in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork, on 11th February 2009 for volunteers of the Ballycotton Lifeboat in recognition of their 150th anniversary.

Speaking at the event the Lord Mayor thanked the service for their contribution over generations and for their consistent bravery and dedication:

“Cork is a city with a rich maritime history and its sailors and merchant seamen, pleasure crafters and fishermen owe a great debt of gratitude to the volunteers of our lifeboat services. Ballycotton, more than most, have excelled in the quality and speed of their response and the bravery and skills of its volunteers. Seventeen medals have been awarded to its volunteers - two gold, seven silver and eight bronze, the last silver having being awarded in 2002, the first of the new century.  He concluded: “Tonight is just a small gesture, predicated by a landmark anniversary, to say thanks for the bravery, selflessness and dedication in the face of daunting challenges of the volunteers of the Ballycotton Lifeboat.”

Bláthnaid Lane Walsh, Press Officer, Ballycotton RNLI Lifeboat Station, said “The volunteer crew members of Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat never think twice when the call comes for assistance.  They drop what they are doing and rush to put on their gear.  We are very honoured to be awarded this Civic Reception here tonight.  We would like to thank the Lord Mayor, Cllr Bermingham and all at City Hall.  We would also like to thank our supporters, without whose help there would be no lifeboat service, and invite anyone interested in joining the Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat crew or fundraising committee to contact the Ballycotton lifeboat house on 021 4646903.”


Information on Ballycotton Lifeboat:

Ballycotton Lifeboat was founded in 1858.  To date, the crew of Ballycotton Lifeboat Station have been awarded seventeen medals by the RNLI, 2 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze. 

The station has a €2 million, Trent Class lifeboat, Austin Lidbury.  This is a 14 metre, all weather lifeboat, with a top speed of 25 knots

To learn more about the lifeboat station please go to

For more information on the RNLI please visit News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre

Key facts about the RNLI:

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations with 43 in Ireland. The RNLI is independent of the Coast Guard 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 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.


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Members of the Ballycotton RNLI Station attending the Civic Reception

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