THE YOUGHAL RNLI held their annual open day last Sunday 5th August 2012. The family fun day began with the traditional blessing of the boats by Fr. Patrick Winkle at 12 midday followed by a laying of a wreath for those who have died at sea. The Lifeboat station and the Atlantic 75 class lifeboat were on show for the day and the voluntary lifeboat crew members were also on hand to show the public around and answer any questions. Barty Murphy entertained the crowds with ‘Barty’s Disco Roadshow’.
Noreen Varney PRO of the Youghal RNLI thanked everyone for coming to the open day and thanked Fr Patrick Winkle for blessing the boats which included local fishing boats, sailing boats, pleasure and angling boats and the local Aquatrek sailing dingies.
Noreen said, “On behalf of the RNLI I would like to say thank you to everyone for supporting us. The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around Ireland and the UK
In 2011 the RNLI Lifeboats in Ireland launched 980 times to a variety of callouts. 905 people were rescued over the course of the year by volunteer lifeboat crews who spent over 9,826 hours on service at sea. So far this year Youghal RNLI have been called out on service 12 times.
All our boats and equipment are expensive and without the help and support of the public and especially the people of Youghal who have always been extremely generous to us through the years we could not operate. Youghal’s Lifeboat Station is one of the oldest stations in Ireland as it dates back to 1839. The first lifeboat was funded by Youghal’s townspeople at a cost of £76 to build and put into service. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (R.N.L.I) took over the running of Youghal’s Lifeboat in 1857.
In 2012 the RNLI launched a new lifejackets for lifesavers campaign which will see every lifeboat station in Ireland take delivery of new specially designed lifejackets in September. The lifejackets have been commissioned by the RNLI for search and rescue work. The cost of providing the lifejackets for all 43 stations in Ireland is estimated at €160,000.
Again I thank you for coming and I hope you all enjoy the rest of the day.”