RNLI honours Irish volunteers at annual awards ceremony at Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Gretta Kelleher from Youghal RNLI was presented with a Silver Badge in recognition for over 25 years volunteering for the RNLI.
The annual RNLI Ireland awards have taken place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin, with volunteers and supporters being recognised for their role in raising funds and awareness for the charity that saves lives at sea. The guest of honour was well-known maritime commentator Tom MacSweeney, who was also presented with a RNLI supporter award.
Tom MacSweeney was honoured for his support of the RNLI over a long and distinguished career in media. For years he has spoken with authority on maritime issues as Marine correspondent for RTE. Lifeboat crew all over Ireland know him personally as he has visited most of the lifeboat stations down through the years to report on rescues and tragedies or many lifeboat milestones and ceremonies. Tom also gave his time to act as MC or guest speaker for many RNLI functions and events. His work continues with a number of columns in publications and as a published author. Tom was accompanied by his wife Kathleen and presented each lifeboat volunteer with their award.