Hall RNLI to be formally established on a permanent basis
at Union Hall RNLI are celebrating the news that their lifeboat
station in West Cork is to be formally established following a successful
trial. The recommendation subject to the provision of a long term
shoreworks solution was approved at a recent meeting of the RNLI
Dec em ber 2017
RNLIs 45th lifeboat station in Ireland had been officially
put on service at Union Hall in 2014 for a trial period that has
lasted three years.
followed representations that were initially made to the RNLI for
a declared search and rescue asset to be established at Union Hall
in February 2013.
then, the station has operated Maritime Nation, a B class Atlantic
75 lifeboat, from temporary station facilities, launching from a
slipway adjacent to Keelbeg pier. Work will now commence towards
establishing a permanent building and facilities for the station.
going on service, Union Hall RNLI has launched 26 times, saved one
life and rescued 42 people.
stations lifeboat operates approximately eight miles to the
west and 14 miles to the east of the greater Glandore Bay area.
It is a popular spot for fishermen and visitors including anglers,
rowers, swimmers and sailors. The station is flanked by Courtmacsherry
RNLI to the east and Baltimore RNLI to the west.
Kelleher, Union Hall RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager confirmed
that the station had received word from the RNLI Trustees that the
trial had been a success and the station, subject to a shoreworks
solution, will be made permanent.
have been waiting for this news and to finally get confirmation
that the trial has been a success is great - I am delighted not
just for our volunteer crew and station management but for everyone
who has been involved and supported the setting up of a station
here in the locality.
would like to commend the commitment and dedication of our volunteer
crew members who have devoted their time to training and to learning
and developing new skills to help them save lives at sea. It is
thanks to their efforts and those working so hard on the shore -
be it to prepare the lifeboat to go to sea or washing it down after
a call out, or to educate people about the dangers of water, or
to fundraise - that we are now able to provide this service permanently
to the community in West Cork and to anyone who may find themselves
in distress at sea.
ODonovan, Union Hall Chairman added: I was delighted
with the news, it is a vote of confidence in our local volunteers.
We wish to thank all the RNLI personnel who visited and helped in
this project. We look forward to the next phase in making the station