Loftus Hall's out of this world donation to RNLI

Published 20/08/2016 | 00:00

At the handing over of the cheque for €12,000 to Fethard RNLI.
At the handing over of the cheque for €12,000 to Fethard RNLI.

Fethard RNLI have received a major boost for their inshore lifeboat appeal after receiving a €12,000 donation from local business, Loftus Hall haunted house.

Ahead of the much anticipated RNLI Waves Festival at the end of the month which is being headlined by singing sensation Nathan Carter; Shane and Aidan Quigley from Loftus Hall presented Fethard RNLI with a donation of €12,000 towards their special appeal, which was launched earlier this year to raise €65,000 for a new D class inshore lifeboat for the station.

The current lifeboat, Trade Winds, has been operational for almost ten years and is due for retirement in 2017. After ten years of saving lives at sea Trade Winds has served the community well. The lifeboat has launched 119 times rescuing 85 people.

Aidan Quigley, proprietor of Loftus Hall, said: 'We are delighted to support such a worthy cause. The RNLI plays a vital role in the lives of those who live by, work on, and visit our coasts. The lifeboat service is kept going by the generosity, dedication and commitment of volunteers, who give selflessly of their time and skills. This donation will hopefully ensure the provision of a new D class lifeboat in Fethard to operate in the area over the coming years. Not only is it reassuring to know that many more lives will be saved, but also that the volunteer crew who work tirelessly in saving those lives will be kept safe on their way to a rescue.' Fethard RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer Rebecca Doyle said: 'We are overwhelmed by the support from Loftus Hall with their donation of €12,000 towards our appeal and also by providing us with the astounding, historic location for one of our main fundraising events at the end of the month'.

Waves music festival will be held in Loftus Hall's walled gardens on Sunday, August 28. The setting of the walled gardens at Loftus Hall will add a family friendly dimension to the one-day festival. Fans of country, pop, indie and folk music can enjoy some of their favourite acts which include Corner Boy, Hometown and Elmore and can also be part of Loftus Hall's legacy.

Aidan said: 'This year is quite momentous for Loftus Hall as we celebrate 666 years of history, heritage and intrigue. We undertook to create an eclectic programme of events for 2016 and one of those projects was the restorative walled garden project because the gardens and grounds of the hall are hugely significant, dating back to the mid 17th century.'

Other events scheduled for Loftus Hall this year include the Raymond Le Gros Norman Festival on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4, Halloween at the Hall (from October 21 to November 6) and some highly sought after paranormal investigation Lockdown events.

Tickets for the RNLI Waves Festival are available from www.wavesfestival.ie and www@loftushall.ie

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