You can help pick the name of a new lifeboat

Esther Hayden

Following a hugely successful fundraising appeal which saw the community of Fethard raise the €65,000 to fund a new lifeboat, Fethard RNLI is asking the local community to choose the name of the new vessel.

The naming of an RNLI lifeboat is a special honour given to the donor of the boat and in this case, that is the people of the Hook peninsula.

This new lifeboat represents the first time in the station's history that Fethard RNLI have raised the funds locally.

Since 1885 Fethard RNLI's lifeboats were provided centrally by the charity from donors across Ireland and the UK. The current Fethard lifeboat 'Tradewinds' was funded through the generosity of Bríd Mulhern of Dunmore. Incredibly the funds needed to replace this lifeboat were raised in under twelve months.

Oonagh Hearne from Fethard RNLI said: 'Our community generously gave the money for our very own lifeboat. Now we need a name that represents our community and their generosity. It needs to reflect the seafarers that our lifeboat serves, be respectful of the work the volunteer lifeboat crew carry out and echo our community's long history and tradition of saving lives at sea.'

Submissions should be emailed to the Fethard RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Walter Foley (walterafoley@gmail.com) by Sunday, April 30. A small committee representing Fethard RNLI Lifeboat Management Group will consider all suggestions and put that name forward to the RNLI. The new lifeboat is scheduled to arrive in December.

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