Thursday 14 December 2017

Rosslare RNLI volunteers honoured

TWO ROSSLARE RNLI volunteers have been honoured for their service at the annual lifeboat awards in Kilmainham.

Mona McCormack, a fundraiser from Rosslare, received a prestigious Gold Badge from the institution while Michael Doyle, the Rosslare Lifeboat Operations Manager, received a pair of inscribed binoculars.

The pair were among 40 volunteers from all over Ireland who have given years of service to the RNLI.

Dragon's Den businessman Bobby Kerr was present to congratulate both Mona and Michael on the day.

Mona McCormack joined the Rosslare fundraising branch forty years ago, and has worked steadfastly with the branch in all their efforts over the years. She was President of the branch during the 80s and for years organised the annual golf days at both Rosslare Golf Club and St. Helen's Golf Club.

Captain Michael Doyle started with the Institution as Deputy Launching Authority in 1999, becoming Operations Manager in 2002. As a master mariner and former ship captain he has brought a wealth of maritime knowledge to the station.

RNLI Irish Council Chairman John Coyle presided over the ceremony and thanked the volunteers for their continued support. Speaking at the event he said, 'This ceremony is about giving thanks: recognising and celebrating the contribution that our lifesavers, fundraisers and supporters make to our cause. I would like to acknowledge our appreciation to all those who give their time to the RNLI. Whether they bravely carry out the rescues themselves, or provide vital support to our lifesavers.'

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