Irish Lifeboats

The definitive guide to the Irish lifeboat service


Kilmore Quay RNLI Station Mechanic retires after 50 years service

Station mechanic at Kilmore Quay RNLI, Brian Kehoe, retires from his position as full time station Mechanic/Coxswain after serving over 50 years with the RNLI both as a volunteer for 25 years and as RNLI employee for over 25 years.

Brian Kehoe (Snr) went afloat for his last exercise on Tuesday (31 December 2019) as station mechanic. Brian was joined by crew from the flanking lifeboats stations of Rosslare Harbour, Fethard-on-Sea and Dunmore East. 

Kilmore Quay Coast Guard was also on hand while Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 joined the exercise and Brian was winched from the lifeboat onboard the search and rescue helicopter.

Back ashore after the exercise Brian’s family gathered at the harbour for some photos and the people of the village came to wish him a happy retirement. Photo:  Aidan Bates

Portaferry RNLI celebrates 40 years of lifesaving

Portaferry RNLI celebrated the station's 40th anniversary this weekend with a party and presentation evening for crew members and their families.  During the course of the evening the crew paid thanks to those past and present crew members for their dedication and hard work over the past 40 years.

Baltimore RNLI mark centenary of the lifeboat station by naming new Atlantic 85

Baltimore RNLI held a special ceremony which saw the station receive a Vellum (Inscription of thanks from the Institution) marking one hundred years of saving lives at sea and the naming the new Atlantic 85 lifeboat Rita Daphne Smyth.

Dun Laoghaire RNLI mechanic rescues Toby the dog after fall on East Pier

Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s mechanic Kieran O’Connell came to the rescue of a small dog who fell from a height and became trapped on Dun Laoghaire’s East Pier.

New Atlantic 85 class lifeboat arrives at Lough Ree RNLI

A new Atlantic 85 class lifeboat, Tara Scougall, has gone on service at Lough Ree RNLI. The lifeboat which arrived at the Coosan Point lifeboat station on Tuesday 12 November 2019, replaces The Eric Rowse which has been used for rescues and to save lives on Lough Ree since August 2014.

Water Safety

Respect The Water

Respect the Water is the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign. 

Around 190 people die each year around the UK and Irish coasts - and the RNLI is working to change this. The RNLI has a goal to halve the number of coastal drownings by 2024 and Respect the Water is playing a key role in this.

Respect The Water & know what to do

Safety on the Water

The Irish Coast Guard, the RNLI & Irish Water Safety advise caution to those engaged in recreational activities in or near water during the summer months. 

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Lifeboat Operations

Community Rescue Boats

There are a number of independent lifeboat services located in Ireland. 

These services operate independently from the RNLI. Most operate with support from their local community and the Irish Coast Guard.

RNLI Lifeboat Fleet

The RNLI currently operate from 46 stations in the Republic and Northern Ireland. 

Different classes of lifeboat are needed for various locations. So RNLI lifeboats are divided into two categories: all-weather and inshore.

In an emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard