Irish Lifeboats

The definitive guide to the Irish lifeboat service


The first lifeboat station at Howth opened in 1817 and was operated by the Dublin Ballast Board. The RNLI took over the station in 1862 and a new lifeboat house was built on the West Pier jetty. In 1933 a new crew room and store was built at the end of the East Pier. In 1967 an inshore lifeboat was placed on station at Howth. In 1982 a new slipway was built for the ILB. The current station house opened in 1984 providing undercover storage for the stations D class ILB and providing improved crew facilities. New moorings were provided for the ALB around this time.
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