The boathouse was built at a cost of €1.2, funded exclusively by charitable donations, including a local community contribution of €100,000 raised in the midlands last year.
Construction of the boathouse, which began in late 2020 was interrupted by the pandemic and was completed in February. The fitting out programme has been ongoing over the last number of weeks and it is expected that following the installation and testing of electronic and IT systems the boathouse will go into service before the end of March.
Alongside the weekly training sessions on the water, the Lough Ree RNLI volunteer crew has been engaged in an intensive familiarisation programme of the new facility and its systems.
The new boathouse slipway will provide direct access to the lake for the charity’s lifeboat Tara Scougall, and her crew. The boathouse will also facilitate improved response time to emergencies, a specially designed training room and excellent crew facilities.