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Dún Laoghaire RNLI pay tribute to lives lost at sea

The lifeboat station hold a ceremony each year to remember 15 volunteers who lost their lives this day in 1895 and all those who lost their lives around Irish coasts.


(Image: RNLI Dun Laoghaire/Facebook)

THE CREW OF the RNLI lifeboat station at Dún Laoghaire held their annual ceremony today to remember their 15 volunteers who died in 1895 on Christmas Eve as well as all those who lost their lives around our coasts.

In spite of storm force winds, over 100 people attended the midday event that was held inside the East Pier lighthouse battery.


(Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

The ceremony is a long-standing Christmas Eve tradition to remember the 15 volunteer crew who died when their lifeboat capsized in gale force winds while attempting to rescue those on board the SS Palme which had run aground off Blackrock, Co Dublin. All lives lost at sea are also included in the ceremony.


(Image: RNLI Dun Laoghaire/Facebook)

Relatives of the original 1895 lifeboat crew were amongst those who attended the 20-minute ceremony which included contributions by Piper Paul McNally of Dublin Fire Brigade, musician William Byrne and journalist Fergal Keane at the event.

Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor was also in attendance:


RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews at 44 stations countrywide will be on call as usual throughout the Christmas and New Year period.


(Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

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