Irish Lifeboats

The definitive guide to the Irish lifeboat service

This website is dedicated to the brave volunteer crews of both the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) and the Community Rescue Boats Ireland (CRBI) who have to negotiate some of the roughest sea conditions around Europe.

On Friday, April 7th 2019 the last Tyne Class lifeboat in service with the RNLI stood down from service as relief Shannon Class 13-01 'Jock & Annie Slater' went on station. 

47035 'RNLB Annie Blaker' had served as Wicklow Lifeboat for over 30 years. During her time at Wicklow the 'Annie' has launched countless times saving many lives. She was a credit to her crew who looked after her so well over the last three decades. Photo: Tommy Dover

RNLI Lap of the Map

After running & walking around the coast of Ireland last year in aid of RNLI Ireland. Mary Nolan Hickey is back for Round 2! 

This time Mary will cycle around Ireland going south from Arklow.

Lap 1 complete 1506 miles on foot. €77K raised to help save lives at sea.

Lap 2 will see Mary do 1500+miles by bike. Mary hopes to raise a total €100,000 for both laps.

To Donate online:   Follow Mary's progress:

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

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RNLI Lifeboat Fleet

The RNLI currently operate a total of 59 lifeboats from the 45 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.

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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 Coastguard.

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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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         In an Emergency Dial '112' or '999' and ask for the Coast Guard