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RNLI Lifeboat Stations

Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station. Photo: RNLI

The RNLI provide 24-hour search and rescue service operates from 238 lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland.

These include four along the River Thames: Chiswick, Gravesend, Teddington and Tower.

Five inland lifeboat stations at Carrybridge, Enniskillen, Loch Ness, Lough Derg and Lough Ree.

Every lifeboat station has different needs depending on its location and without the right shore facilities, lifeboat crews cannot operate effectively.

Changes to lifeboat cover, new classes of lifeboats and the needs of the volunteer crews lead to improvements, and even rebuilds, of lifeboat stations. And so the RNLI continually review the supporting infrastructure to keep pace with the coastal ebb and flow.

The RNLI generally have around 125 projects ongoing at any one time dedicated to the upkeep and maintenance of lifeboat stations and other properties to ensure they’re kept fit for use for as long as possible. 

The RNLI complete approximately 25 of them each year and these works account for some 10% of the RNLI's annual running costs. 

RNLI Lifeboat Stations in the Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland

Aranmore Lifeboat Station. Photo: Barry Moule

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) currently operate 46 stations around the Irish coastline as well as major inland waterways.

The types of boats provided at each station and the launching methods vary depending on local needs. If more than one boat is provided they are sometimes stationed in separate buildings at different locations in the same town. RNLI boats serving Irish stations currently fall into two groups:

  • All weather lifeboats (ALBs): Mersey, Severn, Shannon, Tamar and Trent.
  • Inshore lifeboats (ILBs): D Class (IB1), Atlantic 85 and Rescue Water Craft (RWC). 

Recovery of Shannon class lifeboat at Clogherhead. Photo: RNLI/Pat Browne

The principal launching methods are:

  • Carriage – an ALB or ILB is pushed into the water on a carriage by a tractor
  • Davit – an ILB is lowered into the water by a crane
  • Launchway – an ILB is pushed into the water on a carriage by hand
  • Moored afloat – an ALB or ILB is kept in the water alongside the lifeboat station or nearby, in which case a small boarding boat is provided so that the crew can reach it.
  • Slipway – an ALB slides down a slipway straight into the water.

Station

Lifeboat Types

Launch Method

Number & Name

Launching Equipment

Portrush

Severn Class

D Class (IB1)

Moored Afloat Slipway

17-30 William Gordon Burr (Y-238)

D-738 David Roulston (Civil Service No. 52)

BB-901

Winch W-077

Red Bay

Trent Class Atlantic 85  

Moored Afloat Carriage

14-32 Corinne Whiteley (XP02)

B-843 Geoffrey Charles 

BB-706 & TA99

TW30


Larne

Trent Class

D Class (IB1)

Moored Afloat

Carriage

14-30 Dr. John McSparran (XP24)

D-783 Terry

LR62

LR65

Bangor

Atlantic 85

Carriage

B-805 Jessie Hillyard

TA94

Donaghadee

Trent Class

Moored Afloat

14-36 Saxon (XP19)

LR92

Portaferry

Atlantic 85

Atlantic 85

B-833 Blue Peter V

TA117

Newcastle

Mersey Class

D Class (IB1)

Carriage

Carriage

12-20 Leonard Kent

D-775 Eliza

T118

TT11

Kilkeel

Atlantic 85

Davit

B-812 Frank William Walton 

Davit DA-024 

Winch W-075

Clogherhead

Shannon Class

Carriage

13-31 Michael O'Brien

SC-T17

Skerries

Atlantic 85

Carriage

B-866 Louis Simson

TW07

Howth

Trent Class

D Class (IB1)

Moored Afloat

Slipway

14-33 Roy Barker III (XP40)

D-796 Aideen Cresswell


Winch W-079

Dun Laoghaire

Trent Class

D Class (IB1)

Moored Afloat

Slipway

14-05 Anna Livia (XP25)

D-865 Joval

BB-903

Winch  W-076

Lifeboats listed in GREEN are temporarily on station.

Kilkeel Lifeboat Station. Photo: Pat Nolan

Station

Lifeboat Types

Launch Method

Number & Name

Launching Equipment

Wicklow

Shannon Class

D Class (IB1)

Moored Afloat

Carriage

13-27 Joanna and Henry Williams

D-806 Dennis-Audrey


TA116  & TA46

Arklow

Trent Class

Moored Afloat

14-19 Ger Tigchelaar (XP34)


Courtown

D Class (IB1)

Slipway

D-846 Frank

TA114

Wexford

D Class (IB1)

Carriage

D-782 Alfred William Newman

TA113

Rosslare Harbour

Severn Class

Moored Afloat  

17-43 Donald and Barbara (Y168) Broadhead

BB-694

Kilmore Quay

Tamar Class

Moored Afloat

16-18 Killarney (Y216)


Fethard

D Class (IB1) 

Carriage

D-819 Naomh Dubhan

LR67

Dumore East

Shannon Class

Moored Afloat

13-41 William and Agnes Wray


Tramore

D Class (IB1)

Carriage

D-781 Isabella Purchase

TT15

Helvick Head

Atlantic 85

Slipway

B-873 Robert Armstrong

TA119

Youghal

Atlantic 85

Carriage

B-890 Gordon and Phil

TW42

Ballycotton

Trent Class

Moored Afloat

14-25 Austin Lidbury (XP47)

BB-905 & BB669

Winch W-048

Lifeboats listed in GREEN are temporarily on station.

Relief Trent Class Lifeboat 14-32 Corinne Whiteley at Ballycotton Lifeboat Station. Photo: Pat Nolan

Station

Lifeboat Types

Launch Method

Number & Name

Launching Equipment

Crosshaven 

Atlantic 85

Davit

B-892 John and Janet

Davit DA-026

Kinsale

Atlantic 85

Moored Afloat

B-909 Miss Sally Anne Baggy II - Never Fear, Baggy's Here

Davit DA-036

Courtmacsherry Habour

Trent Class 

Moored Afloat

14-07 Frederick Storey Cockburn (XP41)

BB-904 & BB-654

Winch W-078

Baltimore

Tamar Class

Atlantic 85

Moored Afloat

Slipway

16-25 Alan Massey (Y244)

B-910 Rita Daphne Smyth


Winch W-062

Castletownbere

Severn Class

Moored Afloat  

17-44 Annette Hutton (Y191)


Union Hall

Atlantic 85

Carraige

B-924 Christine and Raymond Fielding

TA88

Valentia

Severn Class

Moored Afloat

17-07 John and Margaret Doig (Y223)

BB-676 & TA130

Fenit

Trent Class

D Class (IB1)

Moored Afloat


Moored Afloat

14-27 Robert Hywell Jones Williams (XP14)

D-860 Lizzie



TR-T1625 & TA70

Kilrush

Atlantic 85

Carriage

B-844 Edith Louise Eastwick

TW08

Lough Derg

Atlantic 85

Moored Afloat

B-911 Jane Spier


Lough Ree

Atlantic 75

Carriage

B-920 Tara Scougall

TA52

Aran Islands

Severn Class

Moored Afloat

17-06 David Kirkaldy (Y224)


Galway

Atlantic 85

Davit

B-853 Binny

Davit DA-038

Lifeboats listed in GREEN are temporarily on station.

Severn Class 17-44 Annette Hutton at Castletownbere Lifeboat Station. Photo: RNLI

Station

Lifeboat Types

Launch Method

Number & Name

Launching Equipment

Clifden 

Shannon Class

Atlantic 85

Moored Afloat

Carriage

13-43 St Christopher

B-869 Joyce King

BB-068 & TA121

TW39

Achill Island

Trent Class

Moored Afloat

14-28 Sam and Ada Moody (XP27)

BB-070 & TA69

Ballyglass

Severn Class

D Class (IB1)

Moored Afloat

Carriage

17-15 Bryan and Gordon (Y229)

D-823 Celia Mary

BB-066

Winch W-042 & LR73

Sligo Bay

Atlantic 85

Carriage

D-888 Sheila & Dennis Tongue

TA109

Bundoran

Atlantic 85

Carriage

B-834 William Henry Liddington

TW24H

Enniskillen

Atlantic 85

Rescue Water Craft (RWC)

Carriage

Carriage

B-912 John and Jean Lewis

RWC-054 

TA133

H240

Carrybridge

Atlantic 85

Rescue Water Craft (RWC)

Carriage

B-904 Douglas, Euen and Kay Richards

RWC-052

TA132

H239

Arranmore

Severn Class

Moored Afloat

17-22 Myrtle Maud (Y157)

BB-067 & BB682 & LR100

Lough Swilly

Shannon Class

Atlantic 85

Moored Afloat

Carriage

13-08 Derek Bullivant

B-819 Minnie and Ernest George Barry

BB-069

TW31

Lifeboats listed in GREEN are temporarily on station.

Lough Swilly Lifeboat Station. Photo: Pat Nolan

Lifeboats Under Construction

All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole. Photo: Nathan Williams

The following is a list of new lifeboats that are to be assigned to lifeboat stations in the North and South of Ireland by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Please note assignments may be subject to change.

Named

Number

Class

Station

Due


D-871

D Class (IB1)

Portrush

2022

Val Adnams

13-45

Shannon Class

Courtmacsherry

2022