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Irish Lifeboats

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 75, 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

Portrush

Severn Class

D Class (IB1)

Moored Afloat Slipway

17-30 William Gordon Burr

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

Red Bay

Trent Class Atlantic 85  

Moored Afloat Carriage

14-32 Corinne Whiteley

B-843 Geoffrey Charles 

Larne

Trent Class

D Class (IB1)

Moored Afloat

Carriage

14-30 Dr. John McSparran

D-783 Terry

Bangor

Atlantic 85

Carriage

B-805 Jessie Hillyard

Donaghadee

Trent Class

Moored Afloat

14-36 Saxon

Portaferry

Atlantic 85

Atlantic 85

B-833 Blue Peter V

Newcastle

Mersey Class

D Class (IB1)

Carriage

Carriage

12-29 Eleanor and Bryant Girling

D-775 Eliza

Kilkeel

Atlantic 85

Davit

B-812 Frank William Walton 

Clogherhead

Shannon Class

Carriage

13-31 Michael O'Brien

Skerries

Atlantic 85

Carriage

B-866 Louis Simson

Howth

Trent Class

D Class (IB1)

Moored Afloat

Slipway

14-33 Roy Barker III

D-796 Aideen Cresswell

Dun Laoghaire

Trent Class

D Class (IB1)

Moored Afloat

Slipway

14-05 Anna Livia

D-731 Realt na Mara

Lifeboats listed in GREEN are temporarily on station.

Kilkeel Lifeboat Station. Photo: Pat Nolan

Station

Lifeboat Types

Launch Method

Number & Name

Wicklow

Shannon Class

D Class (IB1)

Moored Afloat

Carriage

13-01 Jock and Annie Slater

D-806 Dennis-Audrey

Arklow

Trent Class

Moored Afloat

14-19 Ger Tigchelaar

Courtown

D Class (IB1)

Slipway

D-846

Wexford

D Class (IB1)

Carriage

D-782 Alfred William Newman

Rosslare Harbour

Severn Class

Moored Afloat  

17-43 Donald and Barbara Broadhead

Kilmore Quay

Tamar Class

Moored Afloat

16-18 Killarney

Fethard

D Class (IB1) 

Carriage

D-819 Naomh Dubhan

Dumore East

Trent Class

Moored Afloat

14-17 Elizabeth and Ronald

Tramore

D Class (IB1)

Carriage

D-781 Isabella Purchase

Helvick Head

Atlantic 85

Slipway

B-873 Robert Armstrong

Youghal

Atlantic 85

Carriage

B-890 Gordon and Phil

Ballycotton

Trent Class

Moored Afloat

14-25 Austin Lidbury

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

Crosshaven 

Atlantic 85

Davit

B-892 John and Janet

Kinsale

Atlantic 85

Moored Afloat

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

Courtmacsherry Habour

Trent Class 

Moored Afloat

14-07 Frederick Storey Cockburn

Baltimore

Tamar Class

Atlantic 85

Moored Afloat

Slipway

16-25 Alan Massey

B-910 Rita Daphne Smyth

Castletownbere

Severn Class

Moored Afloat  

17-44 Annette Hutton

Union Hall

Atlantic 75

Carraige

B-767 Maritime Nation

Valentia

Severn Class

Moored Afloat

17-07 John and Margaret Doig

Fenit

Trent Class

D Class (IB1)

Moored Afloat

Moored Afloat

14-27 Robert Hywell Jones Williams

D-726 Bradley and Sonia

Kilrush

Atlantic 85

Carriage

B-844 Edith Louise Eastwick

Lough Derg

Atlantic 85

Moored Afloat

B-911 Jane Spier

Lough Ree

Atlantic 75

Carriage

B-920 Tara Scougall

Aran Islands

Severn Class

Moored Afloat

17-06 David Kirkaldy

Galway

Atlantic 85

Davit

B-853 Binny

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

Clifden 

Shannon Class

Atlantic 85

Carriage

Carriage

13-21 Brianne Aldington

B-869 Joyce King

Achill Island

Trent Class

Moored Afloat

14-28 Sam and Ada Moody

Ballyglass

Severn Class

D Class (IB1)

Moored Afloat

Carriage

17-15 Bryan and Gordon

D-823 Celia Mary

Sligo Bay

Atlantic 85

Carriage

D-888 Sheila & Dennis Tongue

Bundoran

Atlantic 85

Carriage

B-834 William Henry Liddington

Enniskillen

Atlantic 85

Rescue Water Craft (RWC)

Carriage

Carriage

B-912 John and Jean Lewis

RWC-054 

Carrybridge

Atlantic 85

Rescue Water Craft (RWC)

Carriage

B-904 Douglas, Euen and Kay Richards

RWC-052

Arranmore

Severn Class

Moored Afloat

17-22 Myrtle Maud

Lough Swilly

Shannon Class

Atlantic 85

Moored Afloat

Carriage

13-08 Derek Bullivant

B-819 Minnie and Ernest George Barry

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).

Named

Number

Class

Station

Due

William and Agnes Wrey

13-41

Shannon Class

Dunmore East

2021


D-860

D Class (IB1)

Fenit

2021



D Class (IB1)

Dun Laoghaire

2021

Lois-Ivan

13-43

Shannon Class

Clifden

2021

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