The Blog from our Correspondent Justin Merrigan

40 Years Ago

August 15 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of a particularly challenging service for Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat; the disabled yacht Susan Arun.

In storm force 10 the station's 44ft Waveney class lifeboat John F Kennedy (44-002, O.N. 1001) escorted a French trawler to Dun Laoghaire towing the Susan Arun. Coxswain Eric Offer recalled the five hour service at night in raging seas as one of the most awesome of his career.



Summer boating season coming – avoid boat breakdowns, try the RNLI Sea Check service.

The recent shout to five people in difficulties on Killiney Bay serves as a timely reminder to boat-owners to properly prepare for trips afloat.


The five got into trouble when their speedboat broke down on Killiney Bay. Thankfully nobody was injured in the incident which saw the Anna Livia tasked to tow the 17-foot casualty to the safety of the Coal Harbour.

Read more: Summer boating season coming – avoid boat breakdowns, try the RNLI Sea Check service.


Carlisle Pier Neighbour comes to Life

Dun Laoghaire's first Boat Jumble took place on 28th March on the Carlisle Pier and proved to be a real attraction for the maritime bargain hunter with a good range of boating and sailing equipment and accessories, new and used on offer. The Boat Jumble also presented an opportunity for the marine trade to clear out surplus stock, boating gear and equipment - so a win-win for all!

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company and Ronan Beirne would like to thank all the participants of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Boat Jumble. It was you, both vendors and buyers, who made it the success it was. Hopefully this will become an annual event!




Dun Laoghaire is expecting a new IB1 to replace current the D-class inshore boat. The new boat is the latest development of the popular D-class which has evolved over more than 45 years of service with the RNLI. Dun Laoghaire has been home to a D-class since 1986.

Unlike other members of the ILB fleet the IB1 does not have a rigid hull. It has a single outboard engine and can be righted manually by the crew following a capsize.

Read more: IB1


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