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TV3 presenter Aidan Cooney completes Trolley Dash to raise funds for Howth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Aidan Cooney who is a presenter on TV3’s Ireland AM took part in a Trolley Dash around SuperValu Sutton last Tuesday (20 Dec 2016) in an effort to raise much needed funds for Howth RNLI.


From left, Cora Walsh, Neville Raethorne – Manager SuperValu Sutton, Ian Sheridan, Aidan Cooney and Fred Connolly, Howth RNLI Coxswain.

As a result, SuperValu Sutton donated a cheque for over €1,600 to the local lifeboat station.

Mr Cooney commented: 'I've nothing but admiration for the staff and volunteers of the RNLI. The lads at Howth and every other station provide a 24 hour search and rescue service 365 days a year. It was a no brainer to donate the "Trolley Dash" to the lads and it was great fun chasing up and down the aisles of SuperValu Sutton. Big thanks to Neville and his staff who kindly exchanged the groceries for a hard cash donation to what is a vital service manned by volunteers'.

Rose Michael, Howth RNLI Fundraising Chairman said: 'I’d like to express my gratitude to Aidan Cooney for taking time out of his busy schedule, and admiration for his speed around the aisles! We have been so lucky to have such incredible support from SuperValu Sutton as their Charity of the Year 2016. They have been unstinting in their efforts to raise funds for Howth RNLI and I’d like to thank them for today’s generous donation.'


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From left, Cora Walsh, Neville Raethorne – Manager SuperValu Sutton, Ian Sheridan, Aidan Cooney and Fred Connolly- Coxswain Howth RNLI. Credit: GMT EVENTS

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