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Footballing legends show support for Kinsale RNLI Raft Race

Lifeboats News Release

The Kinsale RNLI Raft Race which takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 30 July) won three new supporters this week from footballing legends Liam Brady, Ian Wright and Graham Souness.

Volunteer crew member Ruth Bruton was in town on Tuesday evening distributing posters to publicise the raft race when she spotted the trio strolling along the pier. 

‘Ruth knows an open goal when she sees it and got herself in prime position to intercept them,’ said Tricia Tyson, Kinsale RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer.

'They were delighted to pose with the RNLI raft race posters and wished the volunteer crew and all the RNLI rafters the very best of luck on Saturday 30 July.'

The race starts at the Bulman in Summercove at 1pm and ends with prizegiving and a party on the pier hosted by Martin Shanahan of Fishy Fishy with fish and chips generously supplied by the fishermen of Kinsale.

To find out more follow Kinsale RNLI on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  The raft race committee is now taking entries on or call Tricia on 083 1529282.


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For more information please contact Tricia Tyson, Kinsale RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 083 1529282 or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 0876483547 or email or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 0871254124 or 018900460 or email

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