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Bridge clubs come together to raise €4,500 for Skerries RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Holmpatrick Bridge Club, John Lane Bridge Club and Skerries Bridge Club came together recently to hold a fundraiser in memory of the late Dr. John Keane, raising the huge sum of €4,500 for Skerries RNLI.

Dr. Keane who passed away earlier this year was Honorary Medical Officer to Skerries RNLI for more than 20 years having played a vital role in the re-establishment of a lifeboat station there in 1981.
There were over 40 tables set up in the community centre in Skerries for a mammoth night of Bridge on August 7th. There was a considerable number of prizes on the night, many of which were generously donated by family and friends and by businesses both local and national.
Speaking at the cheque presentation, Sam Shiels, Chairman of Skerries RNLI said
“Dr. John Keane played a very important role when the lifeboat station was reopened in 1981 agreeing to become Honorary Medical Officer. He stayed involved with station for more than 20 years and was very good to our volunteers and extremely generous with his time. The RNLI is a charity and is funded entirely by voluntary contributions. Donations like this really make a difference.”

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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