Fethard RNLI receives €5,749 for new lifeboat appeal

Lifeboats News Release

Fethard RNLI was presented with a cheque for €5,749 on Friday 16th of September by Ring of Kerry Cyclists towards the charity’s Special Appeal in aid of a new inshore lifeboat which is due on service at the end 2017.

A team of nine cyclists came together in March and set their sights on completing a 160km Ring of Kerry challenge on Saturday 27th of August.

The team of nine which included Paddy Kehoe, Philip and Richard Roche, John Summers, Jim Mernagh, Nicky Walsh, Renee Mullens, David Curtis and Damian Cahill also undertook to fund raise in aid of the Fethard RNLI special appeal. 

Paddy Kehoe, spokesperson for the team said: ‘This was a once in a life time achievement. Each member of the team are overwhelmed and extremely thankful for the support received. We all have families living on the coast and could call on the services of the lifeboat at any time, therefore it was important for us to support our local station’.

Oonagh Hearne Messette, Fethard RNLI Fundraising Chair said: ‘To have raised this amount of money on our behalf is outstanding and has had an unbelievable impact on our appeal. Without this community support we would not be able to seek to fundraise €65,000 for our new lifeboat appeal. It is credit to the team and we thank each and every one together with their extended family for their support’.


Photo Details

Please credit Jack Butler

From left, Dawn Bradly, Rebecca Doyle (Fethard Fundraising Committee), Cyclists David Curtis with his son Kyle, Philip Roche, John Summers, Nicky Walsh, Richard Roche, Jim Mernagh and Renee Mullens, Tim Bradly (Fethard RNLI Crew)
Paddy Kehoe presenting the cheque to Oonagh Hearne (Fethard Fundraising Chair)
Cyclists Damian Cahill not present.

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For more information please contact Rebecca Doyle Volunteer Fundraiser Fethard RNLI Tel: 087 9285594 or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org

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