Youghal RNLI volunteers recognised at Buckingham Palace Garden Party

Lifeboats News Release

Pictured enjoying the Queen’s Garden Party in Buckingham Palace on Tuesday last, (5 June) are Seamus and Susan Mason from Youghal RNLI.


Susan and Seamus Mason at Buckingham Palace

Former station mechanic Seamus Mason who has been a volunteer with the RNLI for 30 years was recently nominated to attend the garden party by his Area Lifesaving Manager Joe Moore in recognition of his service and dedication to Youghal RNLI over the last three decades.

He was joined at the event by his wife Susan, secretary of the fundraising branch in Youghal, who herself has dedicated more than 15 years to the charity as a fundraising volunteer.

Speaking after the event, Susan said: It was a fabulous experience with 4,000 people there. The Queen didn’t attend this event but she was represented by Prince Charles, his wife Camila, Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, President of the RNLI, and Katherine, Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and Princess Ann. We were introduced to the Duke of Kent.’


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