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Sail Training Ireland crew member reunited with lost toys at Clogherhead RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A 16-year-old boy from Drogheda in county Louth has been reunited with his childhood toys during his visit with the Sail Training Ireland vessel Brian Ború to Clogherhead RNLI.

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Ronan Collins receives his toys from Clogherhead RNLI mechanic Padraig Rath

Ten trainees onboard the Brian Ború visited Clogherhead RNLI station. To his surprise, crew member Ronan Collins was presented with toy diggers which he had lost at the age of six in Clogherhead. The toys had been found by the lifeboat crew and had been kept safely in storage at Clogherhead Lifeboat Station.

Clogherhead RNLI mechanic Padraig Rath knew Ronan’s grandfather Noel Keane and was a student of his in St. Joseph’s Secondary School in Drogheda.

Padraig said: ‘When Ronan was young he and his grandparents used to visit the lifeboat station here in Clogherhead. Ronan left his toys behind one day and I kept them in the lifeboat station for when he next came to visit. When Ronan came back last month and mentioned the toys I remembered him and was delighted to give him back the lost diggers. It was great to meet him again. On behalf of the volunteer crew here we wish Ronan all the best in his future voyage with Sail Training Ireland.’

Ronan’s mother Niamh Collins added: ‘I couldn’t believe Ronan’s diggers had been found after all of these years. The whole experience has been emotional for me as it has brought back wonderful memories of my late parents who used to spend a lot of time at Clogherhead with Ronan and his brother Niall.’

Ronan, who was the lucky recipient of a Drogheda Sail Training Bursary through Sail Training Ireland, has sailed on the Brian Ború and will progress to the class A tall ship Pelican of London where he will participate in the 10 day Erasmus+ Three Cities Voyage. He has also volunteered to become a Sail Training Ireland Buddy to assist young people with special needs.

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