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An old friend comes to visit at Arklow RNLI lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

Arklow RNLI was proud to host a courtesy visit of the RNLI’s newest Shannon Class Lifeboat today (Saturday 1 June).

RNLB MICHAEL O BRIEN ENTERING ARKLOW 01.06.19

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RNLB MICHAEL O BRIEN ENTERING ARKLOW 01.06.19

Family, friends, former colleagues and members of the public turned up earlier today at Arklow lifeboat station to welcome home an old friend. The 'old friend' was the RNLI’s newest addition to the lifeboat fleet in Ireland, the lifeboat, Michael O’Brien.

The new lifeboat was on passage to Clogherhead in county Louth where the boat will be stationed. The courtesy call to Arklow was the first Irish landfall of the new Shannon class lifeboat.

The lifeboat was named after Arklow RNLI’s former lifeboat Coxswain, Michael O’Brien, following a bequest in the will from Gorey farmer and long time friend of Michael and Arklow RNLI, Mr. Henry Tomkins.

Following the emotional visit, a very proud Jimmy Tyrrell, Former Arklow RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said 'I campaigned for years to have a lifeboat class named after an Irish river. To see one of this class named after a colleague and friend is truly a great honour and fills us all with great happiness and pride. All of us at Arklow RNLI wish our colleagues at Clogherhead RNLI every good wish for the future. We know Michael will look after them.'

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RNLB MICHAEL O BRIEN NAMEPLATE

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RNLB MICHAEL O BRIEN NAMEPLATE

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