Wicklow RNLI Annual Service of Remembrance
Wicklow RNLI held its annual Service of Remembrance on New Year's Day (Wednesday 1 January) in memory of all deceased lifeboat volunteer members, sailors from the town and all those associated with the sea from Wicklow.
The ceremony began with a short religious prayer conducted by Fr. Donal Roche and Rev Jack Kinkead, who blessed the flowers and wreaths.
After the blessing, Coxswain Nick Keogh and the lifeboat crew took the floral tributes out into the bay and placed them on the water.A minute's silence was also held in memory of all the former members of Wicklow lifeboat who have risked everything to save the lives of others ever since the RNLI Lifeboat station was established in 1857.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.