Skerries RNLI volunteers receive long service awards totalling 190 years

During 2021, volunteers in Skerries RNLI were presented with long service awards totalling 190 years of volunteering. Due to restrictions on gatherings they were unable to host an event to celebrate the awards. However, they recently received their awards individually at the lifeboat station.

Eight older male RNLI volunteers hold a combination of plaques and certificates.
Skerries RNLI volunteers receiving their awards.

In recognition of their commitment to save lives at sea, long service awards were presented to the following volunteers:

20 years:

  • David Courtney
  • Gerry Canning
  • Ian Guildea

30 years:

  • David May
  • Eoin McCarthy
  • William Boylan

40 years:

  •  Niall McGrotty

A certificate of service was also presented to retired Shore Crew Tommy Grimes in recognition of his 17 years of dedicated volunteering.

Speaking about the awards, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Skerries RNLI, Niall McGrotty said: ‘Volunteers are the lifeblood of the RNLI and without them the lifesaving work we do wouldn’t be possible. The variety of roles being awarded this year is a testament to the dedication and commitment of the volunteers in our station. It is an honour to congratulate each person who received this award.’

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