RNLI enthusiast, Mark Conway, presents Lough Derg RNLI with a model lifeboat

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RNLI lifeboat enthusiast, Mark Conway, presents Lough Derg RNLI with a model of their Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Jean Spier

Mark Conway presenting a model lifeboat to Christine O'Malley

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Mark Conway presents a model of Lough Derg RNLIs lifeboat Jean Spier to the Station

On Thursday evening, May 13, RNLI lifeboat enthusiast Mark Conway, accompanied by his carer Ivana Kottesova, visited Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat station to present volunteers with a model he made of their Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Jean Spier.

Mark, who is supported by the Brothers of Charity based in Limerick, says he’s been making models all his life. He says because of his ‘admiration for the brave lifeboat men and women within the RNLI’, he set himself the challenge to make a model lifeboat for each of the stations in Ireland.


Before the pandemic, Mark presented Kinsale RNLI and Kilrush RNLI with model lifeboats for their stations. He says he is currently working on a model for Lough Ree RNLI.

In line with Covid19 guidelines, a total of fifteen people gathered outdoors at the station for the presentation. On behalf of all the volunteers at the station, Christine O’Malley, Lifeboat Operations Manager, thanked Mark and gave him an RNLI keyring, stickers and pin to mark the occasion.

As Mark’s visit coincided with crew training, he was delighted to see the lifeboat launch on exercise and was conversant on all the specifications of the Atlantic 85 lifeboat.


Photographs by Eleanor Hooker

1. LtoR: Mark Conway; Deputy Launching Authorities Peter Kennedy, Catherine Gleeson and Jeremy Freeman; Lifeboat Operations Manager, Christine O’Malley

2. Mark Conway with his model of Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat Jean Spier

3. LtoR: Mark Conway; Lifeboat Operations Manager, Christine O’Malley; Deputy Launching Authority, Jeremy Freeman


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Mark Conway holding his model lifeboat in front of Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat Jean Spier

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Mark Conway with his model of Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat Jean Spier

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