Lough Derg RNLI Family Day

Lifeboats News Release

At their family day, Lough Derg RNLI volunteers thank their families for their unflagging support and acknowledge the years of dedication of former helm Peter Clarke, and Liam Maloney, Deputy Launching Authority.

Liam, standing with his arms crossed, laughing

Kirsten Bayly-Parker

Liam Maloney, Deputy Launching Authority, Lough Derg RNLI

At their family day, Lough Derg RNLI volunteers thank their families for their unflagging support and acknowledge the years of dedication of former helm Peter Clarke, and Liam Maloney, Deputy Launching Authority.

On Sunday 3 October, Lough Derg RNLI volunteers and their families (in compliance with Covid guidelines), enjoyed a luncheon at Larkins Restaurant in Garrykennedy. Crew and members of the Operations Team wished to thank their families for their untiring support and understanding of the demands involved in being a lifeboat volunteer.


The team invited former helm Peter Clarke and his family to join the party. After the lunch, and on behalf of all the volunteers, helms Owen Cavanagh and Eleanor Hooker presented Peter with an Kimmeridge RNLI Special Edition watch, in appreciation of his fourteen years’ service as helm. Crew member Chris Parker also presented Peter with a framed Certificate of Service on behalf of the RNLI. Peter is a busy dairy farmer with a young family. Eleanor spoke of Peter’s dedication, good humour and positive attitude especially on some of the most challenging Shouts on Lough Derg. She said the Station would love to see him return to the crew when he has more time.

Owen and Eleanor also presented Liam Maloney with an Kimmeridge RNLI Special Edition watch and a Lough Derg RNLI Helly Hansen jacket as a thank you for the six years he served as the Station’s Lifeboat Operations Manager and nineteen years volunteering for the RNLI. A former Headmaster at Carrig Primary School, Liam is also a skilled boat builder and one of the most formidable competitive dinghy sailors at Lough Derg Yacht Club. Liam has been a volunteer with Lough Derg RNLI since preparations for the station began in 2002/3, when he made the assembly hall at his school available for meetings and classroom training for crew. He says that as he was outside the age to volunteer as crew, he became a Deputy Launching Authority when the station went live for service in 2004.

Christine O’Malley, who took over as Lifeboat Operations Manager from Liam on 8 January this year, praised Liam for his hard work in maintaining a high standard of operations at the station, and for his success in involving the local community in the crew and Operations Team. Liam remains with the station as a Deputy Launching Authority.


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Kirsten Bayly-Parker

Helms Owen Cavanagh and Eleanor Hooker make presentations to Peter Clarke and Liam Maloney

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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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