Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association donate €8,000 to Howth RNLI

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Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association zoom to the rescue with a donation of €8,000 to Howth RNLI

DBOGA Members of Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association attending the presentation of the cheque for €8,000 to Howth RNLI

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DBOGA Members of Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association attending the presentation of the cheque for €8,000 to Howth RNLI

When Covid 19 hit last year, fundraising for Howth Lifeboat through street flag day collections, St. Patrick’s Day Irish Coffee Mornings, Golf Classics, Boat Jumble Sales and Vintage Car Runs all came to an abrupt halt, Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association came to the rescue by organizing a winter series of Zoom talks for their members and others.

The talks were presented by a range of interesting speakers:

Dennis Aylmer, Michael Weed, Mark Sweetnam, Ed Maggs, Cormac Lowth, Gary McMahon, Peter Lyons & Adrian Spence, Mick Brogan, John Leahy, Jarlath Cunnane, Rob Goodbody, Joe Walsh, Richard Nairn, Sean Walsh, Sean Cullen, Brian O Gaiblin and Rik Janssen.

The fantastic result from these very interesting presentations was a donation of €8,000 from Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association to Howth RNLI who continue to rely on voluntary contributions and legacies for income.

It is only through donations such as this that the RNLI are able to provide our volunteer lifeboat crews with the boats, facilities, equipment and training that are essential to save lives at sea.

Howth RNLI presented DBOGA with a Letter of thanks from the Institution for their generous support.

Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association held their annual race at Howth Saturday 4th September with 12 boats competing having sailed from Strangford, Ramsey - Isle of Man, Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club and Dun Laoghaire to compete. The fleet raced back to Poolbeg Lighthouse on Sunday 5th September.

Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association will be kicking off this winter’s fundraising programme for Howth RNLI with another series of talks beginning in October.

Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association can be proud that their generosity will help Howth RNLI to continue to respond quickly and efficiently to those in danger on the sea, today and in the future.

DBOGA Cheque Presentation – Johnny Wedick, President of Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association presenting their cheque for €8,000 to Fred Connolly, Coxswain, Howth RNLI and Colm Newport, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Howth RNLI

RNLI/Rose Michael

DBOGA Cheque Presentation – Johnny Wedick, President of Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association presenting their cheque for €8,000 to Fred Connolly, Coxswain, Howth RNLI and Colm Newport, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Howth RNLI
DBOGA Letter of Thanks - RNLI Lifeboats presented DBOGA with a Letter of thanks from the Institution for their generous support

RNLI/Rose Michael

DBOGA Letter of Thanks - RNLI Lifeboats presented DBOGA with a Letter of thanks from the Institution for their generous support

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