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Dom Sharkey, Lough Derg RNLI helm recognized for his 12 years dedicated service

Lifeboats News Release

Dom Sharkey, a helm at Lough Derg RNLI has retired after twelve years dedicated service to the charity. Dom, a carpenter and master craftsman who works in building and renovation is recognized as a valued member of the RNLI team at Lough Derg.

Dom is holding a woordcut of Lough Derg

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Dom Sharkey, volunteer helm, Lough Derg RNLI

Following his final exercise on Sunday 27 February, volunteers arranged a surprise leaving party for Dom, held with kind permission, at Lough Derg Yacht Club on whose grounds Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat is currently stationed. Dom was presented with a woodcut of Lough Derg made by artist Henri Bocxe. As a mark of appreciation on behalf of the local community, Noreen Cavanagh, Manager at the Thatched Cottage Restaurant in Ballycommon, generously provided sandwiches free of charge for the party. Members of the station also baked cakes and scones.

Dom was moved by everyone’s efforts on his behalf. He reflected on how much it meant to him to be a part of such an important and vital rescue service on the lake and how he has made such great new friends through being on the crew at Lough Derg RNLI. Dom did not rule out the possibility that he would return to the Station when his professional life was less busy.

Dom’s calm and considered approach to the challenges faced by crew when out on a Shout earned the deep respect of his fellow volunteers. Many new crew have benefited from his in-depth knowledge of both the theoretical and practical essentials in being a lifeboat volunteer as well as his understanding of the delights and vagaries of the lake.


Ger Egan, senior helm at Lough Derg RNLI said of Dom that he was a “committed and dependable volunteer, humble and selfless. Totally focused on whatever challenges a rescue threw at him, he was a huge asset to have at Lough Derg RNLI and will be greatly missed”.


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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates 46 lifeboat stations in Ireland. The RNLI is independent of government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, the charity has saved over 142,700 lives.

Dom with crew members either side of him

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Centre -Dom Sharkey. LtoR - Ciara Lynch, crew, Chris Parker crew, Ger Egan helm, Joe O'Donoghue crew, Eleanor Hooker helm, Keith Brennan helm, Doireann Kennedy crew, Ania Skrzypczynska crew, Tom Hayes crew (absent from the photograph Owen Cavanagh, Steve Smyth, Jimmy Gund Kjell, Richard Nolan, Ciara Moylan, Michael O'Sullivan)
Dom holding a woodcut of Lough Derg with his fellow helms either side

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Lough Derg RNLI Helms LtoR Ger Egan, Dom Sharkey, Eleanor Hooker, Keith Brennan (absent from the photograph Owen Cavanagh and Steve Smyth)
Dom with members of Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat team on either side of him

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LtoR - Jeremy Freeman Deputy Launching Authority (DLA), Aoife Kennedy DLA, Peter Kennedy DLA & Lifeboat Mechanic, Christine O'Malley Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Hooker Lifeboat Medical Advisor, Dom Sharkey helm, Claire Tuohy Lifeboat Training Coordinator, Liam Maloney DLA, Catherine Gleeson DLA

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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