Union Hall RNLI receives $500 from Irish expats in San Francisco

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers at Union Hall RNLI received a cheque recently for over $500 from a group of Irish expatriates in the USA.

Cheque presentation

RNLI/Pamela Deasy

John Farley presents cheque to Pamela Deasy

Pamela Deasy, a volunteer fundraiser travelled to Kinsale recently and met John Farley, who resides in San Francisco, and his good friend John O’Mahony, a volunteer Deputy Launching Authority at Kinsale RNLI, to receive a cheque on behalf of McCarthy’s Bar in San Francisco.

McCarthy’s Bar is owned by Eileen McCarthy from Drinagh, West Cork. John is a lifelong supporter of the RNLI with first hand experience of their work after he, his sister and his niece were rescued a number of years ago when their boat broke down off the Old Head of Kinsale.

You can pop a donation in the RNLI fundraising box, as John and Eileen McCarthy have installed a lifeboat collection box in McCarthy’s Bar so fundraising can continue into the future.

Pamela Deasy, Union Hall RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘On behalf of all our team, we wish to thank Eileen and John for thinking of us in Union Hall. This donation will help us greatly, with three call outs in the last two weeks, this donation will help with training costs for our volunteers, as it costs roughly €1,557 per crew member annually.’


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