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Lough Derg RNLI thank Garrykennedy Sailing Club for their fundraising sail

Lifeboats News Release

Lough Derg RNLI thank Garrykennedy Sailing Club for hosting the 'Visitors Cup'; an annual race sailed in aid of the RNLI

On Saturday June 4 volunteers on Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat ‘Jean Spier’, helm Eleanor Hooker, crew Doireann Kennedy, Joe O’Donoghue and Ciara Lynch stopped in Garrykennedy to wish all the sailor’s well, and to thank Declan Moore, Commodore of Garrykennedy Sailing Club, and his committee, for the club’s wonderful support for their local RNLI lifeboat.

The 'Visitor’s Cup' Race is an annual race organised by Garrykennedy Sailing Club in aid of the lifeboats.

The event has raised significant funds for the charity, which relies solely on public contributions for its lifesaving activities.

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