Above: Declan Tiernan from Baltimore RNLI Station Branch receiving his Gold Badge
The RNLI held its Annual Presentation of Awards at the Guinness Storehouse on June 17 where the charity presented 56 individual awards to volunteers from across the country. Six of the awardees were from West Cork RNLI stations and branches.
The awardees were honoured for their significant contribution to the RNLI in Ireland and years of dedicated and committed service to the charity. Many awardees were fundraising volunteers, recognised for years of service to the charity, while others were lifeboat crew who collected their long-service badges after many years on the lifeboat.
Guest of honour at the ceremony was outgoing RNLI Chairman Charles Hunter-Pease who will step down later this year after a successful term as Chairman of the Institution.
Speaking to the awardees and their friends and family during the ceremony, Mr Hunter-Pease commented; “To everyone receiving an award, whether their service has been at sea or ashore, please wear it with pride. It is the mark of someone very special, selflessly dedicated to the lives of others.
“Every day, all around our coastline, people come together to do something incredible for someone they’ve probably never met. Lifeboat crews put to sea not knowing what situation they will face. It also takes determination to raise funds. It’s a determination that sees people raise astonishing sums to keep our service running, and that is no small feat, it requires endless talent, imagination and energy.”
The West Cork RNLI awardees citations were as follows: Declan Tiernan from Baltimore RNLI Station Branch received a Gold Badge; Michael Cox from Courtmacsherry RNLI Branch received a Gold Badge; Vincent O’Donovan from Courtmacsherry RNLI Station Branch received a Gold Badge. Pamela Deasy from Leap, Glandore and Union Hall RNLI Branch received a Gold Badge; Jimmy Murphy from Bandon RNLI Branch received a Bar to Gold Badge; Aidan Bushe from Baltimore RNLI Station Branch received his Long Service Badge.