Lifeboat Pages and Links
We are certain that between us we can come up with some ideas to raise both awareness and funds. I really do hope that our site and all in Kinsale, Courtmacsherry and Barry Lifeboats can begin a long friendship and continue the good relations that already exist between the communities via Maritime and Family links.
Wednesday 28th February 2007
THE RNLI has released its annual statistics - which reveal that 2006 was its busiest year to date.
RNLI volunteers in Wales rescued 1,299 people in 2006, a 25 per cent increase on the same period in 2005.
And Barry Dock was the busiest all-weather RNLI lifeboat, launching 39 times in 2006.
Across Wales, RNLI crews rescued four people every single day in 2006.
Lifeboats in Wales launched 1,239 times in 2006, compared with 1,154 launches in 2005.
The volunteer RNLI crew at The Mumbles rescued more casualties than any other of the 31 lifeboat stations in Wales, bringing 114 people safely ashore in 2006, a 54 per cent increase on the 2005 figures.
The busiest station was Rhyl with 115 launches in 2006, a small increase on the previous year.
Of the 31 RNLI lifeboat stations in Wales, 23 have seen a dramatic increase in emergency call-outs.
The greatest number of launches was to power pleasure craft, which represented nearly 300 of all the coastal emergencies.
Mechanical failure was the biggest reason for people getting into difficulty at sea, followed by vessels getting into trouble in adverse weather conditions.
RNLI volunteers never know what they will face when the call for help comes, which is why the charity provides the best training to ensure crew are fully equipped to deal with all situations.
That training comes at a cost, which is why the RNLI has launched a national campaign Train One, Save Many to raise the £10 million required to train its volunteer crews over five years.
Sea Sunday Celebrations
Kinsale. Co. Cork.
10th June 2007.
Sea Sunday : Mission to Seafarers.
Canon David Williams on (0)21-477 2220 for further details.
The annual ecumenical Sea Sunday Service, will take place in Kinsale on June 10th 2007, to commemorate all those lost at sea. Following a service in the medieval splendour of St. Multose’s parish church, prayers will be read and a wreath laid at the Seaman's Memorial on Pier Road. Usually followed by the Blessing of the Boats at the pier head. The Irish Navy, Irish Army and Royal Navy, including members of the 771 Squadron from Culdrose, Cornwall are normally in attendance.
The purpose of Sea Sunday is to commemorate those who have died at sea, to pray for the safety of those who work at sea, who use the sea for recreation and who respond to marine emergencies.
Tribute to Mr Haydn Holmes
January 27th 2007
SYMPATHY was extended at the January meeting of Kinsale Town Council to the family of the late Mr. Haydn Holmes, a former Mayor of Barry in Wales who died, aged 83 at Llandough Hospital, Barry on Christmas Day.
The former Labour councillor and long serving trade unionist, was to the fore in bringing about the signing of a ‘ Friendship Pact’ between the Barry branch of the Merchant Navy Association (MNA) Wales and Kinsale Harbour Board and also supported efforts, which are ongoing, for similar pact between Kinsale and Barry Town Councils.
The vote of sympathy was proposed by Mr. Charles Henderson, seconded by Mr. Billy Lynch, the latter of whom was a signatory of the friendship pact at the ‘Welsh Leg’ of the ceremony in the Sea View Labour Club in Barry on September 29th 2001.
Mr. Lynch said a wreath was sent to Barry on behalf of Kinsale Harbour Board of which he is a member.
Former mayor of Barry and leader of its Town Council, Mr. Theo Strenstrom, said the late Mr. Holmes, who had been a councillor in the Castleland Ward, was “a sincere, caring person who was very, very strong willed”. There was also a tribute from Mr. Jim Greenway, chairman of the Barry branch MNA, Wales.
The late Mr. Holmes, who served in the Merchant Navy and Royal Navy, made a number of visits to Kinsale for the annual ‘Sea Sunday’ ceremonies as well to Courtmacsherry to visit members of the royal National Lifeboat Institution since Barry has a lifeboat station, He was also a friendly face for visits by delegations from Kinsale to events in the Welsh Port which has strong family and maritime links with Ireland and especially Kinsale.
Survived by his daughters Shelagh and Lynne and grandchildren and great grandchildren, Mr. Holmes from 18, Morgan Street, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, was buried after a funeral service in St. Mary’s Church, Barry on January 10th. His wife Margaret died in August 2001.
Efforts are also ongoing to forge links between the respective Royal National Lifeboat Stations in Barry, Kinsale and also Courtmacsherry which has connections with the Welsh port. This is being spearheaded by Keith Greenway who has compiled the excellent website www.ss-tregenna.co.uk.
*Messages of sympathy were conveyed on behalf of the Barry branch of the MNA by Chairman Jim Greenway and chaplain Rev. Malcolm Davies to the people of Kinsale and Dunmore East following the recent double trawler tragedy off the south east coast which claimed the lives of seven fishermen including skipper Ger. Bohan and crew man Tomasz Jagla of the Kinsale based Honeydew II. Prayers were offered at all services in All Saints Church, Barry.