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Charity lunch to raise vital funds for three local lifeboat stations

September 22nd, 2019 9:51 PM

By Southern Star Team

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A charity lunch weill be held in Cork next month to raise funds for Baltimore, Crosshaven and Kinsale RNLI lifeboat stations.  

THE RNLI lunch and auction will take place at Maryborough Hotel in Douglas on the outskirts of the city, on Friday  November 1st.

The fundraising event is a popular one for the lifeboat charity as friends and supporters of the RNLI come together to raise funds for three of Cork’s lifeboat stations and experience fine dining, great entertainment and the chance to bid on some wonderful auction items. 

This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Fastnet tragedy when 19 people drowned and 132 sailors were rescued by the RNLI, the Irish Naval Service, Royal Navy and RAF helicopters. 

Four Irish RNLI stations spent 74 hours at sea. 

Baltimore lifeboat station also celebrates its centenary this year, giving 100 years of volunteer service to saving lives at sea. 

Crosshaven, Kinsale and Baltimore RNLI have all had a busy year with volunteer lifeboat crew making the news for a variety of call-outs to people in trouble on the water, and in some extraordinary cases, animals too. 

Kinsale RNLI have passed out their youngest ever lifeboat helm at 21 years of age and Crosshaven volunteers responded to a call-out involving a blue shark who had badly bitten an angler.   

Last year the Baltimore, Crosshaven and Kinsale RNLI lifeboat stations launched 69 times and brought 93 people to safety. The lunch and auction will get underway at noon, followed by a three-course lunch in the Sherrard Suite of the hotel, at 1.30pm. 

This year the event will be hosted by comedian Barry Murphy with more surprises on the day.

  Tickets priced at €65 are now on sale and will be sold in tables of 10. For more see Eventbrite.co.uk 

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