New lifeboat has strong Ark­low roots

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

AN old friend came to visit Ark­low Lifeboat sta­tion at the week­end in the shape of the RNLB Michael O’Brien.

Named after Ark­low’s for­mer Lifeboat Coxswain, the RNLI’s new­est boat was wel­comed by fam­ily, friends and for­mer col­leagues of Michael’s as it made a cour­testy call to his home town.

The new Shan­non Class Lifeboat was on de­liv­ery pas­sage to Clogher­head where the boat will be sta­tioned.

It was named after Michael fol­low­ing a be­quest in the will of Gorey farmer and long-time friend of Michael and Ark­low RNLI, Henry Tomkins.

Fol­low­ing the emo­tional visit, a proud Jimmy Tyrrell, for­mer Ark­low RNLI Life Boat Op­er­a­tions Man­ager ,said, ‘I cam­paigned for years to have a Lifeboat Class named after an Ir­ish River, to see one of this class named after a col­league and friend is truly a great hon­our and fills us all with great hap­pi­ness and pride.

‘All of us at Ark­low RNLI wish our col­leagues at Clogher­head ev­ery good wish for the fu­ture, we know Michael will look after them.’

The RNLB Michael O’Brien en­ter­ing Ark­low Har­bour.

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