End-of-an-era-at-Arklow-Irelands-oldest-RNLI-Lifeboat-Station

Byline: On Friday (28 February) Arklows longest serving operations volunteer Mr Jimmy Tyrrell, Lifeboat Operations Manager(Former) formally retired from his position. Jimmy has been at the helm at Arklow for 46 years.
Page Content: Jimmy’s  dedication to the role was well known right across the RNLI(Ireland & England). People came from far and near to mark the occasion, with messages from people who were unable to attend.
Jimmy is  hugely respected person within the Arklow Community and in the Irish and UK Lifeboating and Maritime community.

The event took place at a bustling Arklow Sailing Club. With standing room only all of the various people from far and wide stood up and spoke of their interactions with Jimmy down the years.
 Finally Jimmy took the floor and spoke “briefly”  about his 46 years as a volunteer at Irelands oldest RNLI Lifeboat station, he took us through the history of the station and his familiy’s long association with it, right up to date with his delight at having the RNLI’s newest lifeboat named for the River Shannon and the recently published book by Jim Rees, “ To the Banks & Beyond” a History of Arklow Lifeboat station

Towards the end of his speech Jimmy formally handed over his Pager to Mr. John Tyrrell who has taken over as Lifeboat Operations Manager. Jimmy was treated to a standing ovation.

An emotional Jimmy wished John and all of our volunteers  the very best of luck and said

“Without the support of our lifeboating familes, spouses and friends, our volunteers cannot give of themselves-thank you to all of our families”

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RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0868260439, email mark@aslsafety.com or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer on 087 648 3547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.ie  News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.ie/press

Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations with 44 in Ireland. The RNLI is independent of the Coast Guard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736)

Byline: On Friday (28 February) Arklows longest serving operations volunteer Mr Jimmy Tyrrell, Lifeboat Operations Manager(Former) formally retired from his position. Jimmy has been at the helm at Arklow for 46 years.
Page Content: Jimmy's  dedication to the role was well known right across the RNLI(Ireland & England). People came from far and near to mark the occasion, with messages from people who were unable to attend.
Jimmy is  hugely respected person within the Arklow Community and in the Irish and UK Lifeboating and Maritime community.

The event took place at a bustling Arklow Sailing Club. With standing room only all of the various people from far and wide stood up and spoke of their interactions with Jimmy down the years.
 Finally Jimmy took the floor and spoke “briefly”  about his 46 years as a volunteer at Irelands oldest RNLI Lifeboat station, he took us through the history of the station and his familiy’s long association with it, right up to date with his delight at having the RNLI’s newest lifeboat named for the River Shannon and the recently published book by Jim Rees, “ To the Banks & Beyond” a History of Arklow Lifeboat station

Towards the end of his speech Jimmy formally handed over his Pager to Mr. John Tyrrell who has taken over as Lifeboat Operations Manager. Jimmy was treated to a standing ovation.

An emotional Jimmy wished John and all of our volunteers  the very best of luck and said

“Without the support of our lifeboating familes, spouses and friends, our volunteers cannot give of themselves-thank you to all of our families”



Ends

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0868260439, email mark@aslsafety.com or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer on 087 648 3547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.ie  News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.ie/press

Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations with 44 in Ireland. The RNLI is independent of the Coast Guard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736)