Photo 1: Grace Gallagher has been a member of the Arranmore fundraising committee for over 25 years. She has been honoured and recognised by the RNLI as the longest-serving member of the fundraising committee of the Arranmore Lifeboat Station and has raised thousands of euro of funds for the RNLI.
Grace said “I can’t believe I’ve been fundraising for the RNLI for over 25 years. Living by the sea and with many of our families involved in the fishing industry we rely on the Lifeboat and the contribution of the public to continue with this essential voluntary service. It has been a pleasure to be part of it”.
Photo 2: Sadie Bonner is a former post woman and started supporting the RNLI by collecting fundraising buckets from shops, selling badges and is now treasurer of the fundraising committee.
Photo 3: Women helping to launch the Lifeboat at Dungeness, Kent, England Photo credit RNLI
Photo 4: Round the world sailor, Arranmore RNLI crew member, Sharon O’Donnell.
Photo 5: Crew member, Erin Mc Cafferty, who is a student at NUIG with Arranmore RNLI Station President, Majella O’Donnell
Photo 6: Nora Flanagan. First female crew member and press officer of the Arranmore RNLI Lifeboat.
Photo 7: Karen Mc Gowan. Arranmore RNLI Lifeboat former crew member, nurse and now President of the INMO
Photo 8: Teacher and Arranmore RNLI crew member, Aisling Cox with her father, Kieran who is a long-term member of the crew.
Women of the Arranmore RNLI
By Nora Flanagan
Since Sir William Hillary founded the RNLI in 1824 women have had a role in the service, initially working in the background by helping to launch and recover the lifeboats, fundraising for this voluntary service and supporting their husbands and sons when the Lifeboat went to the rescue of lives in peril on the sea.