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Big day for Wexford Lifeboat Service 09/10/15

| October 9, 2015

The powerful sound of the Male Voice Choir echoed across Wexford Quays as a distinguished crowd gathered for another important chapter in the history of the lifeboat service in the town.

The occasion was the Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication of the D Class lifeboat the Alfred William Newman. The whole thing was made possible as a result of a generous bequest in the Will of Alfred William Newman in the UK..

In an impressive ceremony the lifeboat was officially handed over to the RNLI on the day by the Chief Executive of the Commissioners of Irish Lights, Yvonne Shields.

The service of dedication was led by Fr. Aodhan Marken and Canon Arthur Minnion.

The Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Ger Carthy, who opened the proceedings paid warm tribute to all those who work in a voluntary capacity as part of the lifeboat service in Wexford helping to protect the local community from the perils of the s4ea.

He made particular mention of all those volunteers who in the early 1990s, following the tragic drowning of well know local entertain Paddy Busher, raised the funds to set up the Wexford Harbour Inshore Rescue Service which formally became part of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution almost a decade later. This meant that after a seventy seven year gap Wexford Harbour again had the protection of an RNLI Lifeboat Service.

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