- The Crescent City
- Fethard Lifeboat Disaster
- The sinking of Arandora Star
- Morven Disaster
- The Dunworley Slave Ship.
- M.V. Plassy
- Irish Poplar
- M.V. Kilkenny by Austin Gill
- Vasa – 50 years on
- The wanderer at Kingstown and John Masefield
- SS Lochgarry
- The Lady Nelson
- RNLB Mary Stanford
- Rochdale and Prince of Wales
- MV Kerlogue, neutral Irish ship
- The Wreck of the Bolivar
- Where are the Barges now?
- Commemorative Brochure
- Kenneth King Paintings
- Remember: Clonlara, convoy OG71
- Remember – Munster
- Remember: Irish Pine and 33 crew
- Irish Oak – torpedoed mid-Atlantic
- Remember – Kyleclare and 18 crew
- Remember – Luimneach
- Remember: ILV Isolda, 6 lost
- Remember: Ardmore with 24 crew
- City of Limerick, bombed and sunk
- Remember: City of Bremen
- City of Waterford, convoy OG74
- Remember: Steam Trawler Leukos
- Remember: Naomh Garbhan with 3
- Remember – SS Meath
- Remember: Kerry Head, 12 crew
- Innisfallen, mined, sunk, 4 crew lost
- Remember: St Fintan with 9 crew
- Remember: Cymric and 11 crew
- Ireland's WWII Sea Losses
- Fun Things to do
- History and Restoration of Church
- Book Reviews
- Frank Forde
- Dr Edward Bourke
- Pat Sweeney
- Roy Stokes
- Cormac Lowth
- Book Reviews
The history of Ballycotton Lifeboat Station Co. Cork was launched by RTE presenter and personality Derek Davis in the town in early July.
The joint authors are Nicholas Leech Deputy Editor of the well known British shipping magazine Ships Monthly and Brendan O’Driscoll of Youghal, who did all the local research and sourced old photographs Brendan is a member of the crew of the Youghal lifeboat and wrote the history of the Youghal lifeboat station in 1999.
Ballycotton lifeboat station is one of the most famous in Ireland. Established in 1858, the station has a long and proud history of rescuing those in peril off the coast of County Cork. The first lifeboat was powered by oars and sail, launched from a carriage and kept in a house between Egan’s shop and Duffin’s. Following this first un-named lifeboat a number of pulling lifeboats were operated until September 1930 when the first motor lifeboat, Mary Stanford, was sent to the station. The twin-engine lifeboat greatly improved the capability of the station. She was involved in the outstanding event in the station’s history, in 1936 when the Gold Medal was awarded to Coxswain Patrick Sliney, and Silver and Bronze Medals to his crew, for the service on 11thFebruary to the Daunt Rock light vessel. The lifeboat did not return to her station for three days and was on service for 63 hours, during which time her crew had only three hours sleep. For 25 hours they had no food and all came back suffering from colds and salt water burns. The casualty’s crew of eight were rescued after the lifeboat went alongside the plunging vessel, with seas sweeping over her, more than a dozen times. This was one of the most exhausting and gallant services in the history of the RNLI.
With such a rich and interesting history this volume, gives a complete account of the station, from the early days to the present and its Trent class lifeboat, covers much ground and will have a general appeal. For people wishing to buy the book contact Bláthnaid Lane Walsh,
3 Beachview Heights, Ballycotton, Co. Cork.
email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 087 4151475.
reviewed by Pat Sweeney