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Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s new D-class lifeboat is to be officially named Réalt na Mara during a ceremony on the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire this Saturday (30 April 2011) at 12 noon.  The lifeboat is to be delivered into the care of the RNLI by Mr Pat Kenny and to be named by Mrs Kathy Kenny.  The well known couple have been long-standing supporters of the Dun Laoghaire RNLI lifeboats.
 
The €35,000 inshore lifeboat has been largely funded through a contribution made locally.
 
Stephen Wynne, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager will be accepting the lifeboat into the care of the lifeboat station during the ceremony says; “ The naming of our lifeboat is a very special occasion for the station.  It is our way of thanking the public for their generous support and how the funds raised are used..  We are very proud to be the custodians of a brand new lifeboat and we will honour the trust and investment that has been placed in us. Our new vessel will carry our volunteer lifeboat crew out to sea to save lives and bring those in trouble safely home.”  
 
The D class lifeboat is part of the RNLI’s inshore fleet.  It measures five metres in length and can carry three crewmembers onboard.  It is a fast, light weight inflatable that is small and highly manoeuvrable, making it ideal for rescue close to shore.  It can also be righted by the lifeboat crew in the event of a capsize.
 
All are welcome to attend the naming ceremony. There will be a special service of dedication and blessing and the lifeboat will put to sea after the ceremony.
 
Réalt na Mara will be on service along with the Dun Laoghaire All Weather lifeboat Trent class lifeboat Anna Livia.  Last year Dun Laoghaire lifeboat launched fifty times and brought sixty people to safety.
 
The RNLI is a charity which relies on voluntary contributions and legacies. For more see www.rnli.org.uk
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