Monday, 22 June 2015

Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue and Healyracing's tribute to A.P. McCoy

in Listowel Square


Signs Old and New on Courthouse Road


Look who I met in Changes

Jean Quille of Kerry Businesswomen's Network with Norah Casey who was in town for Listowel Food Fair and Danny Russell of Changes who had just styled Norah's hair.


Healyracing tribute to A.P. McCoy

One of the really nice local events on this year's Writers' Week programme was Healyracing's photographic tribute to A.P. McCoy. I was lucky to be there. Here are a few photos I took at the launch.

Three generations of the Kelliher family

John Maguire, Kevin Sheehy, Maurice Hannon, Aiden O'Connor and John McAulliffe

Liam Healy with his granddaughters

Junior Griffin, Cathy Healy and Danny Hannon

John McGuire, Maurice Sheehy, John Keane, Kevin Sheehy and Junior Griffin

Old stock: Junior Griffin and Liam Healy

Liam with Mr. Carey

Sally O'Neill and Michael Lynch

Lisa Healy and son

Marion Relihan

Pat Healy

Liam with Owen and Maura MacMahon

Seán Lyons and Christy Walsh

Christine Dwyer Hickey and Máire O'Connor

Sean Lyons, Máire Logue and Joe Stack


Heroes All

Ballybunion Sea & Cliff Rescue was founded in 1986 to provide a rescue service to the locality of North Kerry and West Limerick.

The unit, manned by 35 volunteers, is situated on the Ladies Beach in Ballybunion and operates as a declared resource to the Irish Coast Guard. BSCR operate on 7 minute readiness for the D Class and 12 minutes for the Atlantic 75, always available on 24 hour pager alert. As a declared resource we form part of a group of voluntary rescue boats collectively called Community Rescue Boats Ireland. This is made up of 13 units around the country (listed below)

Although maintaining the name Sea & Cliff Rescue, cliff rescue was taken over by the Ballybunion Unit of the Irish Coast Guard in 1991 (then the Coast and Cliff Rescue Service). The Irish Coast Guard unit based in Ballybunion is a separate organization and should not be mixed up with BSCR.

Equipped with a D class inflatable boat, & a new Atlantic 75 RIB, BSCR covers the coast and Shannon Estuary from Ballyheigue, Co Kerry to Foynes, Co. Limerick, and inland to Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick. Having a declared night time capability also means we overlap with neighboring services to cover that area in the hours of darkness.

As well as providing 24x7 Sea & Cliff Rescue, the volunteers also provide First Aid and Ambulance assistance at a handful of horse races and other events around the Ballybunion area.

We rely on public donations and all year round fund raising to raise the €45,000 needed to keep the service afloat each year. None of our members are paid and all give their time freely.

The crest of Ballybunion Sea & Cliff Rescue Service is made up of an anchor in the centre, a ring buoy around a figure of 8 (for climbing) and a plan view of a D Class boat, all of which is outlined by a gold rope.

The words "Watch for ye know not the hour" is the units motto and comes from Matthew 24:42. It reminds people to always be careful.......because you never know when you may need us.

Photo and text from Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue 


An Gleann 2015 Scoil Realt na Maidine champions


Billy Keane's great article about Limerick Tipperary rivalry on the field of play and a heartache closer to home is


We have a Winner

Maria Stack of Listowel (on left) was declared the best dressed lady at Cork Summer Show at the weekend.

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