Galway RNLI passes €100,000 fundraising milestone


The RNLI has received a €5,000 donation from Galway Shipping Company to help fund their lifesaving work at sea.

Representatives from the City of Galway Shipping Company recently visited Galway RNLI during their weekly training session, to present the charity with the donation.

The company, which has been in operation since 1947, is based a short distance from the Galway lifeboat station, at New Docks.

This donation brings the amount raised for the charity in Galway this year, to €100,000, with a recent legacy and a donation from the Marine Institute.

Before the volunteer lifeboat crew went out on their training exercise, Galway Shipping’s General Manager Tom McElwain and board members John Coyle and Dr John Killeen met with Galway RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Mike Swan and some of the team based at the lifeboat station, to present the €5,000 donation.

The City of Galway Shipping Company have made the donation in support of the lifesaving work of the RNLI, which will next year be celebrating 200 years of search and rescue.

The company’s board members are all successors of the founders and are admirers of the work of the lifeboats.

John Coyle is also a former Chairperson of the RNLI’s Irish Council and Trustee of the RNLI, while Dr John Killeen is the current Chairperson of the Irish Council and a Trustee of the charity.

Speaking at the cheque presentation, John Coyle said, “With Galway Shipping based a short distance from the lifeboat station, we have all seen first-hand, the volunteers launching, in all weathers and at all hours of the day and night, to rescue people.”

“The lifeboat crew based here and at the stations around the country do a fantastic job and the shareholders are proud to give this donation to the charity for their lifesaving work.”

With the RNLI celebrating its 200th anniversary next year, I hope there will be many such occasions in the future.’

Galway RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Mike Swan added, “We are delighted to receive this donation on behalf of the RNLI. The investment in our lifeboat, the kit our volunteers wear and the training everyone must undertake, can be seen every time we launch.”

“We have a great bunch of people who volunteer their time to help others. Behind the crew is a strong team that supports the lifesaving on the water.”

“Our volunteers all work in different jobs in the community but are united in a common goal, to save lives. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our donors that supports us in doing this.”

The month of May is the RNLI’s Mayday appeal. People can run, walk, hop or skip a mayday mile a day to raise funds for the lifeboat crews and help save lives at sea. See for details.