Sombre mood as Toaiseach opens new Waterville Coast Guard station

Date Published : March 27th, 2017    Published By : admin

A new Coast Guard station was officially opened this afternoon by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The mood was sombre as Irish Coast Guard members and other service personnel gathered at Waterville’s newly refurbished coast guard station in County Kerry for the official opening.  

The Building, which was originally taken over by the State from the British Coastguard in 1923, had fallen into disrepair and has now been fully refurbished by the Office of Public Works (OPW) with an investment of €377,000.

Speaking at the event to officially open the refurbished station the Taoiseach said: “The Irish Coast Guard has suffered more than its share of tragedy recently with the shocking loss of Volunteer Caitríona Lucas as well as the crew of Rescue 116, Dara Fitzpatrick, Mark Duffy, Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith. It is a sobering reminder of the ever-present danger Coast Guard and other emergency responders face every time they answer that call for help. As we open this new station at Waterville, we again remember the constant courage and selflessness of our emergency personnel and we pray for the safety and well-being of all who operate from here in the future.”

IRCG Kerry Iveragh Waterville
Pic: Newly refurbished Waterville Coast Guard station
Photo: (Iveragh/Waterville Coast Guard)

Waterville Coast Guard opened a book of condolences at the ceremony.

In the latter part of 2015, Knightstown Coast Guard amalgamated with Waterville Coast Guard to provide a better response in the south west Kerry region. A 200-year-old Rocket Wagon and Waterville’s new Coast Guard jeep were on display at the ceremony.

200 yrar old IRCG cart
Photo: (Iveragh/Waterville Coast Guard)

The refurbished Irish Coast Guard station is based beside the local garda station.

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross “On my own behalf and on behalf of my Department I would like again to express our deepest condolences and sincere sympathies to all those affected by the recent tragedy, particularly to the family members of the crew of Rescue 116. My Department and I have the utmost respect for the volunteers and helicopter crews who provide a search and rescue service on behalf of the Irish Coast Guard, a division of my Department. Their bravery, dedication and commitment is nothing short of remarkable.”

Emergency Times hopes to have more photos from the official opening later this week.

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