Sunday 22 October 2017

Joe Duffy paid tribute to R116 crew at event at Dublin's Pro-Cathedral

Joe Duffy speaks with John and Mary Fitzpatrick parents of Dara Fitzpatrick the Captain of Rescue 116 at a concert in the Pro Cathedral to celebrate Frontline Services.
Joe Duffy speaks with John and Mary Fitzpatrick parents of Dara Fitzpatrick the Captain of Rescue 116 at a concert in the Pro Cathedral to celebrate Frontline Services.
Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade and Ambulance Services Band at a concert in the Pro Cathedral to celebrate Frontline Services.
Joe Duffy speaks with John and Mary Fitzpatrick parents of Dara Fitzpatrick the Captain of Rescue 116 at a concert in the Pro Cathedral to celebrate Frontline Services.
Joe Duffy speaks with John and Mary Fitzpatrick parents of Dara Fitzpatrick the Captain of Rescue 116 at a concert in the Pro Cathedral to celebrate Frontline Services.

Alan O'Keeffe

Broadcaster Joe Duffy paid tribute to the crew of the R116 coastguard helicopter at a concert tonight at Dublin's Pro-Cathedral.

The broadcaster welcomed John and Mary Fitzpatrick, the parents of pilot Dara, to the event, telling them the nation will never forget her and her colleagues on R116.

Duffy, the keynote speaker at the event organised by the Frontline Emergency and Security Services Eire Forum, also paid tribute to many others who lost their lives in the line of duty.

He extended best wishes to Dara's parent as the couple mark their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend.

A presentation was made in her honour to her parents and there was also a presentation to Caroline Donohoe, daughter of slain detective Adrian Donohoe.

Co-ordinator of the tribute concert was Garda Chief Superintendent Kevin Gralton.

Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade and Ambulance Services Band at a concert in the Pro Cathedral to celebrate Frontline Services.
Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade and Ambulance Services Band at a concert in the Pro Cathedral to celebrate Frontline Services.
Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade and Ambulance Services Band at a concert in the Pro Cathedral to celebrate Frontline Services.
Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade and Ambulance Services Band at a concert in the Pro Cathedral to celebrate Frontline Services.

 Also performing at the concert were the pro-cathedral’s administrator Canon Damian O’Reilly, who sang two hymns, the Midland Prison Officers' Choir, the Cor Na gCairde choir,  singer Sinead Ni Chasaide, and uillean piper Maitiu O'Casaide,  the Humanitarian Orchestra, and the group October Fires.

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