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Sunday 24 September 2017

Wicklow RNLI bids farewell to two retiring crew members

Brendan Copeland (left) presents Barry Spencer with his Certificate of Service
Brendan Copeland (left) presents Barry Spencer with his Certificate of Service
Dermot Collins (right) receives his Certificate of Service from Ciaran Doyle

Wicklow RNLI has honoured two long-serving members who recently retired from service.

Dermot Collins joined Wicklow RNLI on June 1, 2004, as Deputy Launching Authority and not long after retiring from Irish Ferries, where his last position was that of captain of the ferry Ulysses.

Over the next 13 years, he served his community and the RNLI diligently and with dedication. He was involved in some of the major operations at the station over the years.

At a farewell reception in Wicklow Sailing Club, Dermot was presented with a certificate of service signed by the RNLI Director of Operations. He was also presented with a glass engraving of the M/v Ulysses by acting Coxswain Ciaran Doyle and Station Mechanic Brendan Copeland on behalf of a grateful crew.

RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Des Davitt said: 'Dermot's quiet and unassuming manner helped him to readily fit in with the operations team at the lifeboat station. He was certainly of great assistance to me and an asset to the station'.

Barry Spencer received his framed certificate of service, signed by the Director of Operations for the RNLI, from station Mechanic Brendan Copeland. Barry retired at the end of May after 15 years' service.

He began as a crewman on both the inshore vessel and the all-weather lifeboat. He later became ILB mechanic and served with distinction for six years as Helm on the Inshore Lifeboat. Barry was involved in many rescues over his years and the popular Wexford native will be missed.

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