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Monday 26 June 2017

Wicklow RNLI's new lifeboat named after generous couple

Phylis White officially naming the Dennis-Audrey D class lifeboat at Wicklow Lifeboat Station on Saturday afternoon.
Phylis White officially naming the Dennis-Audrey D class lifeboat at Wicklow Lifeboat Station on Saturday afternoon.
Carol Flahive, Brid Goodbody, Lisa O'Leary and Amy O'Neill at Saturday's ceremony.
Fr Donal Roche blesses the boat.

Sara Gahan

A special ceremony was held at Wicklow Lifeboat Station where Wicklow's RNLI officially named its new donated D class lifeboat Dennis-Audrey to fulfil a couple's dream.

The funding for the new lifeboat came from Gladys Audrey Deakin, known as Audrey, who lived in Coventry and left her residuary estate to the RNLI.

Audrey and her late husband Dennis loved holidays by the sea and were impressed by the work of the charity's volunteers. It was their dream that their bequest be used to fund a lifeboat and that it would be named after them.

The couple were represented at the ceremony by Audrey's solicitor Michelle Gavin who presented the lifeboat to RNLI, before chair of the RNLI Council in Ireland David Delamer gave it over into the care of Wicklow Lifeboat Station.

'The vessel has found a home here in Wicklow and will go on to save many lives and bring countless loved ones home,' Mr Delamer said. 'That one fact says a great deal indeed about Audrey and we will remember her for her generosity and her humanitarianism for many years to come.'

Former chair of the Wicklow RNLI fundraising branch Phylis White had the honour of officially naming the lifeboat during the ceremony. Sean Olohan and the Wicklow Swim for Life Choir led the congregation in song.

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