Presentation as Charley steps down from RNLI after 25 years
The contribution which Dundalk man Charley McCarthy has made to the North Louth Branch of the RNLI was recognised at a well-attended function in Carlingford Sailing Club recently.
Charley, who stepped down as chairperson of the branch after 25 years, has done a huge amount of fundraising for the RNLI, and on the night he presented a cheque for a whopping €26,300 which had been raised for the Shannon project in the previous 6 months
He was presented with Lifetime Excellence in Volunteering award by Poole, a unique oak bowl handcrafted by Noel Sharkey, ex-coxswain Clogherhead RNLI, and a ship's bell by Pat McGinn on behalf of the North Louth Branch. And it was announced that he has been awarded an Honorary Lifetime Presidency of the Branch.
Charley is well known for his wealth of knowledge on maritime history which he is happy to share with others. During his time as pilot-boat coxswain, he often assisted the Clogherhead Lifeboat thanks to his knowledge of the sea in this area.