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Mark Chambers receiving his 10 year volunteer service medal from Niall Ferns, Manager of Coast Guard Operations and Support.

Mark Chambers receiving his 10 year volunteer service medal from Niall Ferns, Manager of Coast Guard Operations and Support.

Members of Courtown/Arklow Coastguards receiving their Medals of Tenure at the Courtown Coastguard hut, Courtown, including Benjamin Murphy (centre), who received his medal for 40 years of service.

Members of Courtown/Arklow Coastguards receiving their Medals of Tenure at the Courtown Coastguard hut, Courtown, including Benjamin Murphy (centre), who received his medal for 40 years of service.

Peter Donegan receiving his 20 year volunteer service medal from Niall Ferns, Manager of Coast Guard Operations and Support.

Peter Donegan receiving his 20 year volunteer service medal from Niall Ferns, Manager of Coast Guard Operations and Support.

Paul Swinburne receiving his 20 year volunteer service medal from Niall Ferns, Manager of Coast Guard Operations and Support.

Paul Swinburne receiving his 20 year volunteer service medal from Niall Ferns, Manager of Coast Guard Operations and Support.

David Swinburne receiving his 10 year volunteer service medal from Niall Ferns, Manager of Coast Guard Operations and Support.

David Swinburne receiving his 10 year volunteer service medal from Niall Ferns, Manager of Coast Guard Operations and Support.

Peter Ivory receiving his 10 year volunteer service medal from Niall Ferns, Manager of Coast Guard Operations and Support.

Peter Ivory receiving his 10 year volunteer service medal from Niall Ferns, Manager of Coast Guard Operations and Support.

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Mark Chambers receiving his 10 year volunteer service medal from Niall Ferns, Manager of Coast Guard Operations and Support.

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DILIGENT SERVICE was recognised as members of the Courtown/Arklow Coast Guard received medals of tenure.

All eyes were on Arklow’s Benjamin Murphy who was presented with his medal for 40 years of service, something his voluntary colleagues knew was a very tough thing to achieve. 

David Swinburne of Courtown/Arklow Coast Guard said that it also marked Benjamin’s retirement which took place previously, but could not be marked then due to Covid-19.

"Pulling off 40 years of service is nearly impossible to do and it’s a massive achievement as a volunteer. We’d like to congratulate him for an incredible service”.

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Other members of the organisation were recognised for long tenures also, with medals for ten years of service and 20 years of service given out. 

Mr Swinburne said that it was important to honour the team as there is an understanding among all volunteers of the commitment involved. 

"What you really need in this role is patience and to realise that it’s not just you when that pager goes off. We have volunteers of all ages from 18 to 65 and we understand that everyone has family or work needs going on, but when you go out you have to focus only on the task at hand. We all support each other no matter what”.


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