A naming ceremony and dedication of the new inshore lifeboat "Clann Lir" will take place at a ceremony at the Ballyglass inshore lifeboat station at 2pm this afternoon (Sat).

The new D-class lifeboat went on service earlier this year, funded by a donation from the Central Bank of Ireland.

The new inshore lifeboat replaces The Western, which launched 58 times while on service in Ballyglass, coming to the aid of 20 people.

The new inshore lifeboat "Clann Lir"  will now serve alongside the all-weather lifeboat, which has launched 152 times since arriving in Ballyglass, with crews coming to the assistance of over 150 people.

Padraig Sheeran, Ballyglass RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, told Midwest News that they're looking forward to the official handover and naming ceremony of the new vessel this afternoon.

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