The RNLI’s most westerly shop in Ireland has opened its doors on Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands, to raise vital lifesaving funds for the charity that saves lives at sea.
It’s hoped the new shop, which is located inside Aran Islands RNLI’s lifeboat station at Kilronan Pier, will be a key attraction for both the islanders and the many visitors who come to the island each year.
Volunteers plan to have the shop open seven days a week during the tourist season (Easter through to Autumn) with opening times coinciding with the ferry arrival and departure times.
The shop offers a wide range of unique RNLI goods, including clothing and accessories, home and kitchen gadgets, toys and games, books and stationery, and gifts.
This is the second RNLI shop on the west coast of Ireland, along with Sligo Bay which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Speaking following the first week of trading, Brian Wilson, RNLI Community Manager says RNLI shops started 100 years ago as cake stands before they expanded into selling commemorative souvenirs and cards, and now offer a range of RNLI products with all profits helping to save lives at sea.