The Irish Coastguard celebrated 200 years of service at a commemoration ceremony today.
he organization, which can trace its roots back to 1822, celebrated its 200th anniversary and the milestone was celebrated today at an event at Greenore Coast Guard Station, County Louth.
To mark the event, 950 volunteers in 44 units across the country will be presented with a special commemorative coin in recognition of their valued service.
The search and rescue service saves an average of 400 lives a year and responds to nearly 3,000 calls annually.
While the Irish Coastguard these days use cutting-edge technology to support their work, in the past their volunteers have had to rely on horse-drawn carriages to transport equipment, scale cliffs on ladders and launch rockets to reach stranded vessels in their rescue efforts.
“The 200th anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the legacy and rich history of this important emergency service,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.
Transport Secretary Eamon Ryan said at the event that the Irish Coastguard is a “critical part of Ireland’s emergency preparedness system”.
“Last year, the Coast Guard reported a 12 percent increase in the total number of incidents coordinated in 2021. Hardly a day goes by without hearing about the extraordinary work being done bravely and selflessly by their staff and volunteers. Whether it is rescuing a person from the sea, a cliff or mountain rescue, providing maritime safety broadcasts, ship casualty operations or investigating pollution reports, they provide a 24/7 service for and on behalf of the Irish people.
“I am delighted to celebrate this 200 year celebration and reflect on its rich history by recognizing the tireless work of Irish Coastguard staff and volunteers – both those currently on duty and those before them and their families around the world,” Minister Ryan said.
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