In 2017, the RNLI and the GAA announced a major partnership aimed at reducing the number of people who lose their lives through drowning in Ireland. Each year, an average of 28 people drown accidentally around the Irish coast. Many GAA clubs are based in coastal communities with 333 of them within a 10 km radius of the 46 RNLI stations in Ireland. The two organisations share many of the same core values when it comes to community and volunteering.
Youghal GAA and Youghal RNLI Station have formed a very important partnership. At a recent presentation dinner to celebrate the achievements of the Eochaill Óg under 13, 14 and 16 teams, Kevin Daly and Patsy O’Mahony from Youghal RNLI were in attendance to reinforce the important message of water safety.
Kevin Daly, Volunteer crew member from Youghal RNLI said: ‘We are delighted to be here helping to celebrate the success of these young players and to remind them and their families of our FLOAT message, if you do find yourself unexpectedly in the water, fight your instinct to swim, float on your back until the cold water shock passes and you can catch your breath, then either swim to safety or call for help’.