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Howth RNLI receive donation from Lough Lene Angling Association

Lifeboats News Release

Howth RNLI received a cheque for €5,525 from the Lough Lene Angling Association last Thursday (15 December 2016).

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The funds were raised as a result of the club’s annual charity fly fishing competition organised by the Midlands angling club.

Tommy Fagan, chairman of the Lough Lene Angling Association said: 'Every year we hold a fly fishing competition and raise money for charity. We’ve raised over €30,000 over the last eight or nine years. The Howth RNLI Community Safety Team carried out a life jacket clinic with us earlier this year, so it was decided that Howth RNLI would be the competition’s Charity of the Year 2016.

John McKenna, Community Safety Officer, Howth RNLI said: 'I’m delighted to receive this donation today on behalf of the charity. The money raised will help to fund our Respect the Water safety campaign, and the running of lifejacket clinics with angling and water sports clubs. It will also go towards the cost of training and kitting out Howth RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew so they are ready to save lives at sea when their pagers sound.'

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Lough Lene officers present Capt John Mc Kenna Community Safety Officer Howth RNLI with proceeds from the Chairman’s pairs fly fishing competition. From left, Pat Browne. Competition Captain Treasurer Lough Lene Angling Association (L.L.A.A.), Capt John McKenna Howth RNLI, Tom Fagan Chairman L.L.A.A., and Andy Cosgrave L.L.A.A. Credit: Mick Flanagan

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