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Fethard RNLI Waves Music Festival raises €35,000 for new lifeboat appeal

Lifeboats News Release

Fethard RNLI has announced that the Waves Music Festival held on Sunday 28 August raised €35,000 towards the charity’s Special Appeal in aid of a new inshore lifeboat which is due on service at the end 2017.

Following the much anticipated RNLI Waves Music Festival, held in the walled gardens of Loftus Hall, Fethard RNLI have raised €35,000 towards their Special Appeal for a new €65,000 D class inshore lifeboat for the station. 

The family friendly day-long music event, which saw Nathan Carter, Hometown, Corner Boy, Friends in Low Places and Elmore hitting the stage along with a number of local acts, was attended by an astonishing 2,500 people.  The crowd witnessed one of the best days of summer in the historic coastal area of Hook Head.

Rebecca Doyle, Fethard RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘To have raised €35,000 from a first-time event is beyond our expectations and highlights the strength of community feeling towards the charity that saves lives at sea.’

We wish to thank all who attended or supported Waves 2016 and our generous sponsors. Their support and backing has been incredible and without it we would not have raised this amount for our new lifeboat.’

Waves sponsors were Tom O Loughlin (South East Formwork), John O Shea (Glana Hygiene), 
John Hearne (Vale Oil). John Carroll (Carrolls Boat Yard) and Ray French.

‘The Gardai, local authority and all the volunteer security and stewards made the festival the most fantastic, well run, fabulous, family, end-of-summer day out .’

We were also overwhelmed with the support of Loftus Hall for providing us with the most fantastic backdrop and for their donation of €12,000 to the lifeboat appeal.

Fethard RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew and fundraising committee gave up huge amounts of their time and were committed to making the event a success.’

Aidan Quigley, proprietor of Loftus Hall said: ‘We are delighted to have supported such a worthy cause which has raised €35,000 towards a new inshore lifeboat at our local station. The RNLI plays such a vital role in the lives of those who live, work and visit our coasts. This festival has become part of Loftus Hall’s legacy in the year where we celebrate 666 years of history, heritage and intrigue.’

Aidan finished by announcing that there will be another Waves event at Loftus Hall in 2017.


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Photo credits to Jack Butler, Peter Goadby –Watt, DMG Aerial

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