Sunday 31 January 2010

Coast Guard Training in Suicide Prevention Skills

Read an article recently published in the Emergency Services Ireland Magazine on the Training in Suicide Prevention Skills carried out by Howth Coast Guard.

Please support AWARE

Following the death of our close friend and colleague, Alan Harris of, we urge you to please support the hugely valuable work of AWARE.
AWARE is a national voluntary organisation providing support through depression. The organisation undertakes to create a society where people with depression are understood and supported, are free from stigma, and have access to a broad range of appropriate therapies to enable them to reach their full potential.
Services include support groups nationwide, a loCall Helpline open 365 days a year (both services available to individuals with depression and also family members and friends) Beat the Blues secondary schools awareness programme, depression awareness and information talks and seminars, and a free information service. For more information call 01 661 7211 or email

In case of emergency...

If you spot someone in trouble at sea, on the cliffs or coast, even if you 'think' that someone may be in trouble , dial 112/999 and ask for the Coast Guard. If you are in trouble at sea, call on VHF Channel 16, MF 2182 KHz or use DSC.

Friday 29 January 2010

Alan's funeral details...

Alan's funeral will take place at 11am this Saturday, in St.Pappin's Church, Church Lane, Santry, Dublin - and follow onto Glasnevin Cemetery.

You can also now visit a public condolence page on the surfdock website:
This is also a place to share stories, and celebrate Alan's life.
There is a link for you to send pictures, for a gallery we would like to complile of Alan.

If you emailed the condolence email address, you will recieve an email asking if you would like your email added to this Alan's page. Otherwise, your email will be compiled into a condolence book for Denise and Alan's family.

Wednesday 27 January 2010

Alan Harris R.I.P.

Unfortunately our appeal to find Alan has not come to a happy ending. The body of our friend and colleague was found yesterday in Donegal. For the time being Surfdock is closed and if anyone would like to express their condolences, an email address has been set up for Denise, Alan's family, and his close friends:
May you rest in peace Alan. God Bless.

Thursday 21 January 2010

Great guide to life in Malahide


By Robin KIELY
Wednesday January 13 2010
AN indispensable guide to life in Malahide has just been launched and distributed to every home in the seaside town.
The brainchild of Malahide Chamber of Commerce, the Malahide Directory is essential reading, for tourists and locals alike. Launched at a chamber function, the new publication aims to not only provide a guide to the services in the town, but at the same time help support local businesses.
'It's a directory for businesses in Malahide, aimed at residents and visitors,' Malahide Chamber of Commerce president, Al Ryan, told the Fingal Independent.
' We're seeking to provide a comprehensive listing of businesses and contacts, as well as useful information about the town's services, such as schools and hospitals.
'It also features a map of town, indicating where all the key services are.' Months of hard work went into the project, which was led by Córa Garvey and is self-funding, and the first delivery of the publication has already been made, with two more to follow. 'Our number one aim was to inform people of the huge variety of services and retailing that the town has to offer,' Mr Ryan continued.
'It went out to every home – 8,000 were delivered to local households – and an additional 20,000 brochures will be distributed to businesses in Malahide, particularly hotels, guest houses and retailers, for visitors.
' We want this to have longevity as well and we want it be kept in people's hands.'
The cover also features the chamber's new town branding, including the catch-line 'Malahide Has It', and it's hoped the directory will become and annual publication.
'That's the intention,' Mr Ryan added. ' We'd like to see it expanded.'
- Robin KIELY

Howth Lifeboat Crew Rescues Injured Man from Harbour

Howth Lifeboat Crew Rescues Injured Man from Harbour 20:01:2010
Howth Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) came to the aid of a man who had fallen into Howth Harbour earlier this evening. The 37 year old fisherman, from Greencastle Co. Donegal, slipped into the water while crossing from the pier onto a trawler. He suffered injuries to the head during the fall and was unconscious in the water for approximately 5 minutes. The voluntary lifeboat crew assisted the fishing trawler’s crew in rescuing him from the water, and putting him safely back onto the pier.Several RNLI volunteers assisted in resuscitating the injured man who was still at risk of drowning from the amount of water he had swallowed. Further first aid was then administered as he was also suffering from the onset of hypothermia. The man was taken by ambulance to hospital. Howth ILB crewmember Dave Howard says:“The fisherman is very lucky to be alive, he sustained serious injuries and would have died had it not been for the quick intervention of both his fellow crew and the lifeboat volunteers”.
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Please support RNLI SOS fundraising day on 29th January.