The RNLI Duck Race scheduled for West Waterford Festival of Food is generating great excitement as the 663 ducks are congregating around Dungarvan Bay for this important event in Davitt’s Quay on Saturday April 22nd with the starting time of the race at 3.30pm when they will be set afloat. Each duck costs €3 or two for €5. And there is talk of marriage in the air.
Helvick Lifeboat Station will be conducting a free lifejacket clinic at the RNLI stall near Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club (DHSC) on Davitt’s Quay from 1 -4pm.
“Bring your jacket along to the lifejacket clinic where Austin Flynn Hon RNLI Sea Safety Officer will advise on the importance of choice, fit and maintenance. A lifejacket will buy you vital time in the water and could save your life, but only if you’re wearing it” said Helvick Hon Fundraising Chairman Kevin O’Morchoe.
“There are prizes for big and small ducks” said RNLI Fundraising Branch Member and race organiser RoseAnn Foley. “Ducks can be bought at local businesses and from the RNLI stall near DHSC at the FoodFest. And we appreciate your support. Míle buíochas do gach aoinne as an dtacaíocht ar fad!”
DHSC will host a Local Historic Photographic Exhibition from the Tomás and Kathleen Walsh collection in association with the Helvick Lifeboat Station on Saturday and Sunday during the Food Festival. Admission is free. “We are grateful to Sam McCauley Chemists who are sponsoring a luxury hamper for the raffle” said Tomás.
The RNLI Dungarvan & Helvick Fundraising Branch work hard to supplement the latest training and safety equipment required by the brave men on the Helvick Lifeboat Crew who are always ready to volunteer to save life at sea in all types of weather 24-7-365.