Tuesday, 12th December 2017
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Anne McCarthy honoured by Queen Elizabeth

“The invitation came out of the blue” said Anne, “and I proudly accepted it on behalf of all those who volunteer their time in support of the lifeboat service, especially those in the Helvick Lifeboat Station and my colleagues in the fundraising branch.”

The Garden Party officially began when The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex, Princess Royal, Princess Beatrice, Duke of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent entered the garden at 4pm when the National Anthem was played by one of the two military bands present.

While the bands continued to play a selection of music, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh circulated among the guests so that everyone had an equal chance of speaking to Her Majesty and other Members of the Royal Family.

Guests were free to eat, drink and stroll around the beautiful Palace gardens.

But this was not Anne’s first time meeting the Royal Family, because the Duke of Kent in his role of President of the RNLI visited Helvick Lifeboat Station in May 2013.

Meanwhile Anne has her feet firmly on the ground. “Our Fundraising Committee and our other volunteers are currently working hard to ensure the success of the 2017 Helvick Swim & BBQ on Helvick Pier scheduled for 12 noon on Sunday July 2nd.

”Swimmers interested in registration should contact RNLI Swim Coordinator Oliver Clancy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mobile on 087 821 0420. The 4k distance is from Ballinacourty Pier to Helvick Pier, and the 2k is from a point in the bay off Ballinacourty Lighthouse to Helvick Pier” said Anne.

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