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Brendan leaves a light on for Bundoran RNLI

Brendan Gallagher with RNLI’s Cormac McGurren, Tony McGowan and Patsy.

AFTER 43 years working with the ESB, Ballyshannon’s Brendan “Mannix” Gallagher held his retirement party on Friday night (30 November) at the Allingham Arms in Bundoran but opted not for presents for himself but donations to Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat.

A crowd of well over 200 attended the festivities on the night and all were delighted to make a donation to the local volunteer lifeboat service. Brendan is well known in the area for fundraising so it came as no surprise to the party goers that he requested donations to the RNLI.

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Lifeboat Operations Manager for Bundoran RNLI Tony McGowan said ‘we are very grateful to Brendan and his wife Joan for this thoughtful and generous method of donating to the lifeboat. The gesture has raised over €700 for Bundoran RNLI and will go towards the training of our volunteer crew to continue to save lives at sea’.

Indeed Brendan’s retirement party is not the only local fundraiser for Bundoran RNLI at the moment. Shoppers at Sweeny Todds in Market Square Shopping Centre can purchase their Christmas cards there and with every sale from the selected range, a 50 cent donation will be made to Bundoran RNLI. And on Sunday December 16th The Pier Head Hotel Mullaghmore will hold a “charity wax” in aid of Bundoran RNLI as part of their Christmas Family Fun Day.

Not forgetting the annual Bundoran Lifeboat Dinner Dance which takes place at the Great Northern Hotel on Friday February 1st! Nathan Carter provides the entertainment on what promises to be a great night’s fun! Tickets are on sale now from all crew members.

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