THE Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard are to host a community event in the seaside town this Saturday.
The coast guard, who took over operation of the Kilkee Marine Rescue Service earlier this summer, are to host a blessing of the boats ceremony and large family event in the East End car park at the rescue centre on Saturday at 2pm.
The community event will be attended by members from the HSE, the Clare County Fire and Rescue, Navy divers, Kilkee Sub Aqua Club, while the Shannon based Irish rescue helicopter will fly in for the event.
Martony Vaughan, area officer with the Kilkee unit of the Coast Guard, said the event was intended to “promote the service and the other services that we work with in the locality” and that all were welcome to attend.
“We are inviting people to come down and have a chat and see what it is we do, get to know what we are and the service that we provide and bring kids along - we have safety on the water, comics for the kids, that kind of thing,” he explained.
“There will be a BBQ and music and a blessing of the boats.
“It will be a busy day and we wanted to include everybody that we work with, that is the bottom line,” he added.
Mr Vaughan explained that the service have been “extremely busy” since taking over the rescue operation in Kilkee in mid-summer.
The highly trained crew boast an eight metre lifeboat and emergency vehicles in the rescue centre in Kilkee, and Martony said training of new crew members was “ongoing”.