Donaghadee Lifeboat

This is an evening not to be missed

“ This is an evening not to be missed.  These two singers performed for us in February 2019 and all those present had a marvellous evening. Come along with your friends, have a relaxing evening and support the RNLI in Donaghadee.”

Donaghadee RNLI crew member Rebecca receiving a donation of £136.57

Donaghadee RNLI crew member Rebecca receiving a donation of £136.57 from 11 year old Anya Birkett outside Donaghadee Lifeboat Station. CLICK FOR MORE INFO

Rotary Club of Donaghadee – Virtual Dog Show 2021

Rotary Club of Donaghadee – Virtual Dog Show 2021

Donaghdee RNLI Mural

Donaghdee RNLI Mural

Long Service Awards – Donaghadee RNLI Fundraising Team

RNLI Long Service Awards were presented to 4 members of the Donaghadee RNLI Fundraising Team prior to the start of the team’s 15th Annual General Meeting which was held in the Donaghadee Sailing Club on 7th June 2021.

Virtual Dog Show

To break the boredom of lockdown and have some fun during this outbreak why not scroll down to enter your pooch into one or more of our show categories and donate money to help Donaghadee RNLI & Donaghadee Rotary Charities.

Donaghadee Lifeboat Station OPEN DAY 2019 date now released

Saturday 22nd June 2019

Raft Race 2019

On Saturday 22nd June 2019 starts 2.00pm as part of the Festival we are holding a raft race in the harbour. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Coffee Morning – Saturday 3rd August 2019

RNLI Coffee Morning Saturday 3rd August 2019 in First Presbyterian Church Hall



RNLI Coffee Morning

Saturday 24th June 2017
10am – 12noon

Mayors Charity Ball – Saturday 27 May 2017

Donaghadee Lifeboat Golf Day

Friday 16th June 2017

Buy-a-Bear Day helps equip lifeboat volunteers

THE RNLI is calling on the people of Ards and North Down to support lifeboat crews as Mayday, the charity’s national annual fundraising campaign, is launched.

Donaghadee RNLI Quiz Night

Thursday 18th May 2017
7.30 for 8.00 pm

Anchor woman pays tribute to RNLI heroes

JOURNALIST Maxine Mawhinney left the BBC this week after 21 years – much of it as the anchor presenter of the flagship daytime news service.

Tributes have poured in for Hugh Nelson who has died at the age of 84

TRIBUTES have poured in for Hugh Nelson who has died at the age of 84. the last of the Kelly’s heroes.

Mayor’s Coffee Morning

Thursday 9th March 2017

RNLI Coffee & Crafts event in support of the Mayor’s Charities

RNLI Coffee & Crafts event in support of the Mayor’s Charities

New Role for John McAuley

DONAGHADEE Branch of the RNLI announces the appointment of John McAuley as President following his retirement from the position of Chairman.

Dinner honours RNLI supporters

DONAGHADEE branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution held a dinner on Saturday, January 7, to show its appreciation to two of its longest serving supporters.

Santa arrives by Lifeboat

SANTA gave the reindeers a rest last night, Friday December 2, and asked RNLI Donaghadee’s volunteers to bring him into town.

Cheque Presentation by Derryboye Pigeon Club

Derryboye Clay Pigeon Club, Crossgar, presented RNLI Donaghadee with a cheque for £1,400 which was raised at a charity shoot in memory of club member David Patterson.

Rockport children support RNLI volunteers

FIFTEEN children from Rockport School’s primary five class paid a visit to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s lifeboat station in Donaghadee.

Three receive service awards

THREE supporters of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in Donaghadee have received awards for their years of service to the charity that saves lives at sea.

Best of the Borough 2016

An Evening of Music, Song and Dance

Mayor Deborah finds her sea legs

THE Mayor of Ards and North Down, Deborah Girvan, is accustomed to the stormy waters of local politics but on Sunday morning the alderman proved she also has the sea legs for Lifeboat work.

Donaghadee Lifeboat Festival Saturday 6th August 2016

Lifeboat Festival fun for all the family. It’s the 11th year of the Festival and here’s hoping for some good weather.

Golfers in drive for Lifeboat funds

GOLFERS can try their luck at winning a brand new Peugeot car on Lifeboat Golf Day at Donaghadee Golf Club on Friday, June 10.

Coastguard and RNLI crew swap roles for a night

COASTGUARDS and the crew of Donaghadee’s lifeboat Saxon swapped roles for a night during a training and get-to-know-you exercise last week.


TOP freelance photographer Jeremy Stockton joined the crew of Saxon last week for a photoshoot. A selection of his pictures can be found in today’s County Down Spectator.

How long would you survive?

FALL into the Irish Sea and even if you escape drowning, because you are wearing a good lifejacket, your chances of surviving more than an hour are slim.

RNLI Yellow Welly Rugby Festival

RNLI Yellow Welly Rugby Festival Great Fun Day with rugby matches, stalls and lots of family entertainment. Sat 21st May 2016

Donaghadee’s RNLI Lifeboat Saxon and crew ready for action

DONAGHADEE’S Royal National Lifeboat Institution Lifeboat and its crew are ready for their first ‘shout’ of 2016.

Lifeboat ladies celebrate 40 years of fundraising for RNLI

Last week former members of Donaghadee Ladies Guild got together again to celebrate 40 years in which they have raised up to £30,000 a year in support of the charity.

Choir in tune with lifeboat causes

DONAGHADEE’s Community Choir is in tune with the town’s lifeboat causes.

May Ball raises £7,559

THE annual Donaghadee RNLI May Ball, held at Donaghadee Golf Club, raised £7,559, according to the fundraising committee.

Fish suppers help save lives at sea

THE sale of fish suppers is helping save lives at sea after the John Dory’s chain of traditional fish and chip shops revealed a deal to ‘sponsor a lifeboat volunteer’ as part of the RNLI’s Fish Suppers fundraising campaign which finished on Sunday.

Donaghadee Lifeboat Festival

THE sun was shining and the crowds came to town today for fun and games at the 10th annual Lifeboat Day, part of Donaghadee’s Festival Fortnight.

Sun Shines on Lifeboat Golf Day

Last Friday (June 12) saw the Donaghadee Lifeboat annual golf day taking place at Donaghadee Golf Club with 120 competitors taking on this challenging course.

Carole claims her ‘Wee Lifeboatman’

CAROLE Watson is the winner of the Open Lifeboat Trophy at Donaghadee Golf Club and took home the coveted ‘wee lifeboatman’ statuette.

UTV Film

The UTV film, shot during a major exercise involving three lifeboats, was broadcast last night, March 11, on UTV Live Tonight.

Three lifeboats take part in RNLI exercise off the Copeland islands

THREE RNLI lifeboats and their volunteer crews took part in a major safety exercise off the Co Down coast at Orlock Point on Saturday. (March 7)

Rugby fans raise £500 for RNLI

DONAGHADEE Rugby Club’s Casino Night in December raised £500 for the club’s adopted charity – the Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Santa rescued by RNLI lifeboat after his sleigh crashes in the sea at Donaghadee

A Christmas crisis was narrowly avoided tonight when Santa crashed into the sea near the Copeland islands.

Islay’s RNLI crew receive a hearty fair fa’ ye in festive Donaghadee

THE RNLI lifeboat from the island of Islay in Scotland called in at the port of Donaghadee on Sunday as the town’s Ulster Scots Festival weekend was coming to a close.

‘Wee Lifeboatman’ still raising funds after 40 years

THE ‘Wee Lifeboatman’ trophy, presented to Donaghadee Golf Club by the coxswain and crew of the town’s lifeboat more than 40 years ago, is still raising funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution – the charity that saves lives at sea.

Bangor artist donates iconic lifeboat piece to Donaghadee RNLI

BANGOR artist Alex Bell has donated a painting to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution at Donaghadee which the organisation will auction to raise funds.

RNLI crews say farewell to coxswain Quentin

VISITORS to Donaghadee could have been forgiven for thinking they were seeing double – for in the harbour were two modern lifeboats instead of the usual one.

RNLI volunteers meet ‘the beast’ from Dublin

A TOTAL of 177 people enjoyed a guided tour of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s all-weather lifeboat Saxon on Open Day, Saturday (Aug 16).

Lifeboat opens to the public

DONAGHADEE’S Royal National Lifeboat Institution lifeboat will be open to the public on Saturday August 16 between 1.00pm and 3.00pm.

Festival faithful defy the floods

SEVERAL hundred people braved the Met Office weather warnings and turned out to enjoy Donaghadee’s RNLI Lifeboat Festival on Saturday August 2.

Lifeboat crew say thanks to landlord and regulars of the Cock and Bottle

IN the 25 years that Richard Talbot has been landlord at the Cock and Bottle pub in Notting Hill, London, staff and regulars have raised more than £13,000 in support of their adopted lifeboat in Donaghadee.

Lady Sylvia Hermon presents long service awards

NORTH Down MP Lady Sylvia Hermon paid tribute to the partners of the lifeboat crew and the work of the fundraising committee when she presented long service awards to six members of the team.

Chairman drops in to say thanks

ROYAL National Lifeboat Institution chairman, Charles Hunter-Pease, visited the lifeboat station to say thank you to fundraisers, crew and station management. Later he joined coxswain Philip McNamara and crew aboard Saxon for a trip around the Copeland Islands.

Newtownards Lions Club cheque presentation

A £400 cheque was presented to Donaghadee RNLI Fundraising Chairperson Evelyn Bennett by Lion President Albert Corrin.

Crew honoured at annual awards ceremony

PHILIP McNamara, coxswain of the Donaghadee lifeboat, represented his crew of volunteers at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s annual awards ceremony in London.

Donaghadee and Bangor RNLI welcome Commonwealth Games baton

THE Commonwealth Games baton arrived in Bangor today for a journey across the lough to Carrickfergus aboard the RNLI’s Donaghadee lifeboat Saxon.

Schools step up to RNLI Challenge

AROUND 80 children from 10 schools took part in the annual RNLI lifeboat challenge at Killard House school.

Lifeboat golf day goes with a swing

Donaghadee lifeboat golf day took place last Friday 6th Sept at Donaghadee G.C.with over sixty golfers playing in aid of their local lifeboat.

RNLI Coastal Review team receive a warm welcome at Donaghadee station

Members of the RNLI Coastal Review team were in Donaghadee yesterday (Wednesday 5th) to carry out a formal review of the Lifeboat station.

Join our lifeboat crew

Interested in giving your time to help save lives at sea? Make a difference in your local community. Donaghadee lifeboat station is looking to recruit volunteer crew members to crew its all weather lifeboat.

Lifeboat Festival set to make a splash

Thousands will flock to Donaghadee this Saturday 10th August as the town prepares to celebrate the annual Lifeboat Festival.

RNLI supporters visit lifeboat station

Crew and fundraising members of Donaghadee lifeboat station welcomed supporters of the charity to an open morning where they received a presentation and also the thanks of the Legacy Enquiries Manager Mark Allwood.

Storm Force youngsters visit Lifeboat Station

Youngsters who are members of the RNLI club Storm Force visited Donaghadee Lifeboat station last Tuesday evening.

Lady golfers raise money for lifeboat

Ladies playing in the recent Lifeboat Trophy open day competition at Donaghadee Golf Club raised £340 in aid of the RNLI. The winner of the Trophy was Ann Harte who won on the back nine from Eleanor Alcock.

RNLI awards

The awards presentation for Northern Ireland took place last Wednesday 12th June at Queen’s University, Belfast.The RNLI Chairman, Admiral the Lord Boyce presented awards to Ann Couser and Mary Miller of the Donaghadee Fund raising team for their efforts on behalf of the RNLI.

Skaters take to the road for RNLI

Nerves were jangling when the RNLI Saxon Flyers from Donaghadee piled into the station landrover last Saturday morning just after 7.15am to head for Belfast in what was going to be a tough day.

School road safety winners visit station

Pupils from Dunmurray primary school were welcomed to Donaghadee lifeboat station last Tuesday by members of the station.

RNLI Skaters get the cash rolling in

Six friends from Donaghadee are planning to roller skate from Belfast to Donaghadee lifeboat station in aid of the RNLI.

RNLI Schools Sporting challenge

Last Friday saw members of Donaghadee lifeboat fundraising team organise the fourth year of the RNLI sporting challenge.

County Grand Lodge supporting lifeboat

The County Grand Lodge of Belfast have generously donated the proceeds of the sales of their annual 12th July booklet to the Donaghadee lifeboat.

Lady Sylvia presents RNLI awards

A packed boathouse saw Lady Sylvia Hermon present two members of the Donaghadee lifeboat volunteer crew with their twenty year service awards.

Gladrags and Handbags

A Spring Fashion evening recently took place at the Meadowbank club to raise funds for the lifeboat.

Pier 36 diners raise funds for RNLI

Local award winning pub and restaurant Pier 36 recently sponsored and hosted a fund raising dinner for Donaghadee lifeboat.

RNLI Chief Executive visits local lifeboat station

Donaghadee lifeboat station was delighted this morning (Thurs 7th) to welcome the RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier who was on a two day visit to the Northern Ireland Division.

Winter warmers boost Lifeboat funds

Over the Christmas period visitors to Donaghadee Garden Centre had the opportunity to enjoy warming mulled wine and delicious shortbread baked at the centre.

60th Anniversary of Princess Victoria Disaster

The sinking of the Princess Victoria on 31st January 1953 with the loss of 135 lives, was the worst maritime disaster in the waters of the British Isles.

St Annes Primary School pupils visit Station

Pupils from St Annes Primary School in Donaghadee recently visited the station and were shown around by crewmembers and volunteers.

Geordie and his Skating Angels

On Donaghadee crewmember Geordie Hackworth is organising a sponsored roller skate from Belfast to Donaghadee in June.

Rory’s shirt raises money for lifeboat

On one of his recent trips back home, Rory McILroy signed a Ryder Cup golf shirt in aid of Donaghadee RNLI.