A History of Portrush Lifeboat Station

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Hugh McGrattan, archivist and historian for Portrush Lifeboat Station has written a book detailing the long history of the history of Portrush Lifeboat Station. In his book Hugh covers the lifeboats, talks about crew and characters and some of the more notable services that have taken place. The pictures contained in the book themselves tell a story, and were a surprise to many who gathered at the Lifeboat House for the official launch.

The book was officially launched by Paul Clarke from UTV on 1st May with crew members, family, friends and supporters of the Lifeboats in attendance.

The evening was a great success and Hugh spent the evening signing books and chatting with people who had contributed one way or another to the book.

The book itself is comprehensive in that it finishes with the Grounding of 'The Katie Hannan' on Rathlin Island in January 2008. On the front of the book is a beautiful painting of the lifeboat by Hugh's friend Dr Desmond Millar.

The book is now on sale in the Lifeboat Shop at a cost of £15 (all proceeds going towards the RNLI).


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