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Shane is the Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO) for Bundoran RNLI.  His involvement in the RNLI came about in 2010 when he produced a radio documentary about the history of the service in Bundoran. You can listen to the documentary here:

 

Following this, Shane joined the crew on a voluntary basis and in 2011 was appointed to the position of Lifeboat Press Officer. This role sees him spread the word about the RNLI and its work in the local area as well as being a spokesperson for the Bundoran station in local and national media when the need arises.

Shane is also a member of the shore crew team and is a radio operator during exercises and callouts.

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Just hanging around – Shane training with the Irish Coast Guard Rescue 118 helicopter

Shane’s primary responsibility in his role is to issue press releases to the media in relation to rescues undertaken by the volunteer crew and to also give interviews in relation to same. He also promotes the many fundraising events undertaken by the crew throughout the year like the annual Dinner Dance in January and Soapbox Race in June.

In January 2015, Shane was proud, along with fellow crew member Elliot Kearns, to accept the “Emergency Response Team of the Year” award on behalf of the crew at a ceremony in Dublin.

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Shane Smyth and Elliot Kearns accept the “Emergency Response Team of the Year” 2015.
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Article from the Sligo Champion following the tragedy in Kilkee, County Clare in 2016

 

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An article written by Shane for the Donegal Post

On Sunday 28th July, Shane took to the Croke Park pitch at halftime of the Wexford v Tipperary All Ireland Hurling Semi Final to talk to Paul Collins along with the McCallion family from County Tyrone who had been rescued by the Bundoran volunteer crew in 2018 at Main Beach. In front of over 60,000 people attending the game, he spoke about the Respect the Water campaign.

Shane is also responsible for promoting his hometown of Bundoran in his role as Bundoran Tourism Officer which you can read about here

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