Give it some Welly for MayDay

Skerries Peter Kennedy Paddy Dillion 


RNLI calls on public to give it some welly this Mayday and support North Dublin’s lifeboats


The RNLI is calling on the public to join them in recognising the lifesaving work of their volunteer crews in North Dublin by giving it some welly and supporting Mayday, the charity’s national fundraising campaign.


From Friday 1 until Monday 4 May, collections and fundraising events will be taking place throughout Dublin and nationwide.  Events will have a welly theme, like the yellow wellies worn by the RNLI’s volunteer crew members. The charity is encouraging people to show their support by buying and wearing a yellow welly pin badge which will be on sale on streets and in local businesses or by holding a welly themed fundraising event.  There is also a text to donate option whereby people can text RNLIMAYDAY to 50300 to donate €4*


The yellow welly is an essential piece of RNLI crew kit and is a part of every crewmembers kit.  Waterproof with steel-capped toes, the specially designed boots keep the volunteer crew’s feet warm and dry while also protecting them in dangerous conditions on deck.


RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew have responded to the Mayday calls of those in distress around Ireland’s 2,500km of coastline for over 190 years. Lifeboat crew members are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Many have full-time jobs, but each carries a pager and, when it goes off, they rush to the lifeboat station and launch the lifeboat to rescue those in danger. Funds raised go to the training of the lifeboat, which is constantly ongoing and the upkeep, maintenance and provision of new kit and equipment.


Last year RNLI lifeboat crew in North Dublin at Skerries and Howth RNLI launched 81 times and brought 130 people to safety. Over a quarter of those callouts were carried out in the hours of darkness.


Supporting Mayday, Howth RNLI station mechanic and crewmember Ian Sheridan said: ‘ We are delighted to be involved with the RNLI’s Mayday campaign. I am one of 1,500 lifeboat crew in Ireland who relies on the generosity of the public to help my lifeboat station to save lives at sea. From crew kit to training and fuel for our lifeboats, every cent raised this Mayday will help us to continue to rescue people every day. So hop onboard and be part of the crew and wear a welly.’


Events that will be raising funds for Mayday in North Dublin include the Howth Dublin Bay Prawn Festival Friday 24 April to Sunday 26 April.  The Skerries RNLI Welly Mayday Event at the bandstand in Skerries Harbour on Sunday 3rd May from 3.00pm to 5.00pm.  Events include Tug of War, Guess the Jellies in the Wellies, Sponge Throwing, Face Painting and a Welly Disco.  Yellow welly pin bages will be on sale in the city centre (suggested donation €1.50).


Pauline McGann RNLI Community Fundraising Manager added: ‘Yellow wellies are an important piece of kit for our crew. They keep our lifesavers on sure footing during rescues and they are a symbol of the amazing work they do. So whether you donate, fundraise or volunteer, please consider giving it some welly and do something extraordinary for the RNLI.’


Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews from Ireland’s 45 lifeboat stations launched 1,089 times, rescuing 1,414 people.


To donate and for ideas on how to get involved with Mayday visit