Remarkable stories from around Ireland will be shared as part of the RNLI’s new 200 Voices podcast launched last week (Friday 18 August 2023).
In the run-up to the charity’s bicentenary on 4 March 2024, an episode will be released every day for 200 days exploring captivating stories from the charity’s history and through to the current day.
The unique podcast series will hear from people connected to the RNLI in Ireland and those whose lives have been touched by the lifesaving charity.
Hear from locals with a special kinship to their lifeboat station, a crew member who’s been on service for a generation, or the family of someone rescued by an RNLI frontline lifesaver – each episode is sure to take the listener on a journey through a touching story.
The first episode to feature from Ireland dropped last Saturday (26 August 2023) - 'Niamh Fitzpatrick Remembers One of Our Own', a personal reflection on how after losing her sister Dara at sea, Niamh talks about how much the RNLI means to her.
The next 200 Voices is also now available and features Fr. Tom Dalton, a Courtown RNLI crew member where the Co. Wexford priest describes what is like when rescue turns into recovery in Pulling Together.
An event that was to change yacht racing forever, the 1979 Fastnet tragedy is the focus for The Calm Before Force 10. On Wednesday (30 August 2023) Baltimore RNLI’s Kieran Cotter remembers the fateful call out and the response to the disaster.
The charity has been saving lives at sea since it was founded in 1824 and, in that time, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 144,000 lives. Funded by voluntary donations, and with lifeboats crewed by specially-trained volunteers, the RNLI is a truly unique rescue organisation with an incredible 200-year story to tell – many highlights of which are shared through the podcast series.
Later in the autumn the series will also hear from celebrity ambassadors including musician Phil Coulter on his writing of the RNLI anthem ‘Home from the Sea’ and former President Mary McAleese on the cross-border role of the RNLI.
Available across all podcast platforms and the RNLI’s website, listeners can hear from survivors, supporters, volunteers, lifeguards, celebrity ambassadors, historians and many more from across Wales, England, Scotland Ireland and beyond.
RNLI Strategic Content Manager, Rory Stamp said:
"We knew we had to do something really special to mark the RNLI’s 200th anniversary, which is such a monumental milestone.
"200 Voices is an incredible collection of stories that are emotive, powerful, inspiring and heart-warming. The series gives us a chance to hear from a whole variety of amazing people who have played a part in or been touched by our lifesaving charity.
"200 Voices is the first in a programme of activity planned to mark the RNLI’s bicentenary as we celebrate the world-class lifesaving service we provide today, remember our remarkable history and aim to inspire the future generations of lifesavers and supporters as we move through into the next 200 years."
Launch into a podcast like no other: Listen to the RNLI’s 200 Voices daily, wherever you get your podcasts or at RNLI.org/200Voices.
To find out more about the RNLI’s bicentenary, visit www.RNLI.org/200.