Dom Sharkey, helmsman of Lough Derg RNLI recognized for 12 years of dedicated service
Dom Sharkey, director of the Lough Derg RNLI, has retired after twelve years of dedicated service to the charity. Dom, a carpenter and master craftsman who works in construction and renovation is recognized as a valued member of the RNLI team at Lough Derg.
After his last exercise on Sunday February 27, volunteers threw a surprise farewell party for Dom, hosted courtesy of the Lough Derg Yacht Club on whose grounds the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat is currently stationed. Dom received a woodcut of Lough Derg by artist Henri Bocxe. As a token of thanks on behalf of the local community, Noreen Cavanagh, Manager of Thatched Cottage Restaurant in Ballycommon, generously provided free sandwiches for the party. Station members also baked cakes and scones.
Dom was moved by everyone’s efforts on his behalf. He reflected on what it meant to him to be part of such an important and vital rescue service on the lake and how he made such great new friends being part of the crew of the Lough Derg RNLI. Dom has not ruled out the possibility that he will return to the Station when his professional life is less busy.
Dom’s calm and thoughtful approach to the challenges encountered by the crew during a Shout has earned the deep respect of his fellow volunteers. Many new crew members have benefited from his in-depth knowledge of the essential theoretical and practical elements of lifeboat volunteering as well as his understanding of the pleasures and vagaries of the lake.
Ger Egan, Lough Derg RNLI Senior Manager, said of Dom that he was a “committed and reliable volunteer, humble and selfless. Totally focused on whatever challenges a rescue threw at him, he was a huge asset to have at Lough Derg RNLI and will be sorely missed.”
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