There are few groups who deservedly excite admiration for their courage, their devotion to duty and their unselfishness! The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is one such and this old image from the Poole collection enforces that admiration. Ordinary men, mostly seamen, who gave up their time and risked their lives that others in peril might be saved. This is surely an occasion when they received some well deserved recognition.
This is listed in the catalogue as "Fethard Lifeboat, group of lifeboat men". Based the community's contributions and the date of this image, it seems that those pictured were involved in the events of the Fethard Lifeboat Disaster
. Given the loss of life involved in those events - including 9 lifeboat men - it is possible that perhaps not all those pictured are members of the Fethard Lifeboat crew themselves. As at least 5 Fethard men lost their lives, it is possible that at least some of those pictured represent lifeboat crews from Wexford and/or Kilmore. Handwritten reports from the NLI collection
detail the events of that day, bringing the efforts of those pictured to stark life....
Photographer: A. H. Poole
Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford
Date: 24 February 1914
NLI Ref: POOLEWP 2537
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons