Dunmore East Lifeboat Book
(All Proceeds go to Supporting the Dunmore East RNLI)
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– October 5, 2020
“It has been a great privilege to have been asked by the Maritime Institute of Ireland to review David Carroll’s forthcoming book Dauntless Courage. It has also been a great pleasure to read such an outstanding historical work. This is a wonderful book that chronicles all the activities of the Dunmore East Lifeboats and their intrepid crews since 1884 when the first RNLI lifeboat came to Dunmore East in County Waterford. It is much more than that. The author has also provided a comprehensive history of the area from where all of this activity emanated, namely, Waterford Harbour, a place which overlooks one of the great maritime crossroads of Europe, the entrance to St Georges Channel and The Irish Sea. The book exudes the enthusiasm and the thoroughness with which he has approached his subject matter. Dauntless Courage is a most appropriate title as this was never in short supply among the generations of countless lifeboat volunteers who unselfishly ventured to sea to endeavour to effect rescues whenever the need arose.
David Carroll is familiar with Dunmore East. His father Captain Desmond Carroll was the Harbour Master there and David lived in Dunmore East until he left aged twenty-two. When he decided to write this book, he already had a wealth of knowledge to add to the meticulous research that he has undertaken in compiling this great work. The book is written in a most readable and interesting style and it is profusely illustrated with a great many interesting photographs, drawings, maps, and newspaper cuttings. In addition, there are some beautiful original paintings shown by one of Ireland’s foremost marine artists, Brian Cleare.”
“It would be an impossible task to try to convey in these short few lines the meticulous research which the author has put into writing this book. It is a tour de force with every page replete with most interesting facts and details. It is well written in a narrative style that never loses the reader’s attention and it is beautifully illustrated with a wealth of rare images. David Carroll is to be greatly congratulated for undertaking this task, and for ensuring that the proceeds will go to the RNLI. I highly recommend the book to all seafarers. It is a work that will stand the test of time as an enduring tribute to the brave volunteer personnel of the RNLI who have always gone out, and who still go out, whenever lives are in peril on the sea.”
– October 22, 2020
“The sea had a strange tumbling motion and the storm was frightening. Lord she was in dire trouble. The wheelhouse had been swept clean off her”
Stephen Whittle, coxswain Dunmore East lifeboat.
This book is an extremely valuable record of life-saving by the volunteers of Dunmore East, County Waterford. Whether it’s the rescue of participants of the 1979 Fastnet race, or the rescue of the captain of a U boat in 1917, the volunteers of
Dunmore East have always responded to the code of the sea, to help a fellow seaman in distress. As well as a chronicle of “call-outs”, this book records the local history of the region and the importance of the community and the families of Dunmore East. The history of the region is carefully explored and recorded. The many individuals and lifeboats who have played such an heroic role for more than 100 years are included.
This book is recommended reading for anyone interested in the sea, and the history of lifesaving at sea..
B.Sc. Hons in Arch, Dip Arch, M.Sc.
Lecturer, Technological University of Dublin (retired)
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