1895 saw the tragic loss of 15 lifeboat men in Dun Laoghaire.

A memorial was held in 1995 marking 100 years since 15 lifeboat volunteers perished at sea on 24 December 1895 at Dun Laoghaire, then Kingstown. 

On the morning of Christmas Eve 1895 the Civil Service number 7 was called to rescue the crew of a Finnish vessel, the SS Palme which had run aground in Dublin Bay. The lifeboat men braved the stormy, treacherous seas but tragedy struck and the lifeboat capsized. All 15 lifeboat crew members perished. 

Maureen Byrne, a relative of one of the lifeboat men who lost his life, spoke to RTÉ News saying

It was very sad for the town... they had lost men at sea here a lot, but that was the worst.

A member of the current lifeboat crew attending the memorial tells how he has saved 178 lives to date.

While 15 lives were lost, the crew of the Finnish vessel was saved. 

An RTÉ News report by Michael O'Kane broadcast on 24 December 1995.