President Patrick Hillery opens a new lifeboat house in Howth, County Dublin.

Community spirit is clearly evident in Howth, as all the money for the new lifeboat house was raised in the locality by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), and the building was constructed by young people taking part in a youth employment scheme with An Comhairle Oiliúna (AnCO). 

The opening ceremony began with a short ecumenical service, and in his speech Lord Killanin noted the traditional style of the new building, which he said resembles the earliest lifeboat houses.  

President Patrick Hillery unveiled the plaque and paid tribute to those who risk their own lives to save lives at sea, 

Their unquestioning self-sacrifice is one of the great glories of the human race.

President Hillery was then invited on board Howth’s lifeboat, and taken out to sea to witness at first hand the work of a lifeboat crew.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 14 April 1984.  The reporter is Joe O’Brien.