Ireland's newest RNLI station has been formally opened in Castletownbere, Co Cork.

The lifeboat crew had been operating from temporary premises at Dinish Island for several years until the completion of the new station, that cost €950,00 to build.

The two-storey building and adjoining pontoon now accommodates the volunteer crew and their all-weather Severn Class lifeboat.

The station has been operational for 16 years and has been the base for 223 operations, resulting in the rescue of 288 people.