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The Coastguard Cutter Vol2 No10
October 2004:
On the 15th.September the flag of the Genealogical Society of Ireland was hoisted on the Martello Tower, at Seapoint, Co. Dublin to celebrate the inauguration of the Society's Library and Archive's Repository. The Tower was officially opened by Councillor Niamh Bhreathnach, Cathairleach (Chairperson). Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol2 No9
September 2004:
A few weeks ago, medals belonging to a former Coastguard officer, dating from the 19th.century were handed over to the current Irish Coastguard at their new station at Howth Harbour. They belonged to Thomas Woodley, who served as Chief Officer for 12 years until he retired in 1893. His granddaughter Monica Daly was given the medals by her father and she decided to return the medals to the present Irish Coast Guard. One of the medals was awarded for bravery, and thanks to research by Dr. Roger Willoughby, a noted�medal collector, we will shortly post medal details on the site.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol2 No8
August 2004:
Unlike his sea-going compatriots in the Fleet, the Coastguard, by being shore based had the luxury of home-life and companionship of wife and family. He was at home for his toddlers first faltering steps, he was at his wife's side when illness threatened the household, he had a place of comfort to return to after his days work. Many readers have stressed that the posting to Ireland left their families with many happy memories of their stay here. A most charming family group photo sent to me, sets the tone for this month's Coastguard Cutter.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol2 No7
July 2004:
Two well organised and professional organisations who when lives were at risk during storm and gale conditions collaborated to the utmost of their abilities.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol2 No6
June 2004;
The following are aspects of the Dark Side of life for the Coastguards in Ireland. Danger to men, came not only from the forces of nature at sea but also from the men who sailed on it.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol2 No5
May 2004:
Although the Coastguards carried out work involving checking ship movements and cargos and also fishery protection duties they, as an armed force, were at pains to maintain proficiency with revolver, rifle and cutlass. Cutlass drills were still in use by Navy recruits as can be seen in this photo taken from the April 2nd. 1898 issue of "The Navy and Army Illustrated".

The Coastguard Cutter Vol2 No4
April 2004:
Before the Coastguards were formed there were other organisations dealing with Custom evasion and smuggling. The Custom and Excise combined with Riding Officers were in operation in Ireland at an early date. Later on the Preventive Water Guard, many of whom continued their career in the Royal Navy organised Coastguard. After the Coastguard left Ireland in 1922 a mixture of small rescue units continued their lifesaving work. Now we have our own Irish Coast Guard to watch our coasts.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol2 No3
March 2004:
Many of the Coastguard Stations after 1922 with the leaving of British Administration fell into disrepair and ruins. A number were given a new lease of life from the 1930's on by becoming Youth Hostels founded by An Oige (Youth) an Irish Organisation.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol2 No2
February 2004:
Over the years the movement of coastguards from station to station, county to county, and also transfer to Ireland meant that some had more training at sea than others. This training was meant to keep ship-board skills up to date and increase efficiency.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol2 No1
January 2004:
Twelve months ago the Coastguard Cutter, 'The Lady Margaret', started her tour around the coasts of Ireland to bring snippets of Coastguard interest to our readers. We start a New Year hoping to continue our quest .Many thanks to our readers who have contributed welcome items of interest to add to our knowledge of those bygone years.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol1 No12
December 2003:
I would just like to wish all the visitors to my little site a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

The Coastguard Cutter Vol1 No11
November 2003:
Signalling, Killybegs reconstruction & Ballyheigue CG Station snippets, and as usual a few bits and pieces you may find of interest.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol1 No10
October 2003:
Two main topics this month; Pay, Pension & Conditions and Dalkey CG Station snippets, and as usual a few bits and pieces you may find of interest.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol1 No9
September 2003:
Smuggling was not an honest trade, but it was a highly lucrative one. The Custom and Excise officials and later on, the Coastguards had to stay ahead of the tricks and hiding places of the wily smugglers. Due to their efforts, and the lowering of taxes in the middle of the 19th.Century smuggling diminished considerably.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol1 No8
August 2003:
Some writers have said that a posting to Ireland for an English Coastguard and his family was not a popular one. Others tell of a pleasant life in Ireland.Many lasting friendships were formed with locals. When the duty of apprehending smugglers going about their trade lessened, and lifesaving became a larger part of the Coastguard's activities, a bond of the sea, was formed between the coastguards and the local fishermen...