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Naval Funeral at Wicklow. 1903
On Thursday afternoon the remains of Mr. Wm. Henry Darte, Chief Boatman in charge of Ballinacarrig Coastguard Station, were interred in Three-Mile-Water Cemetary with naval honours.

Wreckers and Plunderers 1856.
The entire county of Wexford had to pay a levy following the plundering of the "Irrawaddy", a big merchantman which went aground on the Blackwater Bank, off the coast of Wexford, on October 13, 1856.

Capture of two Smugglers
On Sunday, the Sylvia, Revenue Cutter, Lt. Forward, Commander, while cruising off Arklow Head, sighted two smacks of very suspicious appearance. The cutter bore down upon them and showed signals for them to hove to, but to no purpose...

Tiltman Family Coastguards
In January 1817 Henry Tiltman, aged 32 a seaman born in Rye, Sussex and a married man with a least 3 children ( he probably had more but there is no census information available) was nominated to the Preventive Boat.

Lazarus Roberts joined the Coastguard and Revenue service in 1825 in Weymouth, Dorset and was in until his retirement in 1855, and was stationed at Lulworth, Milton on Sea, Harwich and Brightlinsea, before Yarmouth in 1845...

William Williams
William Williams was born in Ballintoy Co. Antrim on 10th August 1833. His father, Enoch Wlliams, was a Coastguard stationed there. His mother was Anne, nee Seymour.

William "Bulldog " Young
The name 'Bulldog' was applied to William Young most particularly because he was always accompanied by a bulldog, but it could equally be said of him that he was one of the 'Bulldog Breed'. He certainly looked the part and it epitomised the larger than life picture that he presented.

Famine and the Coastguards in Ireland
How the Coastguards reacted to the Great Famine in Ireland. There were many Famines in Ireland during the 19th.Century. The Coastguard service assisted in transporting food to districts around the coast where aid was needed. But the best remembered Famine was in 1845/6 when millions of people perished or flew from the horrors in Ireland.

The Coastguard in Famine Relief on the West Coast
The Irish Coastguard Service has receded into the shadows of history, a very inadequately recorded history. There are still many coast guard houses inhabited along the coasts and ruined stations to serve as reminders. But its role in the relief of distress along the Western Seaboard during the many periods of famine and near-famine in the 19th century receives scant mention....

The Coastguard has its 'Troubles'
The return of peace and the upheaval of the latest re-organization had hardly been absorbed when the Coastguard in Ireland found themselves once again in the firing line, facing the bombs and bullets of 'the troubles'.

Jeremiah Shea
Jeremiah Shea was born 5th October 1834 or 1835 in Whitegate near Cork. On entering the Royal Navy on 13th September 1852, as a Boy 1st Class in HMS Sidon, his description was given as 5ft 8in tall, brown hair, grey eyes and of fresh complexion.

John OHalloran
John OHalloran entered the navy on 2nd August 1850, when he signed as a Landsman in HMS Trafalgar, a 110 gun 1st rate ship of the line; he gave his place of birth as Ballyclamassy(?), Kerry....

Five Coastguards Drowned. 1869
On Monday an inquest was held at Dungannon on view of the body of John Scott, Chief Boatman of Dunmore station, who was found drowned on the previous Saturday on the strand at Duncannon.

Letter about conduct of Coastguards. 1843
The following is an extract from a letter written by one of the passengers in the �Hercules� to a friend in Dublin. It describes conduct on the part of the Coast Guard of Youghal which demands the attention of their superiors.

Treatment of Emigrants
In January 1842 an emigrant ship limped into Aranmore Roads. The �Countess of Arran� had been seven weeks at sea in mid-winter on her voyage from Liverpool to New York.