Michael Hurst

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Bernard Lucas, husband of Caitríona, who died when her rib capsized during a rescue off Kilkee, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

There can be few rescuers in any coastal community anywhere occupying the tough and lonely position held by west Clare farmer Bernard Lucas. Bernard (...)

The Department of Transport describes the Coast Guard as Ireland’s “fourth blue light” emergency service after the ambulance, fire brigade and Garda

A third of all Coast Guard stations and buildings around the country have no basic facilities such as running water or bathrooms. A senior Irish Coas(...)

Cyclists taking part in the Ballyglass Coast Guard Rescue 116/Caitríona Lucas cycle from Dublin to Blacksod, Co Mayo, near Bellacorick, Co Mayo, on Sunday. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Pedalling across the island in two days, a group of 77 cyclists arrived at Blacksod lighthouse in north Mayo last night to mark the first anniversary (...)

Capt Dara Fitzpatrick: her body was located and flown to hospital. She was confirmed dead on arrival. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

When Capt Dara Fitzpatrick and her crew were tasked on Monday night for a rescue mission, there was little to indicate it would be anything more than (...)

Debris from the helicopter being taken to the pier in Blacksod, Co Mayo, scene of the search for the missing Coast Guard crew. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

When Capt Dara Fitzpatrick and her crew were tasked on Monday night for a rescue mission, there was little to indicate that it would be anything more (...)

The houseboat that  washed up on a beach in Co Mayo after apparently drifting across the Atlantic Ocean from Canada. Photograph: Ballyglass Coast Guard Unit/PA Wire

A makeshift solar-powered houseboat has washed up on a beach in Co Mayo after apparently drifting across the Atlantic Ocean from Canada. Authorities(...)