Youghal RNLI volunteers to be recognised at Queen’s Garden Party

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Two long serving volunteers from Youghal RNLI have a Royal engagement at Buckingham Palace next week.

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Former station mechanic Seamus Mason who has been a volunteer with the RNLI for 30 years and his wife Susan, secretary of the fundraising branch in Youghal, will attend the Queen’s Garden Party in Buckingham Palace next Tuesday 5 June.

Every year The Queen hosts three parties in the Palace and one in Holyroodhouse as a way to recognise and reward public service.

Seamus was nominated to attend the garden party by his Area Lifesaving Manager Joe Moore in recognition of his service and dedication to Youghal RNLI over the last three decades.

Joe said: ‘Seamus is the backbone of the lifeboat station in Youghal and is well thought of not only by the volunteers in the station but by visitors as well, including regional staff - he is held in high regard by everyone.’

Seamus will be joined at the Palace by his wife Susan, who herself has dedicated more than 15 years to the charity as a fundraising volunteer.

Over the course of each year, The Queen welcomes over 30,000 guests to spend a relaxed summer afternoon in the beautiful gardens of Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Holyroodhouse. At each garden party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed.

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