We are shocked and saddened by the loss of Rescue 116 and its crew. On a day that celebrates what it is to be Irish, our thoughts are with the families, friends, and colleagues of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Captain Mark Duffy, winchman Ciarán Smith, and winch operator Paul Ormsby. We should take a moment to think of the countless lives that these four remarkable people have touched.
Our rescue work regularly brings us into contact with Irish Coast Guard search and rescue (SAR) helicopters, and in particular Rescue 116. The dedication, skill, and bravery shown by the crews of our SAR helicopters is evident every time we work or train with them. As we remember the crew aboard Rescue 116 last Tuesday morning, we also thank all those who fly, sometimes into the unknown, to help those in need.
The Glen Team visited Coolmooney Camp recently, on a training exercise. While there we attended a talk on the impact zone in the Glen of Imaal, which was given by Army personnel. After the talk the team practiced with flares, which are be used in certain rescue situations. Many thanks to the Irish Defence Force’s for welcoming us to Coolmooney Camp for one of our training night’s.
The Road Impassable signs have come down on all entry routes to both of the R115 and R159 roads that cross the Sally Gap. However do be mindful of current weather conditions when planning any journey across these routes. Thank you
The Glen Team went through their winter mountain training in Norway recently and while there, definitely managed to enjoy all the beef jerky which was sponsored by Jack Links, while out in the Norwegian elements……just look at those happy faces.
Thank you to Jack Links for giving the team these packets of beef jerkey to enjoy.
Basecamp outdoor store on Middle Abbey St. has launched an appeal for backpacks filled with supplies to help the homeless and the Glen Team are among other groups and individuals who have responded to their appeal.
This initiative has helped provide the homeless in our community with warm clothing and supplies. The Glen Team were delighted to be able to support this most worthy cause and well done to the staff of Basecamp for taking this project on.
Please consider offering your support to the #backpackchallenge by helping to fill more packs and dropping them off to Basecamp on Middle Abbey St. or directly to Bru Aimsir on Thomas St.
For more information click on http://basecamp.ie/backpack-challenge/
Alun Saunders represented the Bray Strollers when he presented our team with a generous cheque from his club in January. The Glen Team are both grateful for this and the continued support we receive from the Bray Strollers every year. Thank you once again.
The team welcomed Cian O Brolcháin, Mingma Tsiri Sherpa & Pasang Tenzing Sherpa to the Base for a discussion on today’s Everest. The Sherpa’s have climbed Everest multiple times and are very familiar with this mountain in all it’s moods.