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Atlantic 75 lifeboat Miss Betty is named at Crosshaven

Saturday, 19 October at 1500 hrs, the Naming Ceremony for the newest Irish RNLI lifeboat station took place at Crosshaven, Co Cork. After the official opening of the lifeboat house by Mr Terence Johnson, RNLI Trustee Committee, Mr Clayton Love delivered the Atlantic 75 into the care of the Institution.

Mr Terence Johnson was delighted to receive the lifeboat on behalf of the RNLI:

"I am particularly delighted to have the opportunity of representing the RNLI Trustee Committee and Council members at this ceremony here today. Clayton Love Jnr has been on the RNLI Committee of Management for over 30 years and we have all benefited from his expertise, professionalism, generosity and love for the Institution and all that it stands for.

It is typical of the man that, as soon as he heard the Station was being established, that he undertook to fund the station lifeboat. It is fitting that following their joint contribution to the RNLI that he wanted the lifeboat named as a tribute to his wife Betty."

Clayton Love Jnr - Involvement with the RNLI

1969Elected to the RNLI Committee of Management
1980Vice President
1984-1999Member of Executive Committee
1984-1999Chairman of the Irish Members of the Committee of Management
1989-1999Member of Search & Rescue Committee
1991-1999Deputy Chairman of the RNLI

Lord Mayor of Cork County Paula Desmond joined a huge crowd at Crosshaven to witness the formal opening of Crosshaven Lifeboat Station and naming of the Atlantic 75. That night, the crew hosted a party at the Royal Cork YC to celebrate the events of the day.

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The front cover of the programme for the opening & naming ceremony.   Carrigaline Pipe Band march to the Opening Ceremony. Photo ©Jon Mathers   The Opening Cermony underway with the crew in front of the podium. Photo ©Jon Mathers   Another shot of the podium & crew. Photo ©Warren Forbes, Station Mechanic   Crosshaven Singers entertaining the large crowd during the dedication. Photo ©Warren Forbes, Station Mechanic   The huge crowd filled the Hugh Coveney Pier on the day. Photo ©Warren Forbes, Station Mechanic   Terry Johnson, Chairman Irish Committee of Management, opens the new lifeboat house. Photo ©Warren Forbes, Station Mechanic   Hugh Mockler, SHS, presents Mr. Clayton Love Jnr. with a framed photo of "Miss Betty". Photo ©Warren Forbes, Station Mechanic   Clayton & Betty Love's grandchildren, Emma Love and Rachael Cronin, who named the lifeboat.  Owen Medland, DDI (Ireland), is the ugly one on the right!!!! Photo ©Warren Forbes, Station Mechanic   Miss Betty put through her paces after the launch. Photo ©Jon Mathers   The demo crew do their best "Red Arrows" impression! Photo ©Jon Mathers   Another shot of the post-naming demonstration. Photo ©Jon Mathers   The crew of Crosshaven Lifeboat with their new boat in the background. Back L-R Mark Bushe, Stephen Hyde, Aidan O'Connor, Kieran Coniry, Alan Barton, Michael Meade, Pat Tanner, Brian Ring, Mick Canty, Ruairi Higgins, John Mulcahy, David Venner.  Front L-R Ian Venner, Trudy Hyde, Amy Hyde, Tina Bushe, Rosaleen Lee, Alan Venner, Gary Heslin.  Photo ©Dr. John Murphy, HMA