River Rescue volunteers cut short fancy dress party to do their duty

Bishops, hare krishnas, witches, black fairies, some hippies and Tina Turner all gathered at Butler’s Bar in Carrick-on-Suir for a knees up last Friday night.

Bishops, hare krishnas, witches, black fairies, some hippies and Tina Turner all gathered at Butler’s Bar in Carrick-on-Suir for a knees up last Friday night.

The occasion was a fancy dress fundraiser in aid of Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue with several of the 12-strong team of river rescue volunteers joining in the fun.

And shortly after midnight, an emergency call came through and four of the River Rescue team present, Stephen Wall, Mixer Power, Michael Hickey and Mick O’Hara geared up and left immediately for north Tipperary.

They are all volunteers who receive no government funding and their dedication to this unenviable role has won them the highest respect from local people to surrounding parishes and indeed many counties further away.

The Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue team will travel to wherever they are needed without delay.

They receive no payment for all the hours they put in to searches and all monies received go towards running and maintaining this essential service keeping it available and active.

The team thank everyone who supported the fancy dress night, the event organisers Catherine Foley and Anne Marie Torpey and proprietor.

They thank everyone, who has fundraised and supported them over the years including the Town Council, who provided them with the second arch under Dillon Bridge last year to store materials and boats.

Anyone who would like further information on the River Rescue or who would like to fundraise on its behalf can contact Michael Hickey at (086) 817 9531.