With just days to go until the 6th annual Bundoran Lifeboat Soapbox Race, preparations are well underway by the volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI to ensure that this year’s event is better than ever.
Local company Ward Automation will be vying to keep the perpetual cup in Bundoran again this Sunday 4th June as they go head to head with soapboxes from the locality and from across the country who travel to take part in this family friendly event and also to support the fundraising efforts of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat.
The day will kick off around midday as we welcome members of the Dublin Longboard Crew who take advantage of the closed road to show off their skating skills while the soapbox race itself will start around 1:30pm. Music will be provided by iRadio’s Dave Duke who will mix the ultimate soundtrack for the day as soapbox is pitted against soapbox, team against team and business against business. The event will finish with the much anticipated €1000 ball race. Balls will be on sale for €5 right up to the end of the soapbox race. All the balls are then dumped down the hill and the first one through the funnel wins €1000! This prizemoney is kindly sponsored by local businesses.
Event director Cormac Mc Gurren says the crew are looking forward to the day ‘It’s our biggest fundraising event of the year – it takes a lot of organising but the end product is definitely worth it. It’s a really fun day for families to come and watch their friends or colleagues taking part and to see who will ultimately lift the perpetual cup. We would like to thank everyone in advance for their continued support, our sponsors, our ball sellers and Donegal County Council for their assistance with the road closure.’
For those unable to be there on the day, the event will be broadcast live on the Bundoran Lifeboat Station facebook page. Soapboxes may be entered on the day or in advance online on www.bundoranlifeboatsoapboxrace.com
On Sunday afternoon, May 28th, the volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI lifeboat was requested to assist a rib with four persons on board which had broken down off Malinbeg, close to Rathlin O’Beirne Island.
The alarm was raised around 3:45pm by a person on the land who called the Coast Guard at Malin Head. The Bundoran lifeboat crew was requested to launch shortly afterwards with the Killybegs Coast Guard crew also tasked.
On arrival at the scene, the crew of the Killybegs Coast Guard had taken the rib with its four crew members under tow to Teelin Harbour. The Bundoran Lifeboat accompanied both vessels to Teelin and then returned to Bundoran arriving around 5:45pm.