I was out for a stroll with the dogs last night when I happened upon the Clogherhead RNLI crew coming back from what looked to be a training exercise. It was fascinating to watch the elaborate, time-consuming and precisely timed process of getting the boat out of the water. It was a real treat, and it made for some nice photos too. I can only imagine how lucky you’d feel, on a stormy winter’s night at sea, to find these guys coming in for a rescue. A couple of years ago, I went in to the station at Clogherhead during an open day and had a tour of the boat. It’s an amazing bit of kit – essentially a submarine that can be sealed tight to weather the roughest of seas. The skill, bravery and dedication of the volunteer crew is absolutely awe-inspiring.