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Irish Coast Guard celebrate 200 years in Ardmore

The 200th anniversary of the Irish Coast Guard has been marked at an occasion in Ardmore today.

Junior Transport Minister, Hildegarde Naughton, was there to officially cut the ribbon on the fully refurbished Coast Guard Station.

There are 17 volunteers at the station there, including Mark Coakley.

He spoke to WLR News about why he got involved with the organisation.

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He said it was a way for him to give back to the community.

"You never know, it could be one of my own that need the help, so that's my reasoning," he said.

The Director of the Irish Coast Guard, Eugene Clonan, believes "search and rescue is in the blood of local communities" like Ardmore.

He was among those to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Ardmore Coast Guard Station earlier.

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Today's event was also marking the building recently undergoing a complete refurbishment to modernise its facilities.

One of the new features is a drone.

"The drone will help us no end because the terrain off the coast here is very rough and there's a lot of it we can't walk to," Mark said.

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