BIR is very grateful to the following people and organisations:

  • An Roinn Gnóthaí Pobail, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta for capital grants towards the boat, building and equipment.
  • Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta via Comhchoiste Ghaeltacht Uíbh Ráthaigh for funding certain crew training courses in their entirety.
  • Kerry County Council and the Irish Coastguard for their annual Maintenance Grants.
  • Neighbouring community rescue services (Derrynane, Ballybunion, Schull and others) for their advice and help in setting up.
  • Neil O’ Shea for the lease on the boatshed site.
  • The family and friends of David Cooney for their support from the beginning.
  • All those who donated in the initial fundraising drive in 2006 – we got a great response and raised €55,655.
  • Everyone who has continued supporting BIR through our annual fundraising events, such as the X Factor.
  • And the volunteers of BIR who give their time to training, maintenance and administration duties.