Occasionally Mike would appear from Dublin and what ever the task, be it cold or dirty, he leapt straight in until the problem was resolved.
Sinéad has been constantly seeking funds from where ever possible to purchase more and more materials. This work is ongoing and will be for the foreseeable future!!
For the last year of the project the committee of local people became the life line and without Maragret Downey's unconditional support and healthy advice I don't think we could have been as successful as we were in applying for funds to equip the boat with the necessary safety equipment. Thanks again Mog.
Tony Smith constantly encouraged the project to the end as did Larry Mc Grane and John Dillon.
We have come a long way from cutting hazel shoots with secateurs to weave the frame of the boat. Many friends who first helped me gather the weaving rods were only too glad to return to finally push the boat out at the end; Eugene Flanagan, Seanie Murphy and Andy Smith.
When it came to lifting the boat Barry Craven and Domnic O'Brian, as well as Tony Mason and Brian Monaghan worked as a real team together to get the boat there and back safely.
Brendan Devlin organised the electrics which took many visits to finally connect the VHF, the lights, speakers and communications, and Barry worked hard engineering a way of working the anchor.
On two different occasions the crew were pulled from their beds at 3am to help dig the boat free from moving sands. I want to thank you all so so much for all your support. Each little piece of knowledge given or found on the way will help tweek and improve on what, before 2 weeks ago, was the unknown. And to the crew...
Larry, Devo, Pádraig, Dermot, Barry, Chris, Lorna, Brendan, Andy, Tony, Oisin(2), Cormac, Áine, Brian, Flan, Dom, Gearaldine, Ruairí, Colm, Ruarcan, TJ, Jason and John.... mo mhíle mhíle buíochas!! And a very special thanks to Stephen Early, Jimmy and Gerard Ward on the support boats.