Shannon's Class aim for Shannon Class

When Mrs Shannon's form class (8LJ) heard that the latest RNLI lifeboat was called the Shannon class they decided they had to raise funds for our local RNLI station - Portrush.

The Shannon is the latest class of all-weather lifeboat to join the RNLI fleet and the first to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers, making it their most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat yet. It has a top speed of 25 knots, meaning that it can save valuable time when carrying out rescues. The naming of the Shannon follows a tradition of naming lifeboats after rivers. But it's the first time an Irish river has been chosen. The River Shannon is 240 miles in length and is the longest river in Ireland.

Dunluce has a proud shared tradition with the Portrush RNLI station. A number of our pupils have gone on to volunteer with the service and our own Mr Mitchell has been a Deputy Coxswain at the station for many years. The staff have been long time supporters of the organisation and take part in the raft race every year.

Together Mrs Shannon's class raised money (which will be added to the raft race fundraising) and today (8th June) they presented Mr Mitchell with a pair of operational boots. He assured them that they will soon be in service, helping protect the lives of people on the seas around Northern Ireland.