Life-saving purchases with Limerick Marine Search and Rescue

Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Service Charity Shop Kathleen Bradley, Jerry Flynn, Eileen McManus and Vjollce Ajeti , Volunteer Staff at the Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Service Charity Shop at Thomas Street

BAGGING a bargain designer dress at the Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Service charity shop might help save a life as well as help shoppers look their best.

That’s according to the charity shop’s volunteer manager, Eileen McManus, who thanked the charity’s loyal customers who supported the service throughout 2023.

“People are really, really good,” Eileen told the Limerick Post.

Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Service has been saving lives and recovering loved ones from Limerick’s waters on a voluntary basis 365 days a year for almost 40 years.

All proceeds raised through the charity shop on Thomas Street goes directly back into the search and rescue service.

The shop, which opens from 9.30am to 5pm six days a week, is run by Eileen, a former manager at Milford Hospice, and a team of 15 volunteers, as well as three persons gaining retail experience on an employment scheme.

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“We have a lot of different designer brands here in the shop. We have everything from medical clothes, women’s clothes, bric-a-brac, and everything we sell is from kind donations from people. And everything is great quality, washed and pressed,” the native of Raheen said.

“We are open just over three years, I just decided the service was a great charity and decided to open the shop for them, I heard people speaking so highly of the work they do so I decided it would be a great charity to fundraise for.

“They are all volunteers, there is no middle man, there’s no one getting big pensions out of this.

“We want to thank everyone for supporting the charity. The shop is a lifeline for the service and is one of the main fundraising initiatives for the service.”