A New Chapter:
Galway’s Claddagh Watch Patrol have officially opened their new permanent premises at the Customs House on Flood Street. The charity, which was established by Arthur Carr to create a safer environment around the city’s waterways following a spate of tragedy, now has a permanent base.
As a result, volunteers patrolling the waterways and bridges of the city can return to a safe and secure location.
This new chapter is testament to the work of the Claddagh Watch Patrol. Together, they have campaigned to secure the premises. Above all, this will assist them to continue their vital work to improve the level of water safety across the city.
Critically, the River Corrib is one of the fastest flowing rivers in Europe, which means it can be very dangerous.
As well as their physical presence, the charity raises awareness about supports available to people experiencing a mental health crisis. In this regard, they continually liaise with organisations and public bodies in the field of suicide prevention and mental health support.
From the Big Red Van to A New Home:
“From starting in Arthur Carr’s big red van, to having a donation of a shipping container at the back of Monroe’s (thanks to all their support from the very beginning) Claddagh Watch Patrol now have a permanent new home,” says Cllr Niall McNeilis.
“Special thanks to the OPW for this space, where volunteers can return to and equipment can be stored safely and securely.”
Minister of State at the OPW, Patrick O’Donovan TD officially opened the facility, stating; “The OPW are delighted to partner with Claddagh Watch Patrol to deliver such an important facility for Galway. And we look forward to continuing to work with the organisation.”
For Claddagh Watch Patrol founder, Arthur Carr, it was a momentous occasion.
As he states: “It was a wonderful event, with a great turnout of sponsors, supporters and cheerleaders”. The official gathering continued at The Connacht Hotel, who have been among the many local businesses to champion the worthy cause.
For more information on their work and how to volunteer, log on to Claddagh Watch Patrol