A HUSBAND and wife from Cork will be honoured at Buckingham Palace next week for the years of service to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Seamus Mason and wife Susan from Youghal, Co. Cork have been working with the RNLI for a combined 45 years.
Seamus is a station mechanic while Susan operates as secretary of the fundraising branch.
The service in Youghal dates back to 1857 and covers the East Cork and West Waterford areas.
The Mason’s will be officially recognised for their contributions to the service by Queen Elizabeth at her garden party in Buckingham Palace next Tuesday.
The party at the palace is one of three events held each year to recognise and award members of the public service.
The couple were nominated for the prestigious opportunity by RNLI lifesaving manager Joe Moore who said: “Seamus is the backbone of the lifeboat station in Youghal and is well thought of, not only by the volunteers in the station but by visitors as well, including regional staff - he is held in high regard by everyone.”
The Youghal RNLI crew have been awarded six medals for gallantry in 165 years of service.