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The Coastguard Cutter Vol1 No7
July 2003:
Small museums are generally run by enthusiasts with a love for the past. Today we can learn so much in them, but do we visit as often as we should. Some are here today and gone to-morrow. The Maritime Museum housed in the old Mariners Church in Dun Laoghaire, Co.Dublin with its wonderful collection of shipping items has had to close, temporarily we hope, due to lack of funds to pay insurance, building repairs etc. The site is perfect due to its Maritime history. Will things improve in the near future?

The Coastguard Cutter Vol1 No6
June 2003:
Many of the old Coastguard stations vacated in 1922 have fallen into disrepair, many were demolished, some are inhabited , some are a pile of forlorn ruins. Over the years many have been rebuilt and refurbished for various uses. The Station at Rosmoney is an example of long term sympathetic restoration.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol1 No5
May 2003:
This month the theme is the actual duties of Coastguards, you may be surprised at some of the chores Coastguards of that era regarded as routine.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol1 No4
April 2003:
Some new friends in the New Irish Coastguard Service tell me that efforts are underway to create a Coastguard Museum in the old station Crosshaven. Officers house contains 6 rooms, kitchen and scullery. Mens houses 11 in number contain 4 rooms and kitchen each. Watch-house attached to buildings...

The Coastguard Cutter Vol1 No3
March 2003:
In this Issue the theme is rescue and the role the coastguard played in saving lives and property. I would like to thank our kind readers who have sent in items for future inclusion in our Newsletter. How coastguard families lived, and episodes in the routine duties of their men, sometimes hazardous, bring to life a bygone era.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol1 No2
Febrary 2003:
Included in this Issue are some descriptions of smugglers at work, evading Customs Officers and payments of taxes. This smuggling brought about the need to organise a land and sea-based force to counter these illegal activities. The Preventive Waterguard and later Coastguards were the answer to the problem.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol1 No1
January 2003:
I would like to wish you a Cead Mile Failte (One thousand welcomes) aboard the´┐ŻNew(s) Coastguard Cutter "The Lady Margaret". I would have liked to christen it with a bottle of Moet Chandon but will have to make do with a bottle of Coke. I hope to send our 'Coastguard Cutter' all around the old Coastguard Stations of Ireland, now unmanned and derelict in some cases, and collect any items which may be of interest to anyone researching how and where their Coastguard ancestors lived.