At the end of the funeral service this morning for Caitriona Lucas, the volunteer coast guard who lost her life on Monday after the rescue boat capsized, her husband Bernard read a poem that had only been given to him last night.
Caitriona, the call was made,
and you set out, in wind and wave and rain,
Your quest, to search and search,
to ease a family's pain.
You never hesitated once. That bleeper sounded loud.
Where others mattered more, Caitriona we're so proud.
We're proud because we can all say
we share this land and sea with you, our hero.
We salute your immensity.
We are very sad you have gone, we think we understand the parting
It's you we always loved. Your sacrifice will never be lost on us, your loyal crew.
Anchors away, you beauty queen. You are in our hearts and souls.
From your friends and lonesome crew, for now it's Slán go fóill
National flag flies@ half mast to honour memory&selfless dedication of Caitríona Lucas, Kilkee Coastguard. Go ndéanfaidh Dia trócaire uirthi— Enda Kenny (@EndaKennyTD) September 15, 2016
Caitriona Lucas died trying to save another; the ultimate act of bravery. So much gratitude to her, to her family and those like her. RIP.— Anne-Marie Flynn (@thecailinrua) September 12, 2016
Heartfelt condolences to the Family, friends & colleagues of Caitríona Lucas volunteer crew member with Doolin CG. pic.twitter.com/Wu8CNN9Meg— Waterford Marine SAR (@WaterfordMSAR) September 12, 2016