Held at Ballymaloe since 1964, this year it is on Friday 31st January 2020 and is Downton Abbey themed. 


Ballymaloe House has supported Ballycotton Lifeboat with an annual fundraising gala dinner since opening their Yeats Room restaurant in 1964.  We are delighted to host this event every year, not only because we wish to support and raise awareness and funds to help the incredibly important work our local lifeboat station and crew do, but from a personal point of view, Myrtle and Ivan Allen met at a Ballycotton Lifeboat fundraising event at Ballymaloe House in the early 1940s when the house was owned by the previous owners. 

Ballycotton Lifeboat and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are solely funded by donations and fundraising activities and rely on them to operate their vital lifesaving service.  More importantly Ballycotton Lifeboat has fundraising targets to reach to ensure they keep a lifeboat at this station in our nearby fishing village of Ballycotton. 

The annual Ballymaloe Lifeboat Gala Fundraising Dinner theme for 2020 is DOWNTON ABBEY and tickets are available for the fundraising event from Ballycotton Lifeboat fundraising committee member Margie Houlihan 087 648 5480 at €110 per person.  

The evening will begin with a cocktail and jazz quartet Perfidia in the Drawing room, an especially themed Gala dinner menu, entertainment and music from the Runaway Retros after dinner in the conservatory... and all in a good cause!

Please book accommodation directly with Ballymaloe House on 021 465 2531 - there is a very special B&B fundraising rate available. 

More information on the RNLI and the fantastic work they do... 

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

We provide, on-call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service and a seasonal lifeguard service. Our values reflect the way we do business as an organisation.

Our purpose

The RNLI saves lives at sea.

Our vision

To end preventable loss of life at sea.

Our values

Our work is founded upon, and driven by, our values. Our volunteers and staff strive for excellence and are expected to be:


Accountable and efficient in the use of the donations entrusted to us by our supporters, managing our affairs with transparency, integrity and impartiality. Responsible for our own safety and dedicated to the safety of others.


Prepared to achieve our aims in changing and challenging environments. We are innovative, adaptable and determined in our mission to save lives at sea.


Willing to put the requirements of others before our own and the needs of the team before the individual. Able to see the bigger picture and act in the best interests of the RNLI, and to be inclusive and respectful of others. Prepared to share our expertise with organisations that share our aims.


Always available, committed to doing our part in saving lives with professionalism and expertise, continuously developing and improving. Working in and for the community, we deliver on our promises.

Things we will not change

In support of these values, our core principles will guide us in delivering our lifesaving service, now and in the future.

Volunteer ethos

Our lifesaving service is provided wherever possible by volunteers, generously supported by voluntary donations and legacies.

Community-based, with the support of a major charity

Our strength lies in operating through local teams, centrally directed and resourced.

Every life matters

We value every life and look to prevent loss of life, whoever it may be and wherever they may be in trouble.

Safety, Health and Environment

Our safety culture is of paramount importance to everything we do.

Maritime expertise

Our exceptional expertise is in the preservation of life at sea and on the water through rescue, together with the delivery of coordinated safety and education programmes.

Independence of thought

We will not seek funding from central government if this could jeopardise our independence.

Our role as bridge-builder

We always work to identify, grow and maintain effective partnerships and coalitions to further the cause of the wider lifesaving community.

Striving for excellence and innovation

We believe in constantly looking for better ways of delivering what we do, embracing new technologies and ideas.


We are proud of our history, the affection in which people hold our traditions, and the RNLI’s achievement of saving lives over nearly two centuries

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