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 L.A.S.T  FOUNDER Noel Mc Donagh 

Noel was born in the fishing village of Dunmore East, Co Waterford and spent many years fishing before leaving it due to restrictions and opened a business in Waterford City in 1982. Now retired Noel saw over the

years many friends and relations lose their life to fishing, after the Bolger Brothers tragedy he decided that something must be done and so the birth of L.A.S.T (Lost At Sea Tragedy). Today Noel is the driving force behind this registered Charity and hope to have groups in place all over the Irish coast .Noel is the South East Fisherman's representative on the National Implementation Board

All occupations have their hazards but no peacetime occupation is as hazardous as sea fishing. A recent study of 200 fishermen found that over 25% of the men interviewed had been taken ashore as an emergency case at least once. The most common reasons given were multiple injuries, fractures and traumatic amputations. Shockingly, one on four had sustained injuries, mainly lacerations, sprains and strains during the previous twelve months.Injuries threaten to cut short careers or at best enforce a long lay-off. If you don't fish, you don't earn and a family can quickly fall into debt. Access to immediate and effective treatment may mean an accelerated return to work.We are extremely grateful to all of those who volunteer to fund raise for us, it is also appreciated by the Fishing industry who benefit from the help and support we are able to offer, after all, without your assistance we would not be able to help .If you would like to arrange a fundraising event for us, please let us know.   Contact us via email address:; or Noel Mc Donagh tel: 0862686082.. If you require help  for your event, we will be happy to help you make your event a success.Afterwards we would like to be told the amount of money that was raised within five days of your event taking place.



Sea Safety
Sea Safety for Inshore and deep sea commercial fishing remains Ireland's most dangerous occupation.
Fishermen are 100 times more likely to suffer a fatal accident than the rest of the workforce. There has been no noticeable reduction in the fatal accident rate in the Irish fishing industry in the last 30 years. As the fatal accident rates in all other occupations have fallen sharply during the same period in relative terms commercial fishing has become progressively more hazardous.According to the R.N.L.I and Irish Coastguards many fatal accidents are caused by men not wearing life jackets and fishing alone. Fishing alone is often a result of the quota system. Income is insufficient to provide a living for more than one man.
EU imposed fishing quotas are a contentious issue and a source of great anxiety for working fishermen.Fishermen find life jackets too cumbersome to work in. To came up with an acceptable alternative: are buoyancy oilskins. If fishermen don’t wear life jackets, then buoyancy oilskins are the next best thing. They cost €200; not a huge amount of money but seen as an unnecessary expense by fishermen who take home less than the minimum wage. They’re more worried about paying their debts and feeding their families than they are about safety.


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mission & vision
No need is too small and no voice is too quiet to be heard.
We will devote the time ,
will YOU?
Poverty and debt are facts of life in our fishing communities. At best, fishing can be a precarious business. Success depends on a host of factors from the weather to fluctuating fish prices to ever tightening quotas. Worst hit have been the men of the inshore fleet. Many barely scrape a living. Many are in serious debt.Debt and poverty can lead to homelessness, marital breakdown, alcohol abuse and depression. Problems made worse by the prevalence of injury and ill-health among working fishermen. Chronic ill-health and debt are also serious problems for ex-fishermen and their families. Retired fishermen are more likely than any other occupational group to be living in poverty.Our aim is to provide a network in all the Coastal Communities around Ireland Offering financial, practical and emotional support, including bereavement counseling to the families of fishermen lost at sea.
​ Providing a wide range of welfare services to active fishermen and their families, including  debt and relationship counseling, accessing addiction support and help with medical care.,Obtaining financial assistance and providing debt counseling and other forms of support for the elderly and infirm Combating loneliness amongst the elderly through a programme of home visits and group activities