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Donaghadee is a town with a population of some 8,000. It has a very rich history, having been one of the main ports of entry to the island of Ireland up until the 19th Century. Aside from the historic buildings reflecting its rich heritage, the town has a picturesque seafront, offering views across Belfast Lough to the North and eastwards to the Scottish Coast. There is a great choice of restaurants, cafés and shops all offering a friendly welcome to visitors. General information on Donaghadee and the surrounding area can be found on www.visitstrangfordlough.co.uk.

The town has a strong association with the lifeboat service and the station is responsible for a major section of the Irish Sea. Perhaps the best known lifeboat based at the Donaghadee station was the Sir Samuel Kelly. Her biggest single rescue of lives at sea was on the 31st of January 1953 when her crew gallantly went out into the raging Irish Sea to rescue 32 of the 44 survivors from the stricken Larne – Stranraer car ferry Princess Victoria (IV). Later, in 1979 when stationed at Courtmacsherry in County Cork, the boat was involved in rescuing participants in the Fastnet race. The Sir Samuel Kelly has now been preserved and is on display at Donaghadee, standing near the harbour and her modern day counterpart.