Tributes are being paid following the death of longstanding Achill lifeboat volunteer Mattie Stafford who passed away on Friday and is being laid to rest today.

Achill Island RNLI said it's with deep shock and regret that they learned of the untimely passing of former crew member, emergency Coxswain and current Deputy Launching Authority Mattie Stafford, who brought his skills and ability in seamanship and mechanics to the Achill Island lifeboat over many years.

Mattie was awarded the RNLI Long Service Medal following 20 years on the lifeboat crew.

On his retirement from the crew, he took on the roles of Deputy Launching Authority and on the station operations team.

Achill Island RNLI says his advice, experience and camaraderie will be missed, and has extended sympathies to his wife Kathleen, daughters Jacinta, Caitriona and Genevieve, son Matthew and extended family.

Mattie's Funeral Mass got underway at 12 noon today in St Patrick's Church, Pollagh followed by burial in Slievemore Cemetery.

 

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