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Volkswagen dealership comes to aid of Sub Aqua Club

A Co. Roscommon Volkswagen dealership has come to the aid of one of the country’s best-known Sub Aqua clubs.

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club, based on the River Shannon at Lanesborough suffered a devastating fire to its premises, which caused over  €100,000 in damage to the club house and equipment.


Pictured (third from L-R) is Frank Casey, Chairman of Lough Ree Sub Aqua Search and Rescue Club receiving the keys of a long-term loan Volkswagen LT van from Gerry Donlon (fourth from Left), Sales Manager, John Keanes & Sons, Volkswagen main dealers, in Roscommon. Also, pictured are some members and divers from the Lough Ree Sub Aqua Search and Rescue Club.


Lough Ree Sub Aqua Search and Rescue has helped to locate dozens of people who tragically have lost their lives on the waterways of Ireland so when John Keane and Sons, Volkswagen dealers at Lanesborough Road, Roscommon Town heard of the terrible damage done to the club’s transport in the July fire, they immediately responded by offering help with transport for the voluntary club and its divers.

 A new Volkswagen Crafter van was immediately made available by the dealership to allow the Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club continue its work in Search and Rescue around the country. The dealership also offered help on an ongoing basis to ensure the club could get around and transport its divers to and from search locations.

“We were absolutely delighted when John Keane rang us and offered help,” said Francis Casey, Chairman of Lough Ree Sub Aqua club. “At the time we were still coming to terms with the damage caused by the fire so it was brilliant to be able to say we did not need to worry about transport – even though our old van was completely destroyed in the blaze.”

“We were pleased to be able to help,” John Keane said. “We know the tremendous work the Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club does for families who are waiting to try and recover the remains of their loved ones from the waterways when tragedy strikes. So we offered our assistance to the club and were delighted they could avail of the new Volkswagen Crafter immediately and a replacement van until they get back to normal.”