Friday Dec 01, 2023

106. A Beautiful Thing: Ronnie Delany

Ireland’s legendary Olympian says the RNLI really is about saving every one

In December 1956, Ronnie Delany won a gold medal in the 1500m race at the Olympics in Melbourne. Now 87, and a Vice President of the RNLI, Ronnie takes pride in how he competed for an all-Ireland country as an athlete, and in how, through his work with the RNLI, he’s supporting an all-Ireland charity.

He talks of how the RNLI is apolitical in Ireland, of extraordinary friendships he’s made, and says the charity’s commitment to saving lives at sea is ‘a beautiful thing’.

200 Voices is produced by Adventurous Audio for the RNLI   

Interview by Adventurous Audio

Soundtrack composed and performed by Jon Nicholls   

The RNLI is a charity celebrating 200 years of saving lives at sea - find out more at   

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