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Life Jacket

Kiltimagh Railway Museum, County Mayo

Yellow life jacket which, when inflated, can prevent the wearer from drowning.

To prevent drowning in the event of a ship's sinking.

This life jacket was worn by Sister Lily McNicholas, a nurse on the MV Amsterdam, a hospital ship which was torpedoed by enemy submarine off the coast of Normandy 4/3/48. Sister McNicholas and her nursing colleagues ensured that all wounded were safely transferred to safety before scrambling to safety themselves. Most of the wounded were stretcher cases who had to be assisted on to water ambulances. Sister McNicholas couldn't swim and experienced some difficulty before being picked up by a US cutter. She received the OBE for her bravery.

Lily McNicholas's family donated the lifebelt to the museum in 1989.

Opening Hours

Daily 2pm - 6pm June to September

Come and share our experience for yourselves. You will be most welcome.

Kiltimagh Railway Museum
County Mayo

Tel: + 353 (0) 94 938 1132


  • Parish History, Kiltimagh, Our Life and Times, by Peter Sobolewski & Betty Solan. Price £15 (plus postage)
  • Sean Lavan, produced in conjunction with Kiltimagh GAA: Price £3 (plus postage)

| Kiltimagh Museum | Railway History |
| Raftery | Mike Hogarty | Father Denis O'Hara | Gene Tunney | Sean Lavan |

Items of interest to be viewed at Kiltimagh Railway Museum
| Abacus Ball-frame | Apron | Barber's Pole and Chair | Bedspread or Quilt | Bicycle Permit | Clay Pipe | Copying Press | Cosmetics | Doll | Farming Implements | Gas Lamp | Gas Meter | Gold medal | Life Jacket | Model Locomotive | Locked draws | Glass Case | Olympic Crest 1924 | Police hat and badge | Pottery Hot Water Bottle | Ration Book | Replicas of Boston Famine Memorial | Scales | Scales for eggs | School Clock | Sculpture of the Station Master | Sketch of Raftery | Staff Key | Sundial | Sword | Wooden Trap | Wooden Cradle |