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‘We are on Cloud Nine following return of missing defibrillator’

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Tom Geaney with from left, Eilish Coffey, Damien Baker and Leo O'Connor from the project group 'Heart of Killarney'. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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THE dedicated Heart of Killarney volunteers have said they are relieved and delighted following the return just after lunchtime today of a missing defibrillator on Main Street.

The automated external defibrillator (AED) was removed from the landmark telephone kiosk sometime between Saturday night and the early hours of Sunday.

Volunteers behind the life-saving project promptly issued a plea for its return and Damien Baker of the Heart of Killarney has just confirmed that it has been replaced.

Heart of Killarney volunteer Eilish Coffey made the discovery within the last half hour. “We are on Cloud Nine at its return. To say we were gutted and disheartened when it could not be located is an understatement,” Damien told Killarney Advertiser.

“We would like to thank the person who returned it as well as Killarney Gardaí who dedicated such effort to finding it also. We are very grateful to the Gardaí as well as to Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce and Kerry County Council for their continued support.”

The Heart of Killarney project, which was launched last year, is one that is being emulated by other towns. “Plans are at an advanced stage for defibrillator phone boxes for both Fossa and Woodlawn and a national rollout is also underway,” added Damien.

Additional security measures have been put in place to protect the Main Street defibrillator, including a code-lock and 24-hour CCTV system. “We understand the risks of having an accessible AED but the benefits need to outweigh the risks and we are striking a balance between ensuring it is accessible and keeping it safe,” added Damien.

Heart of Killarney will be organising a fundraiser in current weeks to offset the costs the new 24-hour security measure.

 


 
Above: At the launch of the defibrillator phonebook project last year were Tom Geaney with from left, Eilish Coffey, Damien Baker and Leo O'Connor from the project group 'Heart of Killarney'. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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