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Farranfore midwife hero of Luton Airport birth

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A Farranfore midwife played a crucial role in delivering a baby at Luton Airport recently.

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By Sean Moriarty

Michelle Skehan was returning from a family trip in London to Kerry Airport when a mother went into to labour in the airport’s departure lounge.

Michelle is the daughter of Mike and Margaret Moriarty of Central Car Sales in the village.

The whole family were in London for a family birthday party and were returning to Kerry Airport when the drama unfolded at Luton.

London Luton Airport staff worked together to provide the warmest of welcomes to a very special ‘airport arrival’, after a pregnant passenger went into labour in the airport departure lounge.
Rushing to the scene, members of the LLA Guest Experience, Security and Fire Service teams moved quickly to make the passenger comfortable and organise privacy screens, before delivering the baby in the departure lounge.

Further support was provided to the LLA team by passenger Michelle, a midwife, who was waiting to board a flight to Kerry.

Michelle was full of praise for the LLA team’s response: “I was pleased to assist in her delivery but a huge amount of credit is due to the staff in the airport. They were so calm and helped maintain the woman's privacy. The teamwork that I witnessed in the ‘delivery room’ was phenomenal and everyone should be so proud of themselves. It's definitely a birth I will always remember. One that I will surely be retelling for years to come!”

Following the birth, the LLA Guest Experience team ensured Michelle made it on to her flight just minutes later.

Melanie Horwood, Guest Experience Manager at LLA, led the team’s effort to successfully deliver the baby, following advice provided by Megan Bryne, a call handler with the East of England Ambulance Service. The two were brought together at a ceremony held at the airport to honour those involved.

Melanie, who has worked at LLA for 37 years said: “When I arrived, I could see that the lady was in full labour so we moved quickly to bring in screens and contact the ambulance service who advised me exactly what to do. We were delighted to deliver a beautiful baby girl and there was a feeling of complete elation afterwards as a huge round of applause broke out across the departure lounge for all the LLA staff involved. It just felt wonderful and I would do it all again in a heartbeat!”

Neil Thompson, Operations Director at London Luton Airport, added: “A huge well done to everyone from the LLA team who used all their experience and professionalism to remain calm and provide amazing support to ensure the safe delivery of the baby. Our teams work hard to deliver a simple and friendly passenger experience each day and are always prepared for a wide range of incidents to occur within a busy airport environment. We are immensely proud of the truly exceptional way the team pulled together and we are delighted to say that both mother and baby are doing well.”

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Retiring Garda Sergeant began career in Killarney

Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney. […]

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Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney.

Sergeant In charge at Killarney Garda Station Dermot O’Connell paid tribute to her achievements and her unrelenting commitment to improving the policing environment.

As a former Chairman, Secretary and delegate of the Kerry Branch, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell worked closely with Antoinette in AGSI for many years.

“Her support for members of the Association was second to none. Antoinette always pursued what was right and just. Her ability, knowledge and professionalism was acknowledged both internally and externally by other representative bodies and also professional bodies,” he said.

“When Antoinette arrived here at her first station, the late Jack McGrath was the Sergeant In Charge.”
“As many know Sergeant Jack McGrath frequently walked the beat. During this time Jack shared much of his experience with Antoinette who proved her ability as a competent Garda to Sergeant Jack McGrath. “
“Jack was very impressed by her ability even at that early stage, he always spoke highly of Antoinette and followed her career path with great interest.”

Antoinette subsequently transferred to Limerick (Roxboro Road and Mayorstone Garda Stations). As a Sergeant she moved to the Garda College and completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and a BA in Training and Education.
In 2021 Antoinette was honoured by University Galway with an Alumni Award for her significant contribution in the field of policing.

She became the first female member to serve with the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors at Branch level, National Executive level, President, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary.

“On behalf of the Kerry Branch of AGSI I wish Antoinette the very best in whatever the future holds for her and her family,” added Sergeant O’Connell.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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