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Hero Declan to the rescue on Killarney’s High Street

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Emergency Services Hero Award winner Declan Corcoran who was presented his trophy by Mary Byrne and Linda Martin during the Pride of Ireland Awards at the Doubletree Hilton on the Burlington Road, Dublin. PICTURE: GARETH CHANEY COLLINS

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WHEN Declan Corcoran popped into town in Killarney on his day off he had no idea his life-saving nursing skills would be put to the toughest of tests.

Off-duty nurse Declan went to the aid of Gabriel Divilly, 58, when he suffered a massive heart attack on High Street.

Declan, 46, spent 40 excruciating minutes giving CPR to Gabriel in his desperate fight to keep him alive.

For Athenry visitors Claire and Gabriel Divilly, the date May 8, 2013 will be forever ingrained in their memories. A day of sightseeing and shopping was brought to an abrupt end when Gabriel complained of dizziness before dropping in the street. “I screamed with fright. I knew in a matter of moments he was gone because he stopped breathing altogether and started turning blue,” Claire said.

Thankfully, Declan’s wife Tina witnessed the heart attack horror unfold and rang him for help.

Declan, from Milltown, explained: “I came running up the street and I could see the man was turning blue. He had been down about six minutes at that stage and there was no pulse.”

Keeping a calm head, Declan immediately started CPR on Gabriel. A member of staff from Scéal Eile restaurant across the street ran and got a nearby defibrillator and Declan shocked Gabriel twice, bringing him back to cling onto life.

“I found a weak pulse and kept giving CPR until the ambulance arrived. The sweat was dripping off me, but we were always told the best thing was to keep going if we thought there was any chance at all,” he said.

For 40 excruciating minutes Declan gave CPR to Gabriel in his desperate fight to keep him alive. Claire said: “Gabriel and I and our family will be forever indebted to him. I could have been a widow without Declan bringing my husband back. He was sent by an angel.”

The judges noted: “An emergency services hero is someone who goes above and beyond their job and Declan certainly did that. When off-duty he didn’t give-up on saving Gabriel Divilly’s life.“He gave CPR for 40 minutes and the fact this was the first time Declan had to use his skills outside a hospital environment make his life-saving actions all the more remarkable.”

Declan was honoured at the Pride of Ireland Awards this week at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Donnybrook.

Declan was feted at the star-studded event by celebrities such as Hozier, Shay Given, Katie Piper and Sean O’Brien, who shone a light on inspirational, unsung heroes behind incredible stories of courage and selflessness.

Declan was presented with the Emergency Service Hero Award by X-Factor star Mary Byrne and Eurovision legend Linda Martin.

Declan said: “It’s very special to get this award – it really is once in a lifetime. I feel very proud and it is recognition of all nurses.”

Mary, who sat on the Pride of Ireland judging panel, said: “Declan stood out in my eyes. I championed him. I’m very honoured to be presenting Declan with his award.”
Linda added: “Nurses as far as I’m concerned are angels. You couldn’t pay them enough money or credit them with enough thanks. They are magic people.”

A special programme, to be broadcast on UTV Ireland on Sunday, September 18, at 7.30pm, has captured all the emotional moments of the event.
 


 
Emergency Services Hero Award winner Declan Corcoran who was presented his trophy by Mary Byrne and Linda Martin during the Pride of Ireland Awards at the Doubletree Hilton on the Burlington Road, Dublin. PICTURE: GARETH CHANEY COLLINS

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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