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
Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance
Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]
Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.
The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.
It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.
Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.
As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.
“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.
Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.
Golf club launches Summer Series competition
By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]
By Sean Moriarty
Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.
The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.
Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.
“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”
Investigation continues into New St fire
Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]
Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.
The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).
It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.
The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.
“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”
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