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Heroes save man’s life at Mass

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LIVE SAVERS: Fr Kieran O'Brien, Mabel Counihan (KCRU), Denny Murphy, Bridget Delaney (KCRU) and Martin Grady who helped save the life of an American man in St Mary's Cathedral recently. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

 

The life of an American doctor who suffered a major heart attack in St Mary’s Cathedral was saved thanks to the heroic efforts of locals who raced to his aid.

 

Dr Patrick Brosnan from Austin, Texas was visiting Kerry relatives when shocked 10.30am Massgoers heard him loudly gasp as he collapsed in the church on October 13.

 

Locals raced to save him while Fr Kieran O’Brien asked the congregation to pray for the man and his helpers.

Denny Murphy from Whitebridge Manor had been sitting behind the man and jumped in to help, followed by Dr Brian McCullagh, a surgeon in the Mater Hospital who was home to Killarney for a few days.

Anne Carroll from the Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) also happened to be at the Mass that morning as was Martin Grady who also came to his aid.

Two rounds of CPR were performed while Fr Kieran anointed Dr Brosnan as he was moments from death.

Killarney Cardiac First Responders Mabel Counihan and Bridget Delaney rushed to the church while Anne Lucey ran out for the defibrillator across at O’Shea’s Funeral Home.

 

“I heard a loud gasp and a fall as someone shouted out for medical assistance,” Fr Kieran told the Killarney Advertiser.

“As they worked on him I said we’d have no sermon, just prayers for him.”

Dr Brian McCullagh appeared on the scene at the most critical point, Denny Murphy explained.

“Both Brian and Martin were instrumental in saving that man’s life,” Denny said.

Using the defibrillator, the man was shocked back to life, before being taken away in an ambulance to University Hospital Kerry where he stayed for 10 days before undergoing a quadruple bypass in University Hospital Cork. He has since made a full recovery and after being released from hospital this week is planning to return home to America.

 

“I am grateful to have received both first responder training and CPR training through Kerry Fire Service,” Martin said.

“These courses once completed are not just for the job you’re in but skills you will have for life. I would have to plea to people to avail of such courses whether they’re being run at work or community based. As I learned through my role in the fire service you just don’t know where or when you may use those skills.”

 

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By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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