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Killarney rings in the changes with defibrillator telephone box

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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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Tom Geaney cuts the tape with, from left, Mayor of Killarney Municipal District Brendan Cronin, Damien Baker, Eilish Coffey and Leo O'Connor, Heart of Killarney.

KILLARNEY teenager Tom Geaney, whose life was saved by the use of a defibrillator after he suffered a heart attack, cut the ribbon on the defibrillator telephone box on Main Street today.

Tom, whose parents are both local GPs, owes his life to the quick reaction of club officials and the nearby access to a defibrillator and the new Heart of Killarney project aims to increase the public awareness around the location of the public access AEDs in Killarney.

Killarney aims to be the most heartsafe town in Ireland, with community first responders, public access AEDs and public training initiatives. The Heart of Killarney complements the existing services in the overall goal of reducing the lives lost to sudden cardiac arrests each year, said Damien Baker and Leo O'Connor, the project leads for the Heart of Killarney who have spearheaded this project working alongside Cllr Donal Grady, Kerry County Council, Irish Independent Healthfoods and many more supporters of the project.

“Historically the phone box played a huge part of Ireland's communities; it was the lifeline that kept families together,” said Damien Baker.
“Now they can do that again by housing these life-saving devices and help the public recognise and remember the locations of the AEDs.”

Killarney, as with other heart healthy projects, aims to lead this innovative project and hopes it will be a national role out over the next few years, he added.

“The team at Heart of Killarney have created a template for the project that will be provided on request to other towns on that want to follow with this initiative,” said Leo O’Connor.

Killarney has 13 public access AEDs which drastically improve the chances of survival of someone who has an out of hospital cardiac arrest. “The team at the heart of Killarney are working with the other groups already in existence in Killarney to strengthen the chain of survival,” added Leo.

Leo, who is also the coordinator of the Killarney Cardiac Response Unit, thanked the people of Killarney for their support in this project and encouraged other towns to follow suit.

Damien, a student paramedic in the UK, has paid tribute to the sponsors and supporters for making this possible and would encourage as many as possible to learn CPR and how to use an AED.

There is further information available on www.heartofkillarney.ie
 


 
Above: 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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Killarney stage to feature in new look Rás Mumhan

Cycling By Sean Moriarty Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race. The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in […]

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Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race.

The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.
The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in County Tipperary but they never got the event off the ground as a result of the pandemic.

A new joint effort between four cycling clubs in Kerry has taken over the running of the event under new race director Daithi Creedon and his committee.

It will be the first major Stage Race on the Irish Cycling Calendar and will take place over the four days of Easter weekend from April 15 to April 18.

Killarney Cycling club will run the second leg of the event – a stage from the town to Sneem via Bealach Oisin Pass on Easter Saturday.

The opening leg will be hosted by Tralee Manor West BC and will start and finish in the county town and run via Annascaul and Castlemaine.

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club is in charge of day three which takes in Knocknagree, Rathmore and Kishkeam.

The final day is in the hands of Currow Cycling Club and they will run the Knocknagoshel to Headley’s Bridge looped stage.

“This year’s route will allow the riders to race every day, with undulating roads and deliberately staying away from big category 1 climbs, this will open up the race for aggressive racing. Stage four will be a spectator friendly stage and will be a great finale to Rás Mumhan,” said Creedon.

“We wish to acknowledge and thank Killorglin Cycling Club for the fantastic work they have carried out in promoting and running this event in the past.”

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Northern lights delight for Aoife and Sinead

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships. Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern lights with a phenomenal display of handball.

In the Ladies ‘Challenger 1 Wall’ competition Aoife Walsh faced a top-class field.

Following quarter and semi-final wins, she went into the final with the favourites tag.

Walsh again produced a sizzling display of handball to outclass her opponent, Emma O’Neill (Tyrone), to clinch the title on a 15-4 scoreline.

There was further joy for the Spa based club when one of their promising new players, Sinead Moriarty, teamed up with Clare Conway (Tyrone) and Carla Corcoran (Tyrone) in the Mixed Grade team competition.

Twelve teams contested this competition with Moriarty key to their success. In the opening rounds the team scored 25-16 and 25-20 to reach the final where they had an impressive 25-22 victory in a classic game that showcased the finer skills of handball.

The other Killarney competitor, Niamh Faulds added to her growing reputation with some impressive games in the “1 Wall’, ‘4 Wall’ and team competitions, winning one game and narrowly loosing out in the other games despite close 25-18, 21-19, 21-17 score-lines.

“This has been a historic and important weekend for women’s handball in Kerry. Winning titles is a massive boost for the sport and something we can build on in the coming weeks and months,” said Jack O’Shea, P.R.O. of the Kerry Handball Board.

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