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NO DAMAGE: Killarney Cardiac Response Unit volunteers Carole Moran and Bridget Delaney say there was no damage done to the defibrillator on Main St at the weekend. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

 

By Sean Moriarty

The Main St defibrillator phone box, which houses an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), a device crucial in the early intervention of heart attack victims was not damaged after a young man was filmed dancing on its roof while a crowd gathered beneath to cheer him on last weekend.

The video posted on social media was subsequently viewed over 300,000 times while RTÉ carried it on its main evening news bulletin on Sunday night.

The incident happened around midnight on Saturday night and received widespread condemnation as the crowd breached several social distancing rules.

However, Killarney Cardiac Response Unit (KCRU) said the incident helped highlight the work of its members as it reminded people that the traditional style phone box is not a tourist attraction but a defibrillator hut and that it put their efforts on the national news.

The Main St telephone kiosk was the first such unit to be converted into an AED house. It was officially opened in November 2016 by a volunteer group called Heart of Killarney.

“It is the most famous phone box in the country this week,” PRO Carole Moran told the Killarney Advertiser. “This highlighted what we do, the work of our volunteers and many people would not know it is home to an AED.”

Her only concern was the incident caused damage to the unit or the phone box itself.

“We had a team of maintenance volunteers on site at 8am Sunday morning and we are happy to report that no damage has been done,” she added.

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Eileen rewarded for her dedication to athletics

By Sean Moriarty Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer. The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last. As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Well-known Dalton’s Avenue woman Eileen Switzer has been named as the Honorary President of Killarney Valley Athletic Club in recognition of her work as a volunteer.

The club held its annual awards night on Friday night last.

As well as presenting awards to club members in recognition of their achievements at home and abroad they decided to honour Mrs Switzer for her “lifetime of volunteering to the community, to sport, to youth and for championing diversity and inclusion”.

“Eileen has been an advocate, a coach and an administrator in the sport of athletics for over 60 years in the town of Killarney, Kerry and beyond,” said club chair Jerry Griffin.

Eileen and her husband Frank have dedicated their lives to the community games and athletics in the greater Killarney area.

“I enjoy, but I don’t like, all the limelight,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I like to watch newcomers as they come up through the ranks, many of the Community Games people of the past are now running the committee.”

In a life time dedicated to volunteerism in Killarney Eileen has helped sports like golf, pitch and putt and badminton grow.  She was also heavily involved in the local Irish dancing scene and remains a great supporter of Kerry Parents and Friends.

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A Mass of Commemoration in Kilcummin

COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr […]

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COMMEMORATION: A Mass of Commemoration for all those who fought and died in Kilcummin during the Irish War of Independence was celebrated last Sunday last at 11.30am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin by Fr Kieran O’Brien. Organised by the Kilcummin Historical Group there followed a walk to the Kilcummin Mass Rock where Fr Kieran laid a wreath.

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