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LAST month 12 of the staff from the Killarney Plaza Hotel undertook a four-hour training course to learn CPR and AED use. The skills they learned have provided them with the ability to recognise someone who is in cardiac arrest and how to active the emergency chain of survival.

The Irish Heart Foundation-certified course was provided by the Heart of Killarney project in association with OC Safety Training. “For every minute someone isn't breathing with no pulse they lose 10% chance of survival,” stated spokesman Damien Baker, Heart of Killarney.
“By having these skills and using them before the ambulance arrives, they are giving people the best possible chances of survival.”

The Killarney Plaza Hotel is a key sponsor for both the Heart of Killarney project and the Killarney Cardiac Response Unit. “We would like to thanks Igor Van Reil and the staff and management of Killarney Plaza Hotel for their continued support,” said Leo O’Connor of the Killarney Cardiac Response Unit.

Should anyone want to learn CPR or find out about local courses, email info@heartofkillarney.ie
Meanwhile, the Heart of Killarney phone box AED project received a cheque for €2,000 at the recent Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle presentation night.

Damien and Leo thanked the committee. “The phone box AED project is taking off across the country and we are currently working with many town and villages across Ireland to help them get a phone box AED,” said Damien.

 


 
Above: Tony Good, Damien Baker, Claire Moriarty, Gracia Del Gado, Leo O'Connor, Sophia O'Shea, Adam Conde, James McConville, Katharina McHay, Ciara Finucane and Daniel Ven Haar receive certs after completing the Heartsaver AED course Heart of Killarney project in association with OC Safety Training. Pic: Dylan Clifford

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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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