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Volunteers wanted for new life-saving service

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By Michelle Crean

A new life-saving service is being set up in Firies with the help of an experienced Killarney group.

Firies First Responders Team is currently in its infancy but with the help of dedicated volunteers from Killarney Cardiac Response Unit, it's hoped that the new service will be live by the New Year.

In order to get it going successfully, volunteers are needed, according to Kevin O'Leary from Killarney Cardiac Response Unit.

He explained that although volunteers will be taught life-saving skills, it will in no way replace the National Ambulance Service but will in fact compliment it.

"First Responders have a critical role in the first moments following a cardiac arrest until the arrival of advanced life support provided by the National Ambulance Service and other emergency services," he told the Killarney Advertiser.

Volunteers will not only assist their community in a positive way but will learn the basics of CPR and other required courses.

The only thing needed is a willingness to learn new skills and to be flexible for callouts.

"They will learn CPR and AED usage, and how to deal with life threatening events. No pre-medical training is required as this will be provided."

He added that there's already significant interest from locals to volunteer.

If you'd like to find out more email firies@killarneycru.ie or recruitment@killarneycru.ie.

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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By Sean Moriarty

HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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