Video: Cycle-logical boost for Limerick suicide patrol

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts

SUICIDE prevention volunteers patrolling the Shannon will now be able to get to flashpoints in double quick time.

This comes after Frank Hogan Motors on the Dublin Road agreed to donate four state-of-the-art bicycles to Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol (CSPP).

CSPP patrol the Shannon four nights a week aiming to help people who may be considering taking their lives.

Now, the four Skoda bikes - which will be kitted out with a defibrillator, and other first aid supports - means the group will be able to cover a much wider area than they do currently.

The donation comes after CSPP issued a public appeal for bicycles.

Paul Hogan, CSPP chairman said the response was so good they had to stop taking offers.

They have received four bikes from Frank Hogan, and three from Tribikes in Raheen, which will kit out the bikes with mud guards, and provide high-visibility bests.

It is hoped the bikes will be in use by the group come Christmas.

“The good thing is we will be able to cover a lot more ground, a lot quicker. In the event that one patrol comes across something, or one of the public rings us to tell us there is people on the banks, we can get there a lot quicker,” Paul said.

At present, CSPP volunteers cover between ten and 15 kilometres a night - the bikes will cut down on this.

Ron Hogan, of Frank Hogan’s said he decided to donate the bikes after spotting a feature about CSPP in the Limerick Leader.

“I saw what they were doing, I thought it was a great cause. You can see it really helps people. I saw they were looking for bikes, and thought why not? It is a noble cause.”