Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh launches defibrillator groups plans for two Limerick schools

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh with Dara O'Brien, Jack O'Shea, Breda Moloney, Kate O'Connor and Antoinette Mullins

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh with Dara O'Brien, Jack O'Shea, Breda Moloney, Kate O'Connor and Antoinette Mullins

LOVE was in the air at the official launch of Bulgaden Martinstown Schools Defibrillator Group on Valentine’s night.

The theme of the evening was Mind your Heart. The committee welcomed a large crowd of locals and special guest, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, to Bulgaden Castle. 

The group was formed last November after Bulgaden resident, Jack O’Shea set up a Facebook page. He was inspired by the story of a child in Dublin being saved by a defibrillator after they suffered a cardiac arrest in a school playground.

The aim was to buy and install a defibrillator in Bulgaden and Martinstown schools, teach first aid to everyone in the community and how to use a defib to those interested.  After a number of fundraisers one life-saving piece of equipment has been purchased and the second defibrillator is due to arrive this week.

Jack and fellow committee members, Antoinette Mullins, Dara O’Brien, Breda Moloney and Kate O’Connor decorated Bulgaden Castle with creative and colourful pieces of artwork made by pupils of both schools. Their talent blew away the large attendance.

“Our special guest Micheál O’Muircheartaigh, who travelled with his wife Helena, gave a talk about the importance of defibrillators in modern day sport and how he also believes there should be a defibrillator in every school,” said Jack. 

David Wallace, Wallace Family Pharmacy, gave a talk on defibrillators and linking to the national grid. Dr Sonya Ryan spoke on the early signs of heart attack, heart disease, and the importance of age-related heart checks. The group’s treasurer, Breda Moloney, who is a palliative care nurse, gave a demonstration on how to administer a defibrillator shock using a mannequin.“This demonstration captivated the attention of the many kids who were present. They formed a circle around the demonstration area. You could hear a pin drop as they hung on every word and motion,” said Jack. A free raffle was held for prizes kindly sponsored by a number of businesses. Over €400 was collected from voluntary donations. 

“We also gave people the opportunity to sign up for our first aid / CPR / defibrillator training. All kids in both Bulgaden and Martinstown are scheduled for training in early March and we currently have three sessions booked up for adult training in the first three weeks of March at Bulgaden Castle,” said Jack.

Church gate collections take place this Sunday, February 24 in Bulgaden and Martinstown to cover ongoing training costs.

See page 34 of L2 for more