Bank of Ireland staff and Roscommon Lions Club members joined forces on Thursday morning last to unveil a new defibrillator, which is now operation outside the bank’s main entrance on the Square in Roscommon town.
Speaking at the launch, Anne Marie Beirne, BOI County Manager, said the new defibrillator was one of nine such devices unveiled by the bank nationwide.
Ms Beirne said the Roscommon branch was delighted to be part of the rollout and added that the device could save lives in Roscommon town.
Ciaran Mullooly of the Roscommon Lions Club thanked Bank of Ireland for the “tremendous move” in installing a defibrillator at their premises, adding that there are now four devices in Roscommon town.
“The first great day is launching the defibrillator, the second great day is when it’s charged up and fully functional, and the third is when we train people in how to use them,” he said.
Michael Costello, Head of BOI in Roscommon and Mayo, paid tribute to Anne Marie and Seán Beirne, who, he said, “really pushed for a defibrillator in Roscommon”.
Mr Costello said that two BOI employees were trained in the use of the defibrillator “with more to come”.
“We hope to never have to use it but if it can save one life then it will be worth it,” he said, before highlighting the importance of raising awareness of available defibrillators in Roscommon town.