New defibrillators for Kilbride

New defibrillators for the parish of Kilbride were donated to the community at a launch and information night held in Kilbride Community Centre on Friday night last. Chairman of Kilbride Defibrillator Committee Stephen Banahan, welcomed everybody on behalf of the committee, including invited guests and local county councillors. He thanked all who contributed so generously to the fund. Appreciation was expressed for the substantial donations received for the fund. Mr. Banahan thanked the committees of Kilbride Community Centre, the No Name Club who each contributed one defibrillator to the parish, Derrane Parish Council, which donated two and Colm Tully of Ros Veterinary Supplies and Pat Tully Plumbing and Heating Specialist who generously donated one to the GAA club for the parish. Guests at the launch heard that the idea of installing defibrillators around the parish came from the No Name Club. Three student committee members who are also members of the No Name Club, Padraig Kiernan, Cassie Moran and Jennifer Fannon, each spoke eloquently on the achievements of the No Name Club and the recent achievements of Siobhan Tully and Brenda Brennan were also commended. Eunice Langley of DARA Rooskey spoke of the importance of defibrillators and encouraged everybody to train in their use. The first round of training has been arranged for February 23rd. Committee members Emily Murray, Brendan Collins and Kathleen O’Grady took the names of people interested in training and were delighted to report a very keen interest. Further training dates will be arranged as the first round is now full. Anybody wishing to add his or her names to the training lest can do so by contacting any defibrillator committee member. Ms. Frances Hannon from Roscommon gave an excellent demonstration in the use of the defibrillator. Treasurer Brendan Collins spoke on the financial aspect. A total of €25,014 was raised, including donations from the committees and businesses mentioned, of €11,000. The defibrillators and weatherproof external boxes purchased were on display and will be positioned throughout the parish to facilitate every household.