Dunkerrin-Barna-Moneygall Defibrillator Group

Moneygall Automated External Defibrillator

Cardiac First Responders (CFR’s) group was launched in Dunkerrin recently. 30 CFR’s completed training thanks to Ollie Hayes, John Doughan and Seamus Quigley. Thanks to kind donations from organisations, families and individuals in our area we have raised funds and we now have a total of 5 defibrillators. 3 defibrillators are already in place, in Barna (Hall), Moneygall (Church Entrance) and Dunkerrin (Delaney’s Wall). The other two are in service and will be in public access places in the coming months, one in Emmill and one in Rathnavogue.

We need more members and ask anyone who is a trained Cardiac Responder to join our group, or if you would like to carry out training and join our group, please contact Ollie Hayes, Michael Maunsell, John Bolger or any member of the group. Or email us on dbmdefibgroup@gmail.com.

Cardiac Arrest
In the event of a cardiac arrest first contact the ambulance service on 112 or 999 and then contact 0505 36000 for a local defibrillator. The early use of a defibrillator greatly increases the chance of surviving a Cardiac Arrest.

Some facts about Cardiac Arrest
Approximately 10,000 people die from cardiovascular disease every year in Ireland and it is estimated that 5,000 of these deaths are from a sudden cardiac arrest.
70% of cardiac arrests in Ireland occur out of hospital and usually in the presence of a family member or friend so if you know how to perform CPR you may be able to help save a life.

Some facts about the importance of the use of an AED:
• The chance of surviving cardiac arrest is decreased by 7-10% with each minute that passes after collapse.
• Defibrillation provides the single most important therapy for the treatment of cardiac arrest in the adult patient.
• Early CPR and defibrillation within the first 3–5 minutes after collapse, plus early advanced care can result in high (greater than 50%) long-term survival rates for witnessed cardiac arrests.
• The value of early CPR by bystanders is that it can “buy time” by maintaining some blood flow to the heart and brain during cardiac arrest.

Walking Loop Opens

The walking route in Moneygall has opened overlooking the village. The opening walk was held on Sunday March 16th with in excess of 100 people taking the uphill hike on the 5km Rock of Loyer Loop. Those assembled held a collection for the Irish Cancer Society and over €300 was raised. The loop is open to the public and we thank the land owners for giving over use of their land for this amenity. Users are welcome to use the route during daylight hours and strictly no dogs allowed.

Our Community walking group also continue to meet on Monday & Thursday evenings in the GAA Centre at 7:30pm

Moneygall Activity Park Opened

Moneygall Development Association (MDA) held the official opening of the Activity Park and Playground in the village on October 28th 2013. The development was funded in part by Offaly Local Development Company (OLDC) and also by the many people who contributed to a development draw to ensure that this dream became a reality. Many people braved the weather to join the official opening which began with Fr. Joe Kennedy P.P. and Canon Stephen Neil blessing the playground and all that use it. Henry Healy acted as MC and thanked all who ensured that this development happened, from the funders to Offaly Co Co who provided the site and to the great work of the project engineer Brian England and the contractors Cavanagh’s Playground who developed and constructed a modern safe playing environment for children. The playground was officially opened by Peter Ormond CC & Kieran Costello.

Séamus Ó Riain Centre Officially Opened

Saturday, May 4th, marked the official opening of the Séamus Ó Riain centre for Moneygall GAA Club. A great crowd turned out to mark the occasion and the weather too played its part in honouring a great GAA servant.

Pat Sheedy played the role of M.C. for the evening and he invited Matt Hassett, President of North Tipperary GAA, to officially open the 'Séamus Ó Riain' centre.

Pictured Right are the children of Séamus Ó Riain who attended the unveiling of the plaque with other members of family, friends and neighbours.

New Motorway Signage for Moneygall

Moneygall Development Association welcomes the successful achievement of Senator Mary White to secure improved signage for our village on the M7 motorway. Senator White was a big voice for our rural community to achieve our goal in getting official recognition for our community’s connection to US President Barack Obama.

It was refreshing to work with Senator White who had seen the merits in our arguments for improved signage for Moneygall. Our village has experienced people who have stumbled on our village by accident and have not known the story of President Obama and his Irish ancestry. This signage will just raise our profile to the thousands of commuters on the Dublin Limerick route and might just entice them to come visit our village and even the ancestral home which is open to the public each day.

Pic: (Left to Right) Kieran Costello, Cllr Peter Ormond, Senator Mary White, Ollie Hayes

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