Two Tipperary rural communities receive life saving defibrillator

Cllr Kieran Bourke with Dr Sabine Eggers and Anne Walsh of the Ahenny and Faugheen Defibrillator Project receiving the defibrillator from Tim Ryan of Quality Recycling.

A fundraising campaign has kicked off in Ahenny and Faugheen to provide storage facilities for  the community's new defibrillator obtained to help save the lives of local people suffering heart attacks.

The first fundraising event will be a cake sale and raffle at the Parish Hall in Faugheen this Sunday, June 17 after 10am Mass. 

The Ahenny and Faugheen Defibrillator Project was launched in Faugheen Parish Hall on Tuesday, May 29.  

The event was facilitated by Faugheen ICA. 

Ahenny resident Dr Sabine Eggers spoke at the meeting about the need for a defibrillator in isolated villages such as Ahenny. 

She informed residents that earlier that day, she and Mrs Ann Walsh received a defibrillator, through the good offices of FF Cllr. Kieran Bourke. 

The defibrillator was sponsored by Carrick-on-Suir based ‘Quality Recycling’. 

A vote of thanks to Quality Recycling was unanimously passed.  

The Ahenny and Faugheen Defibrillator Group set about considering a range of events to raise the funds needed to provide a box to contain the unit, which will be mounted at an accessible location in Ahenny village. 

It was also decided that a similar box would be purchased so that the existing unit in Faugheen could be mounted outside to give better access. 

Funds are also required to train volunteers to operate the defibrillator. 

Various possible fundraising events were put to the meeting, including a concert, barbecue, sponsored walk, pub quiz, each of which is being followed up by members of the group. 

The Group said it wished to thank the members of Faugheen ICA, Cllr Kieran Bourke and particularly Derry O’Brien of Quality Recycling for their help and support for the project.