A NEW life-saving heart defibrillator has been unveiled in Ballintemple as a result of local fundraising and activism within the community. Ballintemple Heart, with the help of the GAA and CAB Motors, has installed a new defibrillator on the junction of Maryville and Monahan Road.
This is the third defibrillator to be installed in the area, Pat Meade of Ballintemple Heart said. Ballintemple Heart was formed two years after Mr Meade attended a first-aid course and learnt about the importance of the machines. The group has since funded and installed these machines in the area through a mixture of fundraising and sponsorship. He said, “I hope they are never used in the area but I find them to be a necessity. It’s an ongoing project but once we have four or five installed, that will be enough for everyone. “I hope nobody has to use them but if they are needed they are there.”
A number of other groups have also fundraised to install defibrillators throughout the wider city area, with MacCurtain St, Oliver Plunkett St, Togher and Blackrockjust some of the areas to add the life-saving equipment in recent months.
Pictured: Pat Harte GM CAB Motors; Pat Meade, Ballintemple Heart and Donal McCarthy, Financial Controller CAB, at the unveiling of a heart defibrillator on the junction of Maryville and Monahan Road near CAB Motors, who helped towards the costs of the defibrillator.