There are no defibrillators on Croagh Patrick at present. The machines can deliver a dose of electric current to the heart as a treatment for a person suffering a life-threatening cardiac incident.
The lack of any defibrillators on Mayo’s Holy Mountain was identified by a Hollymount man who was climbing the reek with his family while on holidays in Westport last week.
Darren Forde is a Community First Responder in the Hollymount area, and even on holiday he was on duty. Noticing the lack of the life saving machines, he immediately, began thinking about how they could be installed on the mountain. There is no electricity supply on the Reek, and the defibrillators need charging, and they cost money to purchase, in the first instance.
As an engineer by profession, and a local community first responder, Darren began thinking about how the obstacles could be overcome.
He has secured the 8,000 funding to purchase the two new machines in just seven days, with four significant donations from businesses. He has also designed the solar powered boxes in which the defibrillators can be stored on the mountain and a Westport Engineering company has begun manufacturing both.
A defibrillator will be installed on the shoulder, just before the cone of Croagh Patrick by the end of this month, and a second machine will be in place at the Church on the summit just in time for this year’s Reek Sunday.
James Murray, CEO of Murray Ambulances, based in Castlebar is one of the donors to the cause, and James and Darren having been telling Midwest News more about the project.
Darren began by explaining how he noticed the lack of the machines on the mountain last week...
James explained why defibrillators on Croagh Patrick are so valuable..