Mayo entrepreneur Darren Forde won a €15,000 bursary on the Late Late Show last night.

The Hollymount-based businessman, founder of Eco-Powered Cabins Limited, was selected for the SuperValu-sponsored award following his presentation on the show.

The South Mayo man made headlines last June, when two of his company's solar-powered defibrillators were installed on Croagh Patrick for pilgrims and other climbers suffering heart attacks.

There have been three cardiac events on the Reek over the past three years, with two people passing away as a result.

It was during a climb of Croagh Patrick with his family earlier in the year that Darren noted the lack of lack of life-saving defibrillators at higher altitude.

Now his solar-powered units, put in place with the generous support of local sponsors, can deliver an electric current to the heart for those who may suffer a heart attack.

Solar-powered packs remain fully charged despite the lack of electricity on the mountain.

One of the defibrillators is located on the shoulder, just before the cone of Croagh Patrick, and the other is in place at the chapel on the summit.


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