Defibrillator presented to Our Lady's Meadow NS in Durrow, Laois

Lynda Kiernan

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Defibrillator presented to Our Lady's Meadow NS in Durrow, Laois

Canon O'Doherty, Helen Coe Principal, Joan Murphy, Helen Mooney school secretary, and Seosamh Murphy at the presentation of the defibrillator.

Our Lady's Meadow NS in Durrow is the proud owner of a new defibrillator, thanks to local business the Castle Arms Hotel.

Joan and Seosamh Murphy proprietors presented the school with their new AED, for use in cardiac emergencies.

Principal Helen Coe thanked Joan who fundraised the cost of €1,500 and also bought the machine for the 194 pupil school, including child sized contact pads.

“It was pain free for us because Joan did all the work. We are very grateful, we feel safer having it here. Hopefully we will never have to use it, but if it only saves one life it is worth it,” Ms Coe said.

School staff are to receive training to use the AED, from the First Responders group in Urlingford.

In conjunction with the new equipment, two parents have also offered to teach CPR techniques to the senior boys and girls in the school.

"We are all very grateful to them and to Joan and Seosamh," Ms Coe said.

Below: a senior class beside their new defibrillator.