Wear Red Day – Operation Resuscitation Killarney

As part of our YSI involvement this year we have been making big plans. This year we are a recognise COSI (Community of Social Innovation). Our main focus at the beginning of the year was CPR. The reason for this is that a member of last year’s Transition Years, Tom Geaney, suffered a cardiac arrest while volunteering in Killarney Celtic last Christmas. Tom was fortunate that there was a quick thinking and acting coach Eugene Cosgrave on site. Also present were 2 TY class mates who had just recently completed First Aid training. These 3 people were crucial in Tom’s recovery – each performing CPR and using the Defibrillator. We can scarcely bring ourselves to think about what might have been different if these people did not have their wits about them and were not there for Tom. Tom’s story made us think seriously about CPR. As the motto of Operation Resuscitation Killarney goes- “Its Shockingly Simple!”. We think every student in Ireland should be trained in CPR before they leave school. We feel so strongly about this that we have written to the Minister for Education, Jan O’ Sullivan, to outline our concerns and suggest ways in which it could be possible to ensure all secondary school students receive basic CPR training.

Students who organised the Wear Read Day Cian casey, Denis O'Connor, Sean O'Leary, Sean Doherty, Lorcán MacMonagle, Cian Gammell with teacher Annette O'Neill   participating in the Wear Red in aid of Operation Resuscitation at St Brendan's College, Killarney on Friday. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Students who organised the Wear Read Day Cian casey, Denis O’Connor, Sean O’Leary, Sean Doherty, Lorcán MacMonagle, Cian Gammell with teacher Annette O’Neill participating in the Wear Red in aid of Operation Resuscitation at St Brendan’s College, Killarney on Friday.
Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Students Evan Adetunji, Jake Doona, Mark Cooper, Adam Walsh, Filip Korzec, Krystian Wielgus, Dylan Doona, Paul O'Shea and Darragh O'Leary with teacher Mike Leahy and Mary Devane participating in the Wear Red in aid of Operation Resuscitation at St Brendan's College, Killarney on Friday. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Students Evan Adetunji, Jake Doona, Mark Cooper, Adam Walsh, Filip Korzec, Krystian Wielgus, Dylan Doona, Paul O’Shea and Darragh O’Leary with teacher Mike Leahy and Mary Devane participating in the Wear Red in aid of Operation Resuscitation at St Brendan’s College, Killarney on Friday.
Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Students Eoghan Myers, Peter O'Sullivan, Adam Kelly and David Moriarty with tecxaher participating in the Wear Red in aid of Operation Resuscitation at St Brendan's College, Killarney on Friday. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Students Eoghan Myers, Peter O’Sullivan, Adam Kelly and David Moriarty with tecxaher participating in the Wear Red in aid of Operation Resuscitation at St Brendan’s College, Killarney on Friday.
Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Students Jordan O'Sullivan, Ben Lyne, Ian Prendergast, Diarmuid Cahill with Principal Sean Coffey and teacher Joanna Ryan participating in the Wear Red in aid of Operation Resuscitation at St Brendan's College, Killarney on Friday. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Students Jordan O’Sullivan, Ben Lyne, Ian Prendergast, Diarmuid Cahill with Principal Sean Coffey and teacher Joanna Ryan participating in the Wear Red in aid of Operation Resuscitation at St Brendan’s College, Killarney on Friday.
Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Jim O'Brien and Sean Coffey participating in the Wear Red in aid of Operation Resuscitation at St Brendan's College, Killarney on Friday. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Jim O’Brien and Sean Coffey participating in the Wear Red in aid of Operation Resuscitation at St Brendan’s College, Killarney on Friday.
Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

In the course of our work we got in contact with Dr. John Geaney, Tom’s father. He informed us that Operation Resuscitation Killarney was being set up and we offered to help in any way we could as our aims were so similar. The more people trained in CPR the better. The statistics are there to be seen. We have had various meetings with Dr. Fiona Gallagher, Dr. Johnson and Marie Wade and have made plans to help out and fundraise for them as much as we can. We have already been involved in the training days run in the Racecourse this December and intend to help out for the upcoming training days in January.

We also held a “Wear Red Day” on Friday, December 11th to highlight Operation Resuscitation Killarney and raise some much needed funds for them. So far we have raised nearly €900 with more to be added to that this week.

We urge everyone to get involved. Get trained. Get fundraising. Get the word out there. It’s Shockingly Simple! More info on orkillarney.com/

Niall McCarthy, Darren Mulcahy, Sean Doherty, Jack Knoblauch, Sean O’ Sullivan, Sean O’ Leary, Lorcan McMonagle, Cian Gammell, Cian Casey and Denis O Connor.

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