ENDURANCE swimmer Nuala Moore helped bestow a potentially life-saving gift upon Dingle's Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne last Friday as she attended the presentation of two defibrillators to the school.
The 'IPADS' (Intelligent Public Access Defibrillators) cost €3,000 - €600 of which was donated to the school by Nuala, raised following her relay swim across the Bering Strait from Russia to the United States last year.
A concerted effort at the school – including the staging of a fun run last year - raised additional funds and it is now anticipated that one defibrillator will be used as as a mobile device at school sporting events, while the other will be located on the school grounds.
A contribution was also made by teacher Brenda Casey who raised funds through her participation in the Barcelona Marathon last year and Orna Ní Dhubhshláine organised a fourth year committee to oversee the collective fund-raising efforts.
"These are fantastic devices, they can literally mean the difference between life and death as sometimes there are only seconds to spare," Nuala, who is engaged in first-aid training at the Pobalscoil, told The Kerryman.
"The devices are mobile which means one can travel to matches – such as PCD's victorious Corn Uí Mhuirí Quarter Final in Baile Bhúirne last Saturday - and other sporting events while the other will be permanently situated outside the school," she added.
Nuala has also overseen the training of teachers in how to use the defibrillators and as a consequence a dedicated team of staff at Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne are now equipped with the skills needed to correctly use the devices.
"Last year I donated €600 to the cause to get the ball rolling as I felt that it was vital the school had access to this equipment and since then the remaining €3,000 has been raised and a lot of credit is also due to the students and the teachers for their efforts," said Nuala.
Fundraising efforts for defibrillators at Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne are continuing at the school and this year's fun-run is scheduled for March 12.