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Friday 18 August 2017

Life saving defibrillator installed in town centre

The new defibrillator in South Street, sponsored by the 'Split the Pot' weekly draw by New Ross Rugby Club, New Ross Swimming Club, St. Joseph's Athletic Club and New Ross Boat Club
The new defibrillator in South Street, sponsored by the 'Split the Pot' weekly draw by New Ross Rugby Club, New Ross Swimming Club, St. Joseph's Athletic Club and New Ross Boat Club

David Looby

A life saving defibrillator has been installed in New Ross town centre from money raised through the Split the Pot fundraiser and the generosity of four local sports clubs.

Members of New Ross Rugby Club, New Ross Boat Club, New Ross Swimming Club and St Joseph's Athletic Club unveiled the heart stabilising defibrillator which is located on South Street where Goggin's shop was previously located and where Lulu boutique now stands.

The committee behind the scheme acknowledged the support of Peter and Lucy Goggin in facilitating the erection of the defibrillator outside their premises.

The money for the emergency equipment was raised through a Split the Pot initiative organised between the four clubs. There are 20 boxes located around the town in shops and pubs and the group is grateful to the businesss owners for allowing them to be placed in their premises.

Through the scheme - which is run by the Split the Pot and New Ross Community & Sports Group - one winner gets half the total pot each week, with the other half shared equally between the four clubs and a community project.

The committee thanked New Ross Municipal District council and its manager Sinead Casey for supporting the initiative, while also acknowledging the support of O'Neill's shop on Wexford Street, for their ongoing support of the scheme.

'It's a unique arrangement whereby the four New Ross clubs are working in harmony to raise funds, while helping the community at the same time,' a committee spokesperson said.

'We are delighted to present the town with this defibrillator.'

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