Monday 17 December 2018

Old disused phone boxes are getting a new lifeline in Ireland

Photo: BBC News
Photo: BBC News

Anna Nolan

I was visiting Rutland in England over the weekend and saw something very clever.

I came across an old red phone box in a tiny village. We know that phone boxes are probably never used these days, and I was intrigued to see what was inside. No longer was there a working handset - instead, the phone box was fitted with a defibrillator.

I was told people in the village had the code for the box, so not just anyone could take out the life- saving machine.

I see now that they have started appearing in phone boxes in Ireland - in Killarney, for example. I think it's a brilliant idea.

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