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Wednesday 22 May 2019

Red Cross award for Pat

Pat Sheridan receives his award from National Director of Units Tony Lawlor and former Dublin footballer Jason Sherlock
Pat Sheridan receives his award from National Director of Units Tony Lawlor and former Dublin footballer Jason Sherlock

Margaret Roddy

Dundalk man Pat Sheridan was named as Instructor of the Year at the annual Irish Red Cross National Volunteer Awards in Croke Park recently.

It was a much deserved honour for the Mary Street North resident who has contributed greatly to the Red Cross in Dundalk and indeed the whole county.

Pat, who joined Dundalk Red Cross twenty years ago, works as a full-time paramedic with the HSE ambulance service. This means he is constantly undergoing training and can share that knowledge.

He spearheads the Red Cross training programmes which includes offering instruction in first aid and CPR training to schools, youth organisations, voluntary and community groups. He was also instrumental in donating a defibrillator to St Patrick's Soup Kitchen and in training the volunteers in how to use it.

Dundalk Red Cross has around 30 senior members as well as 50 youth members led by Carol Cumiskey.

In his role as training officer for Louth, Pat works with the Red Cross in Dundalk, Carlingford, Tullyallen and Drogheda.

He pays tribute to the 'great team' that he works with, saying that without them he wouldn't have achieved the award.

Pat and his wife Geraldine have three children and four grandchildren. His daughter Orla, granddaughter Leah and son-in-law Stephen O'Neill are all members of the Red Cross.

Speaking at the awards ceremony in Croke Park, the Acting Chairperson of the Irish Red Cross Volunteer Support and Development Working Group, Liam Maguire, highlighted the importance of the Irish Red Cross mission and its volunteers. 'The mission of the Irish Red Cross is to provide impartial humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people in society, at home and abroad. This mission is exemplified in the wonderful and important work of our volunteers who dedicate themselves to helping those in need, and the winners recognised today are clear examples of this commitment across all generations.

'Their work, and the work of all our volunteers, should be considered a leading example and today is a fantastic occasion to shed light on their work.'

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