Monday 22 July 2019

Free CPR training course at Grand Hotel

The Irish Heart Foundation has this week launched a new free community CPR training programme called Hands for Life which will see a local training session delivered at the Grand Hotel in Malahide, next month.

The programme, which is supported by Abbott and ESB Networks, was launched in Dublin by heroic nurse Aoife McGivney who recently intervened and saved the life of a bus driver who was suffering a cardiac emergency.

Hands for Life will offer free CPR training to 100,000 people in local communities throughout Ireland over the next two years.

Locals in Fingal can sign up for a training course on April 13 at the Grand Hotel in Malahide by visiting

Hands for Life training courses are free and open to all adults aged 18 and over. Communities, groups and clubs who have 30 or more people interested in a free Hands for Life training course can contact the Irish Heart Foundation directly on 01 668 5001 or to arrange a training course in their locality.

The training course takes just under one hour to complete and attendees will learn how to recognise a cardiac arrest, how to perform compressions, including hands-on practice on a CPR training mannequin and how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).

You will also learn how to respond to a choking emergency and how to recognise a stroke.

Speaking at the launch, Aoife McGivney said: 'The day started out like any other for me, getting on the bus to work in the morning. But before long, I found myself on the footpath on O'Connell Street performing CPR on the bus driver.

'Thankfully, he survived and nobody was hurt.

'I was lucky enough to know what to do in the situation and my training kicked in instinctively.

'I know first-hand how important it is to know CPR and that it can be the difference between life and death. I hope that others will be inspired by my story to learn CPR through the Irish Heart Foundation's Hands for Life free community CPR training courses, supported by Abbott and ESB Networks.'

Fingal Independent