Friday 23 March 2018

Online appeal gets two defibrillators for Swords

Nicola Donnelly

THE town of Swords has two new life-saving defibrillators which are readily available and located in premises on the Main Street which allow 24 hour access.

The defibrillators have been given to the town following an appeal made by a local man, who only recently saved the life of his uncle.

Darragh Lawlor, who works as security at The Pavilions Shopping Centre, realised that there had been no defibrillator located in any premises on Main Street which can be accessed 24/7.

'There are defibrillators in the Credit Union and in the Citizens Information Centre but I only discovered this recently. But these premises close in the evenings,' Darragh told the Fingal Independent.

One of the defibrillators has been generously donated to the town by Ian Hunter on behalf of The Pavilions Shopping Centre while the second defibrillator has been donated by The Old School House in conjunction with Mid-Knight Electrical.

Robbie Knight of Mid-Knight Electrical has also offered to provide funding for maintaining both defibrillators.

DX2 Training Solutions at Airside has offered to provide Darragh with 20 free training places for people to be trained up in using a defibrillator. The PHECC approved course will certify each participant as a Cardiac First Responder.

'The first training course which takes place on August 17th is full already due to the great response we have had and the second course on September 13th is nearly full,' said Darragh, who added that he is extremely grateful for DX2 Training Solutions backing and their training offer.

One of the defibrillators is to be installed in Cab 2000 on Main Street which is open 24/7 while the location for the second defibrillator has not yet been confirmed.

Darragh (24) is also organising for each premises on Main Street to be provided with a sticker to place in their window to give the information where the defibrillators are located in case they are required during an emergency.

'The all important thing now is to build awareness to let people know where the defibrillators are located,' said Darragh.

Only two months ago, Darragh was placed in a situation where he had to give CPR to a man who had collapsed in Ladbrokes Bookmakers in the town.

'I ran down to the bookies with the defibrillator which is in the shopping centre after Ger Clarke, Assistant manager at The Pavilions, made a call on his radio to say a man was having a heart attack and to get the defibrillator quick,' said Darragh.

Darragh, who volunteers for St John's Ambulance and had only recently trained in CPR was able to help save the life of his uncle that day.

'After that day, I wanted to do something to help get a defibrillator for the Main Street so that if someone else is in a situation where someone is having a heart attack, they can help save their life,' he said.

He started a campaign on Facebook setting up the 'Get a Defibrillator for Swords Main Street' page and has since been inundated with requests to help him out.

'I've also people contacting me asking for advise and information as to how they can get defibrillators for their towns in the rest of Fingal,' he said.

'So now I am not stopping at helping Swords get defibrillators but I want other towns in the area to have them as well,' he added.

Darragh is now offering his advice to help other people get their defibrillator campaigns started and people wishing to get Darragh's help can contact him at or on Facebook at Get a defibrillator for Swords Main Street page.

Fingal Independent