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Ciaran Carr's Foundation to hold courses

SEVENTY Dublin referees are showing the best example of all.

They have signed up to do AED and CPR training courses. The courses have been organised by the Ciaran Carr Foundation.

Philip Carr is delighted with the numbers. "It's so encouraging to see so many Dublin referees sign up.

"They are doing something that is very beneficial."

The first course date is for the Southside refs. It takes place next Saturday at Heart Safety Solutions at the Kilcarbery Business Park on the Nangor Road in Clondalkin.

The second day on Saturday May 16th is for the Northside referees in Parnell Park.

10.am is the starting time on both days, and it will be over by lunch-time.

"Both days are nearly full. We have a few places left. But if needs be, we'll put on a third day," explains Philip.

Any referee who would like to do the course can ring Philip on 087-6210484.

"I have to thank John Costello and all in the Dublin County Board. And also Aidan Shiells and all in the Dublin Referee's Board. They have been very helpful," adds Philip.

The Ciaran Carr Foundation was set up in memory of Philip's son, Ciaran, the talented Round Towers, Clondalkin and Dublin footballer.

Two months short of his 21st birthday, Ciaran died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. The Foundation was launched in 2013 at Croke Park, with Dublin manager and Towers clubman, Jim Gavin.

The Foundation strives to encourage screening programmes and stresses the importance of defibrillators.

They want to see mentors and players trained in the use of CPR and how to use a defibrillator.

They want to see trained club personnel in place at pitch-side for games at all levels.

Ciaran's Foundation stages fund-raising events. 350 people took part in a Fun Run in Corkagh Park. Ciaran's mother, Gemma, was at the finishing line to thank everybody.

The Foundation donated defibrillators to 29 schools in Clondalkin. It's a charity committed to preventing sudden cardiac death.

Having the Dublin referees trained in AED and CPR is another noble initiative. And Philip, a top ref himself, applauds their response.