When local councillor George Lawlor put the word out, requested a defibrillator be installed on Wexford Quay, he did so in the pages of this newspaper. And it was there that Gabrielle Willis of the Wexford Lions Club saw his plea and, ultimately, answered it. “A number of months ago I saw an article in the paper in which Cllr Lawlor called for a defibrillator to be installed on the Quay as there had been an incident where an ambulance had been delayed and when the a defibrillator was needed there wasn’t one available,” explained Gabrielle.
With the Quay growing in popularity over the past 18 months, and more people using it and its facilities, Gabrielle spoke to the chairperson of the Lions Club about purchasing a defibrillator for public use. “We thought it would be a good project for us. All our funds come from donations from the community of Wexford anyway so we wanted to provide something for the people,” said Gabrielle.
Located opposite the Centenary Stores, the defibrillator is now installed and ready to be used in case of emergency. “It’s an important piece of life-saving equipment and we were delighted to be able to do something for a community which continues to support us,” said Gabrielle.