The community-funded Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) air ambulance service based in Rathcoole is at risk of being grounded within a week due to a funding shortfall. – “We’ve done approaching 250 missions for the National Ambulance Service. We’ve been busier than we initially anticipated,” pilot John Murray told C103’s Cork Today.
The air ambulance has flown 17 missions more each month than anticipated since its launch five months ago. “We might not save lives every day but we do several times a week,” Mr Murray said.
Listen below to Jerry O’Sullivan of Radio Kerry bringing you an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on at the base of Ireland’s first charity air ambulance, the Irish Community Rapid Response service. Jerry visited the base in Rathcoole, Millstreet, where spoke to Ruth Bruton and John Murray where he learned that they actually have two helicopters in Rathcoole, and about the technical goings on behind the scene, and how they are funded:
The presentation of a very impressive €2,092.65 cheque – the fruitful result of the annual Donal Guiney Memorial Table Quiz which took place in McCarthy’s Bar on 4th Oct. 2019 – happened at Rathcoole Airfield on Sat. 30th Nov. 2019 in the presence of the organising Committee which includes John O’Leary and Deputy Michael Moynihan, T.D. from the Millstreet Fianna Fáil Cumann and personnel from Air Ambulance. Here we share two images from the Sat. event and a further image from the Quiz night. Tap on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Presentation to Air Ambulance Following Annual Donal Guiney Memorial Quiz”
Following the recent Truck Run for the ICRR Air Ambulance Helicopter a staggering Sum of €15,312.57 was presented to ICRR last Monday over at their base in Rathcoole. Daniel Lucey of Millstreet Vintage Club who spearheaded the organising team for the Run was delighted with the outcome. He thanked all the people who helped make this happen and would like to thank Everyone for their support and generosity. Without the help of all the following the Event would not have been the success that it was namely the O’Keeffe Family (Gordon and Breeda) for the use of the Premises at K and L, the Buckley Family (Danny and Eileen) of Cloverhill Foods, Millstreet Town Park Committee for the use of the Park for the launch of the Run, an Garda Síochána in Millstreet and Kanturk for their support and help, the Bike Marshals for keeping the Run running so smoothly on the day, the Media and Photographers for their coverage, Joanne in McCarthy’s for organising a Table Quiz, a special thanks to all the people who donated Spot Prizes, to the hauliers and drivers who supported the event, and last but not least to all the hardworking team at Millstreet Vintage Club, friends and non-members for all theirhelp.
With national media present at Rathcoole Airfield on Monday morning, 2nd Sept. 2019 – Coordinator supreme, John Kearney and his superb Team witnessed their dream become reality when Tánaiste Simon Coveney officially cut the tape to launch the start of the all-important Air Ambulance Service. Here we share the first four of many more images recalling the historic event. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
A ceremony took place in Rathcoole Aerodrome this morning where Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, officially launched the country’s first charity air ambulance service. Led by the Irish Community Rapid Response charity, it has already been tasked more than 50 times, since it went operational a month ago. The new service will significantly improve response times for medical emergencies. From Rathcoole, it has a response time for most of Munster of under 30 minutes.
Last Sunday July 28th was a day that wont be forgotten too quickly in both the Millstreet and General Duhallow Area and the Reason for this was the holding of the Millstreet Vintage Club Charity Truck Run which was in aid of the ICRR Air Ambulance Service,almost 140 Truckers hit the Road to take part in the Event which saw Trucks come from both near and far with Entries coming from as far away as Tipperary and other parts of Munster and very highly supported by Local Hauliers as well,the Event was based out of the Fantastic K and L Transport Depot in Millstreet and just after 12 Noon the colourful array of Vehicles left K and L with the Vintage Vehicles leading the Group to take on a journey which saw the Run make its way on to Rathmore,Knocknagree,Ballydesmond,Newmarket,Kanturk,Biddys Green,Sandpit House,Rathcoole,past the Air Ambulance Service Base and back into the Finish at K and L,lots of people were out to support the Run and they were not to be disappointed as it was a sight to behold as it made it’s way along the Duhallow Roads,as the Run approached the finish in Millstreet it was accompanied by the Aer Ambulance Helicopter overhead which since today Tuesday July 30th has now gone live and into Full Service. Before the Run got underway John Kearney of the ICRR Air Ambulance Group gave an insight into what this Service will mean to both Truck Drivers and the General Public alike outlining the benefits of such a vital Service and he also paid tribute to Millstreet Vintage Club for making the Event happen and was overwhelmed by the amount of support that was evident on the day. Event Organiser Daniel Lucey was absolutely delighted with the turnout,Daniel and all the Team at Millstreet Vintage Club paid tribute to all the Hauliers who took time out from there weekend off to support the Run and to the General Public who attended and who very generously supported the Event,Daniel would like to thank each and everyone of you all for your contribution in making the Event such a success, Daniel Lucey would also like to thank all the Hardworking Team of Club Members and Friends of the Club who helped out on both the lead up and on the day of the Run itself,without this help the Event would not be able to go ahead,also sincere thanks to the O’Keeffe Family for the use of such a fantastic Facility in K and L and to the Buckley Family for the use of the Clover Hill Facility,also many thanks to the Marshals,Bike Marshals and An Garda Siochana for doing a great job out on the Route to keep the Event running so smoothly and safely,to the people who looked after all the Sign On,Documentaton,Selling of Tickets etc we thank you all for your help,to the Catering Team who kept everyone well looked after with Tea/Coffee Scones etc,to Tony O’Brien for looking after the BBQ,to Willie Fitzgerald and his Country Roadshow for keeping us Entertained for the Day,to all the Media/Photographers/Video people who covered the Event on both the lead up and on the Day itself we thank you very much for the support,thanks also to our Peace Commissioner Catherine Pomeroy for overseeing the Raffle and to Dromtarriffe Hall Committee for the use of there Tables and Chairs,and finally to all the people that donated spot prizes and items for the goodie bags thanks so much for your Generosity it’s very much appreciated. We will let people know soon what the final figure collected once all donations have been collected and Millstreet Vintage Club are delighted to be part of a process in supporting such a Worthy Cause in the ICRR Air Ambulance Service.
If you would like to make a Contribution you can still donate to the ICRR Air Ambulance with the following BIC and IBAN details IBAN:IE24MATN99221206094207 BIC:MATNIE21XXX
Finally it looks like the Air Ambulance based in Rathcoole is to get the go-ahead:
“Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, announced today (Friday) that a new aeromedical service in the South will be launched in the coming weeks following the signing of a Service Level Agreement between the HSE and Irish Community Rapid Response. Welcoming the news, Minister Harris said “I am delighted that a new aeromedical service in the South will commence shortly. I would like to thank the HSE National Ambulance Service and Irish Community Rapid Response for its commitment in developing this Service Level Agreement and ensuring the necessary clinical and corporate governance arrangements are such that the new service will be safe, robust and sustainable. The service will see the establishment of a charitably funded Helicopter Emergency Medical Service in the South, which will operate from Rathcoole Aerodrome, just northeast of Millstreet, County Cork. The service will complement the existing aeromedical services and improve aeromedical access to the South of Ireland …”
Millstreet Vintage Club would like to thank everybody for there support at the Launch of the Truck Run in the Town Park in Millstreet yesterday and also for the generosity shown by the General Public toIRand there Team who gave a fabulous insight into what they do and to the benefits of having an Air Ambulance Service in the locality and also beyond,John Kearney who is heading up the Air Ambulance project gave invaluable information to all the People who attended at the Event and hopefully this will give an even better picture of what potential this Service will have when up and Running.
Truck Run Clerk of the Course Daniel Lucey of Millstreet Vintage Club would like to thank all Club Members and Friends who helped out on both the lead up to yesterdays Launch and on the day itself and all at very short notice and without everyones help the Event would not have been the success that it was and reminds us that The Truck Run for Irish Community Rapid Response will take place on Sunday July 28th and will be based out of the K and L Transport Complex in Millstreet.
Photos Courtesy of Daniel Lane and ICRR Group. [f]
If you wish to do so you can now Donate to the ICRR Air Ambulance with the Instructions stated below.
On Sunday, 2nd June 2019 a royal welcome was accorded to the magnificent Air Ambulance Helicopter with its Pilot John Murray and Project Coordinator John Kearney at Millstreet Town Park. The magnificent event was superbly organised by Millstreet Vintage Club who also invited many Truck Owners to park nearby – all arranged to officially launch the fundraising (for the Air Ambulance) Truck Run which takes place from the K&L Complex on Sun. 28th July 2019. Here we share just five of many more images (to follow later) from Sunday’s most successful event. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) [f] [read more …] “Royal Welcome for Air Ambulance Helicopter in Millstreet”
The Launch of The Millstreet Vintage Club Truck Run which is supporting the Irish Community Rapid Response on the provision of an Air Ambulance from Rathcoole will take place on tommorrow Sunday June 2nd in Millstreet Town Park,the Truck Run itself will take place on Sunday July 28th.
Those interested in the Air Ambulance and its Service can get a view of the AW109 helicopter in Millstreet Town Park on Sunday at 4pm.
Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) founder John Kearney has been striving for a decade to launch a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in Ireland.
When in operation, the helicopter will be within 20 minutes’ flying distance of a large swathe of the south of the country, from Kerry to Wexford, covering much of the area.
The air ambulance is expected to respond to up to 500 calls per year, and bring most of the population of a 15,000-square-kilometre area within 20 minutes of critical medical care over seven days a week.
It will be critical in getting emergency cases from inaccessible locations to hospitals. So why not come along to Millstreet Town Park on Sunday June 2nd at 4pm to see at first hand what this unique Service is all about,Everybody is very welcome to attend.
If you wish to do so you can now Donate to the ICRR Air Ambulance with the Instructions stated below.
Following the annual Christmas Morning Mushera Climb 2018 the proceeds amounted to the wonderfully impressive amount of €2,000.00. A cheque for this uplifting amount was presented on Thursday night (7th Feb. 2019) in Aubane Community Centre to Shirley O’Regan of Youghal – the Irish Community Rapid Response by Land & Air Representative – in aid of the new Air Ambulance which will be based in Rathcoole. MC, John F. Kelleher, expressed thanks to the many dedicated people who helped to make this very praiseworthy project such a great success again this year. Shirley outlined the importance of such fundraising for the all-important developing Air Ambulance Service and provided an update on the progress of the overall project…with special reference to Rathcoole. A brief interview with Shirley may be heard on Cork Music Station this Tuesday, 12th Feb. at 10pm in the “Radio Treasures” programme. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
The Proceeds of the Annual Christmas Morning Climb will be presented to Representatives of the Irish Air Ambulance Group on Tonight Thursday Night Feb 7th at 8.00 pm sharp in Aubane Community Centre. To all those who climbed on Christmas Morning we would love to see you there and Everybody Welcome to come along on the Night.
RTÉ news yesterday featured the new Community Air Ambulance which touched down in Kerry Airport, but it never said that it will be based out Rathcoole Airfield.
“We had initially looked at Cork Airport but felt that north Cork would be a better location as it would give us more land coverage. The weather also tends to be a lot better in north Cork than at the airport as it is farther away from the sea, a consideration we felt was vitally important in maintaining a 24/7, around-the-clock service. There was also the issue of securing suitable hangar space at Cork Airport. For many different considerations, Rathcoole is the perfect location for the service, which we hope to have operational within the next six weeks This will be a real asset for the north Cork region,”