Life-saving defib in church grounds

    Leahy family Geraldine, Tom, Jimmy and Mary

    Pics: Martin Doheny

    A DEFIB project born in Newpark Family Resource Centre took its first steps on Sunday when a life-saving machine was unveiled on the wall of the parish hall in the grounds of St John’s Parish Church.

    Tom Leahy unveils Defibrillator with Fr Frank Purcell

    The defibrillator is one of five to be erected around the parish. Others will be located on the Castlecomer Road, Dublin Road and New Orchard Road, with the location for a fifth yet to be decided.

    The unveiling was by Tom Leahy, Newpark, brother of the late Billy Leahy, a loyal son of the parish, to whom the project is dedicated.

    Speakers at a short ceremony following last Mass were Sheila Donnelly of the family resource centre, Fr Frank Purcell PP and chief organiser Frank Cody.

    Focus now turns to training parishioners to use the machine. Those willing to volunteer should give their names to Áine in the parish hall.