A DEFIBRILLATOR has been installed outside the community centre in New Oak by the local residents’ committee.
Sharon Parker Byrne, manager of the community centre, said the life-saving machine came about through the co-operation of several people and it was decided to install the defibrillator outside the building so it would be more accessible to Carlow Town’s first responder team, as well as the six trained volunteers from New Oak.
Carlow County Council and residents got behind the project and a collection was started. Terry and Gale Byrne from the nearby Gala shop on the Burrin Road also helped out by having a collection bucket in their shop. Gemma Ray, a member of the New Oak Community Centre committee, also organised a karaoke night in the Workman’s Club, with DJ David Whelan providing the soundtrack and David Lawlor taking photos.
The machine, plus insurance and other ancillary pieces cost about €3,000.