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Clane Branch


 

Clane Red Cross 1974-2010

 
 

Present Day

The Branch currently has 40 members, including 1 EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and 6 EMFR (Emergency Medical First Responders). It is very active, particularly in the provision of First Aid Classes to the public. The Branch has 7 Occupational First Aid Instructors and all Branch members are encouraged to participate and assist in classes.

Currently we are running a training programme within the Branch offering all members the opportunity to train from basic to EFR (Emergency First Responder) level.

The branch has just set up a cadet unit offering young people aged 10-16 years the opportunity to learn first aid and get involved. Click to view details about the Cadets

History

Clane Red Cross was founded by Christopher Heaney on the 14th April 1974. Two of the founder members of the Branch are still the driving force of the branch's activities today; EMFRs and Instructors, Mary Halligan and Mary Hayden.

Sisters Louise Eustace and Joan Bland of the Presentation Sisters Convent, Clane proved invaluable in the early years of the branch as they opened the Convent in Clane to the Branch for classes, meetings and even their sewing room to make our uniform skirts. Joe and Mona Noonan trained Branch members for many competitions, including the winning teams for the Donnelly Mirror Shield in 1977, the Dr. Cullen Cup and the All-Ireland Novice President's Trophy in 1979. Members who were invaluable in setting up and promoting the branch include Mr. Heaney; Mr & Mrs. Noonan, Mrs. Marie Ryan & Mr. Michael Fox, all now sadly deceased.

Duties

We have taken part in many duties over the past 30+ years. Among the most significant are the Pope's visit to Ireland in 1979 and the Special Olympics in 2003. Other duties range from Equestrian Grand Prix show-jumping events & Cross-Country Eventing, GAA, Rugby, Cycle Rallies, Sponsored Walks, and Community events with the local Senior Citizens Club to The Evergreens, and an annual event with Chernobyl Ireland.

Good Deeds

Since 1996 the Branch has endeavoured to complete at least one major "Good Deed" each year. In 1996 this was the Bosnian Appeal where a huge amount of clothes, food and toiletries were collected to go to Bosnia as part of a National Appeal.

In 1998 it was the Teddies for Tragedy Appeal, where Teddies were knitted and sent to war-torn regions where they would give comfort to children receiving medical treatment. In 1999 we collected books and school supplies to send to Chernobyl with children who visited Ireland from that region.

For the Millennium, our project was an environmental one in collaboration with the local Scouts and Tir na Mona, where we sowed 1 mile of daffodils along a local scenic walk, the Lime Avenue in Donadea Forest.

Our Good Deed in 2005/2006 was our local collections on behalf of the Tsunami Relief Fund.

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