Rathangan now has mobile defibrillator

Rathangan. Photo: Dessie Boland.
Rathangan’s first responders are well equipped to deal with medical emergencies with the defibrillator on hand at the day care centre, as well as a portable machine.

Rathangan’s first responders are well equipped to deal with medical emergencies with the defibrillator on hand at the day care centre, as well as a portable machine.

Speaking in the aftermath of the recent CORE AGM - an umbrella group for the town’s organisations - outgoing chairman, Martin Shiel praised the work of the team.

He also complemented Rathangan Community Alert (RCAB) on its text alert system. RCAB’S AGM takes place this Wednesday night October 16.

Martin explained that Paddy O’Loughlin, Chairman of Rathangan Community Association, told the meeting the community centre refurbishment was very close to commencing, the grant had been approved and a builder appointed.

“There still is quite a bit of local fund raising required to get the project to completion,” he said.

Martin said it must be the biggest priority now in Rathangan to get the centre completed for the whole community.

He thanked the subcommittees of CORE, his colleagues Sean Murray and Aongus O’Dowd and he welcomed new committee members including Fiona O’Loughlin and Debbie O’Rourke

Martin also mentioned he is involved in running a 10-week Mindfulness and Meditation programme, on Mondays from 8pm to 9.30. “This can also act as a support to the community response meetings and the Community Circle idea that has been facilitating several projects throughout this year,” he added.

“If people wish to attend the Mindfulness evenings, it will continue again after Christmas. Anyone interested in coming along can call 087-2589616 and will be most welcome to attend.”.

The CORE Group and community circle group are holding a table quiz fundraiser on October 18 in the Burrow at 9pm. This will help retain the recently commenced community counselling in Rathangan.