First Aid Stories Archive

Off Duty Volunteer Saves Man Suffering Cardiac Arrest

cormac mcginn

My name is Cormac and as well as being a student at Dublin City University and working part time on a restaurant, I am a volunteer with the Irish Red Cross in Carlingford-Omeath. As a volunteer I have trained in first aid, learning multiple ways to treat injuries and save lives. You never know when […]

“I’ll take care of it Dad. We are trained”

6 year old Elijah knew what to do when his sister suffered a heavy nosebleed.

6 year old Elijah knew what to do when his sister suffered a heavy nosebleed.

Proud Dad Tom shares his story of when his 6 year old son stepped in to treat his little sister’s nose bleed.

Dalkey’s Life Saving Community

Andrew Patton, a 23 year old Irish Red Cross volunteer and medical student, has spearheaded a life saving community project by setting up the Dalkey Community First Responders.

As well as setting up life-saving community groups, Andrew helps promote first aid as local Irish Red Cross mascot the First Aid Fox.

Andrew Patton, a 23 year old Irish Red Cross volunteer and medical student, has spearheaded a life saving community project by setting up the Dalkey Community First Responders. A Community First Responder is a volunteer trained in basic life support and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) who assists the ambulance service by […]

Irish Volunteers’ Duties Take Them Across the Irish Sea

Irish Red Cross volunteers, John and Ray at Ysbyty Gwynedd, bangor, North Wales

Two Clonakilty volunteers embarked on a roundtrip of more than 500 miles to help a patient. John O’Carroll and Ray Lyons drove from Clonakilty, county Cork, to Bangor, North Wales, to bring home a patient who had suffered a stroke whilst on holiday. The patient, a Welsh man in his 50’s, suffered a stroke whilst […]

Volunteering – it’s a family affair

finian

A shared interest between father and sons strengthens familial bonds whether it’s football or fishing. In the case of the Fogarty clan it’s volunteering with the Irish Red Cross. This week saw Finian, the older Fogarty, receive a medal for his astounding sixty years of voluntary service with the organisation. ‘My father was one of […]

5 on Friday – Do more than you thought possible

Meet the Irish Red Cross Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue team and read about their dramatic rescue of a woman trapped in a disused mine.

Meet the Irish Red Cross Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue team and read about their dramatic rescue of a woman trapped in a disused mine.

May 13th – 19th is National Volunteer Week 2013, to celebrate the Irish Red Cross is sharing real life experiences from volunteers around the country and encouraging more people to get involved with their local Red Cross. For more information about how you can get involved with the Irish Red Cross in your community, see www.redcross.ie/get-involved or […]

Eight Year Old Life Saver

Harry and Isabelle

Harry and Isabelle

Waterford school boy Harry is, in most respects, your average eight year old. He loves nothing more than playing football and playing with his friends. But unlike most 8 year olds, Harry is a lifesaver. In 2011, Harry’s family welcomed Isabelle, the latest edition to their family and the smallest as she was born premature. […]

Ennis Woman Saves Child from Choking On Bottle Teat

Read about how an Ennis woman saves child from choking on bottle teat...

Read about how an Ennis woman saves child from choking on bottle teat...

Ennis woman Shirley Benson has been a volunteer with the Irish Red Cross for many years.  As an experienced instructor, Shirley regularly trains members of the public in first aid.  At a day out with her family Shirley found out how much of a difference that training can make. At a local fun day, Shirley […]

Fermoy School Girl Saves Mans Life

Meet Jemma, a Fermoy schoolgirl and a life saver...

Meet Jemma, a Fermoy schoolgirl and a life saver...

Fermoy schoolgirl Jemma Dearden is, in most respects, your average sixteen year old. But unlike most sixteen year olds, Jemma is a lifesaver. In the early hours of the morning, Jemma and her mother Julie were woken by shouts for help from the street below their bedroom windows. The teenager’s first aid training from the […]

Students from Dublin Institute of Technology hit the streets to see what you think of first aid

Following last week’s Irish Red Cross press release ‘Ninety-Five Percent of People Are Too Afraid To Respond In an Emergency Situation’ a group of students from DIT decided to hit the streets of Dublin and see: what people thought of First Aid, if they’d trained and how they’d feel about helping someone who was choking. […]