The Irish Red Cross in Portlaw had plenty celebrate this month with the opening of their new ambulance base by Irish Red Cross chair Pat Carey and Minister of State Paudie Coffey.
The base at the former fire station in the village will houses two ambulances supported by a membership of 75 people including CFRs, EMTs and qualified instructors.
A 24-hour-a-day, on-call service Community First Responder service will operate out of the facility.
Portlaw Men's Shed were heavily involved in renovating the building carrying out expert work painting, fixing and concreting the premises.
At the event local priest Father O’Halloran blessed the vehicles and Minister Coffey who actively supported the establishment of the base spoke of the community spirit and cooperation involved.
Attendees included: Chairman of the Comeragh Area, local authority Cllr Liam Brazil, Cllrs Mary Butler, John O’Leary and Declan Clune, Irish Red Cross Regional Director of Ted Noonan, HSE representatives and an estimated 130 local residents and other invited guests.
Chair of the Irish Red Cross Portlaw Branch, Bernie O’Sullivan, opened the event thanking all involved.
The Irish Red Cross Area Director of Units, Brendan Farrell, was singled out for particular praise for providing a home for the Portlaw ambulances before the new base was complete.