The Board and Secretary General wish to express sincere thanks to the almost 250 Irish Red Cross volunteers and their officers who took part in last weekend’s Papal visit including the Cavalcade in Dublin City Centre on Saturday, the visit to Knock Basilica and the large Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park.
Anthony Lawlor, Irish Red Cross National Director of Units said; “I was present at the Phoenix Park at the Papal Mass event cover and saw firsthand the commitment, energy and dedication of our Red Cross uniformed volunteers.”
Working in partnership with the HSE and our three sister voluntary service organisations, the event cover ran smoothly. The HSE confirmed that 250 people needed assistance during the Papal Mass. 60 people were assessed at the field hospital located in the Phoenix Park, of which 20 were transported by ambulance to various hospitals in Dublin.
Our crews assisted 25 people in the yellows and purple zones and just one patient was transported by a Red Cross ambulance to the field hospital for medical assessment. At the Phoenix Park, Irish Red Cross crews were located at routes going into the park, Maynooth, Castleknock, Auburn Avenue, Fairyhouse, Laurel Lodge and Ashtown. Medical doctors were transported by Irish Red Cross minibuses from Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown to the field hospital situated at the former nursing home in St Mary’s Hospital Phoenix Park. We manned three large first aid posts within the Mass site and provided crews for the yellow and purple zones in the Phoenix Park.
Irish Red Cross radio controllers manned the joint inter-agency event control room at St Mary’s Hospital as well as having a liaison officer present at the National Ambulance Service National Emergency Operations Centre in Tallaght.
Volunteers from different areas covered events in the Phoenix Park or Knock namely: Cavan, Clare, Connemara, Cork, Donegal, Dublin Boro, Dublin Fingal, Dunlaoighaire Rathdown, Kerry, Kildare, Laois, Limerick, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, South County Dublin, Tipperary and Wicklow.
Anthony Lawlor, Irish Red Cross National Director of Units said; “In respect of the Dublin event special thanks must go to the main planners and leaders of the cover, Geraldine Lawless, RDU DNE, and Paul Conway, DADU, DB supported by Greg Lyons, ADU Dublin Boro and Omra Leahy ADU Laois.
Thanks too to Willie Carroll, RDU West and Rose Ward, ADU Mayo for their stewardship of the Knock event cover" “Thanks to all our officers and volunteers for such commitment, early and late hours and dedication to the care of the wider public"