The Irish Heart Foundation recently presented Deansrath Community College, Clondalkin with a Special Recognition Award for training all its pupils in the lifesaving skills of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). The school is only the second in Dublin to receive the award, which recognises schools for remarkable efforts in CPR promotion and training. The award was presented as part of the Irish Heart Foundation’s CPR 4 Schools programme, which is supported by Bank of Ireland. The charity is creating a generation of life savers by training secondary school students around the country to perform CPR and use an AED in cardiac emergencies and respond when someone is choking.

Laura Hickey, Children and Young People Programme Manager at the Irish Heart Foundation, said: “Today we awarded Deansrath Community College its special recognition award in recognition of its dedication in providing lifesaving CPR training to each of its pupils and staff. Everyday 13 people in Ireland die from a cardiac arrest and schools are an ideal setting to educate young people in CPR and reduce the incidences of death from cardiac arrest. “CPR is a lifesaving skill that everyone can learn, and this programme is available to every secondary school in Ireland, equipping young people with the skills and confidence to perform CPR. Deansrath Community College has done tremendous work in creating awareness and taking the fear out of lifesaving.”

John Doyle, Physical Education Teacher, Deansrath Community College, said: “We have really enjoyed delivering the CPR 4 Schools programme here at Deansrath Community College. The programme fits in well with the school curriculum and all of us, teachers and students, are proud to now know how to perform CPR in a cardiac emergency. We hope that having trained everyone in the school in CPR, we will be able to make a difference in our local community here in Clondalkin and we’re delighted to receive this award from the Irish Heart Foundation today in recognition of our efforts.”

The next CPR 4 Schools training day for teachers in Dublin will take place on Tuesday 22nd January in the Irish Heart Foundation Head Office, Rathmines, Dublin 6. Secondary school teachers interested in attending can register by emailing schools@irishheart.ie. To find out more about CPR 4 Schools, visit the Irish Heart Foundation’s website, www.irishheart.ie/cpr4schools.

Pictured are Students with Frances McNicolas, Deputy Principal, Amy McLoughlin, Bank of Ireland, Laura Hickey, Irish Heart Foundation, Helen Taylor, Principal, Deansrath Community College and John Doyle, Physical Education Teacher receiving a Special Recognition Award from Laura Hickey, Irish Heart Foundation for training all pupils in the lifesaving skills of CPR.   Pic Credit: Conor Healy / Picture It Photography