Dublin vet funds Blackrock defibrillator in memory of brother

by Rachel Cunningham
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A Dublin vet has funded a lifesaving defibrillator for the local Blackrock community in memory of his brother. 

Eamonn Moore’s brother Garry suffered a cardiac arrest and died aged just 39 in 2003.

The 20th anniversary of his brother’s tragic death inspired the clinical director of Linnaeus-owned Blackrock Veterinary Clinic in Stillorgan Park, Blackrock, to make this lifesaving gesture for the community. 

“I thought it would be a nice thing to do in memory of my brother Garry,” said Mr Moore.

“Garry was only 39 when he died from cardiac arrest and the 20th anniversary prompted me to buy the defibrillator and install it outside our practice in Stillorgan Park. 

“I had noticed there was a distinct lack of a public defibrillators in the area, so I decided to locate it here. 

“It helps us as a practice to also give back to the local community, who have shown such great support for the clinic over the last 25 years. 

“We installed it on the outside of the building to make it easily available to the community. It is also unlocked, making it far more accessible in an emergency.” 

According to the veterinary clinic, feedback from neighbours, clients and residents in the area has been overwhelmingly positive. 

“We posted about the defibrillator on our social media and got some super feedback,” said Blackrock Veterinary Clinic practice manager Melanie Corcoran. 

“We also circulated a similar message to clients in the area to circulate on their neighbourhood groups and street WhatApps and this generated a lot of positive chatter, too. 

“It is a potential lifesaver. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (are a significant cause of death which affect roughly 3,000 people in Ireland each year. 

“Having a defibrillator to hand within two minutes can increase the chance of survival to 80 per cent. 

“To make it as easy as possible, our defibrillator box is always unlocked and instantly available for anyone to use in the case of an emergency.”

Featured Image: Eamonn Moore, clinical director of Linnaeus-owned Blackrock Veterinary Clinic in Stillorgan Park, and practice manager Melanie Corcoran, with the newly installed defibrillator outside the practice.

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