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30/08/18 Donegal Civil Defence volunteers assist with recent Papal Visit

Civil Defence Knock

Members of the donegal Civil Derence who recently assisted at the recent Papal visit. Back Row (L-R):  Ms.Anne Marie Monagle (Malin), Mr. Patrick Corr (Bundoran), Mr. Shane Crumlish (Carndonagh), Mr. Natalino Da Silva( Letterkenny), Mr. Martin McBrearty (Mountcharles), Mr. John McGeoghegan (Carndonagh), Mr. Tiarnan Doherty,( Carndonagh), Mr. Donal Bonner , (Convoy) Middle Row: L-R:  Ms Aine McAteer, ( Fanad), Mr. Paddy Byrne (Teelin), Ms. Alice Duffy (Donegal ), Mr. James Dolan (Stranorlar), Ms. Amy Bradley (Letterkenny), Mr. Paidin Doherty, (Clonmany), Ms. Eimear Byrne, (Ballybofey), Ms. Joanne McGroary, Mr. Denis Gallagher (Burt), Ms. Edel Flynn, Civil Defence Officer. Front Row: L-R :    Mr. Phonsie McAteer (Fanad), Ms. Nichola Doherty (Clonmany), Ms. Jackie McCrudden, (Burt), Mr. Davy Leonard (Milford), Ms. Marian Boylan (Donegal).



Civil Defence volunteers played a major role in the Papal visit over the course of last weekend, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August. They were involved on the ground in both the Phoenix Park, Dublin and at Knock Shrine, Mayo in supporting the Principal Response Agencies (An Garda Siochana and the National Ambulance Services).


At Knock Shrine, 140 volunteers were on duty, coordinated by Rose Doherty, Mayo Civil Defence Officer.


The 140 volunteers were drawn from counties Donegal, Sligo, Roscommon, Galway and Laois. While their main role was assisting the An Garda Siochana in terms of safety and stewarding at the event, volunteers were also involved in supporting the National Ambulance Service providing medical assistance.


Volunteers were on duty from Saturday night at 22.30hrs until Sunday afternoon at 13.00hrs.


Donegal Civil Defence provided 24 volunteers and 2 ambulances to the duty at Knock, manned by eight Emergency Medical Technicians.


 Laois Civil Defence provided Communications to the event through thier Incident Command Vehicle using the TETRA network, which ensured efficient communications between Civil Defence, the Gardaí and the National Ambulance Service for the duration of the event.  


Roscommon Civil Defence Welfare Unit provided food for all volunteers on duty over the Saturday night and Sunday.


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