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Free CPR training programmes coming to Laois

The Irish Heart Foundation is offering free CPR training to members of the public in Laois.

The training is part of a new free community CPR training programme, Hands for Life, run by the Irish Heart Foundation and supported by Abbott and ESB Networks.

Laois natives can now sign up for the following training courses by visiting here.

The free courses are available at the following places:

  • Cullohill Community Centre, Cullohill, Co. Laois – Tuesday May 7 at 5pm, 6.30pm and 8pm
  • Mountmellick Development Association, Irishtown, Mountmellick, Co. Laois – Wednesday May 8 at 5pm, 6.30pm and 8pm
  • The Rock GAA Club, Mountmellick, Co. Laois – Thursday June 6 at 5pm, 6.30pm and 8pm

Hands for Life training courses are free and open to all adults aged 18 and over.

Communities, groups and clubs who have 30 or more people interested in a free Hands for Life training course can contact the Irish Heart Foundation directly on 01 668 5001 or handsforlife@irishheart.ie to arrange a training course in their locality.

The training course takes just under one hour to complete and attendees will learn:

  • How to recognise a cardiac arrest
    How to perform compressions, including hands-on practice on a CPR training manikin
  • How to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
  • How to respond to a choking emergency
  • How to recognise a stroke

Resuscitation Manager with the Irish Heart Foundation, Brigid Sinnott, said: “Every day in Ireland 13 people die from a cardiac arrest. Around 70 percent of these happen at home in front of a loved one.

“If there is someone nearby who knows CPR and can start performing compressions quickly, you can double or even triple a person’s chances of survival.

“We’re looking forward to bring our free CPR training to Laois and hope that the people of Cullohill, Mountmellick and further afield will join us on Tuesday May 7, Wednesday May 9 and Thursday June 6 to learn this important life-saving skill.”

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Siún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics.