On Saturday, September 3, 2016, the members of the Clonakilty branch of the Irish Red Cross celebrated the official opening of their branch premises at Clogheen Industrial Estate Clonakilty.
Present at the opening were Cllr Christopher O Sullivan on behalf of the county mayor, Mayor of Clonakilty Mr Anthony Mc Dermott, Jim Daly TD, Margaret Murphy O Mahony TD, Michael Collins TD, Mr Pat Carey National Chairperson of the Irish Red Cross along with other members of the national committee of the Irish Red Cross.
As part of the afternoon of events, the branch presented certificates to the cadets group on the completion of their practical first aid course in previous weeks while also relaunching the branches 4×4 ambulance, which was totally revamped earlier in the year.
In his speech, branch chairperson Mr Padraig O’Reilly thanked everyone for attending the official opening, he reflective on his time in the Red Cross and how the local branch has grown in strength and success over the years.
He thanked the many people and organisations who have helped over the many years of the branches existence, for the storing of ambulance vehicle or even the loan of a room to conduct meetings.
He said how lucky the branch was to live in a community such as the town of Clonakilty and he said that many businesses and groups have donated much needed funds to the branch over the years which has ensured that the branch has kept two vehicles on the road and now to have a branch premises.
He reflected on members who had passed away and the contribution that they had given to the success of the branch and said that these people must never be forgotten and that the members must cherish the moments that they had with them.
The official cutting of the ribbon was done by Eleanor O’Mahony, wife of the late John O’Mahony, who was branch chairperson when he passed away; and by Mary Burke mother of the late Chloe Burke, who was Health and Social Care Officer when she passed away; while Mr Pat Carey National Chairperson of the Irish Red Cross unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.