Cork students ramp up production of vital face shields 

Cork students ramp up production of vital face shields 

Principal Fergal McCarthy with Cork footballer and teacher Tomás Clancy with the 3D printers.

KINSALE Community School students have been working seven days a week to produce protective equipment for frontline workers, and have now launched a fundraising appeal to help them continue the work.

Over the past fortnight, three students at the school, together with eight teachers, have produced around 2,000 face shields which have been distributed to frontline workers, including in care homes in Kinsale, at Cork University Hospital, Mercy University Hospital, Kinsale Community Hospital, and the fire service.

The initiative was kickstarted by students Oisin Coyle and Shane Collins, who came up with a design and produced a protective face shield prototype on their home 3D printers. Shane’s brother Dylan also came on board.

The design was approved by HSE personnel and within days an assembly line was set up with seven printers producing 28 masks a day. This increased after Kinsale Lions Club sponsored a further 10 printers.

The students now need to raise funds to purchase raw materials.

A GoFundMe page has been set up and organisers are hoping to raise €10,000.

Fergal McCarthy, principal at the school, said that he “couldn’t be more proud of the community response” to date.

“We have been blown away by the support and the goodwill ... and we hope that we will be running for some time,” he said.

Donations can be made at gofundme.com/f/kinsale-teens-target-covid19-with-3d-technology

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