Two new defibrillators set for Blackrock following fundraiser

Two new defibrillators set for Blackrock following fundraiser
Cllr Des Cahill, Charlie Murphy of Murphy's Topaz Blackrock, David Cahill, son of Cllr Cahill and Gillian O'Shaughnessy, Murphy's Topaz staff with the two defibrillators. Picture: Jim Coughlan

A CAR wash fundraiser has resulted in not one but two defibrillators being installed in Blackrock village.

In March, then-Lord Mayor Des Cahill collaborated with Charlie Murphy, owner of Murphy’s Topaz on the Blackrock Road, to raise funds to secure a defibrillator for the village.

Mr Murphy decided not to charge for car washes on a sunny Saturday, with punters instead asked to donate to the fundraiser.

The Lord Mayor himself washed more than 20 cars, with dozens more passing through on the day.

At the time, it was reported that more than €1,500 was raised on the day itself. In addition, the garage left out a collection bucket for a number of days after the fact to put together as much money as possible to secure the defibrillator. Mr Cahill said: “We had hoped to get enough money for one and they actually managed to raise enough for two. It was remarkable.

“It is an amazing achievement by Charlie Murphy and his staff who just wanted to give something back to the village.”

The defibrillators were delivered on Friday, with one installed just outside the garage on the Blackrock Road. The second has yet to be given a location, though Mr Cahill expects it to be put somewhere in the village.

“It is something to be very proud of. People right at the heart of the community doing something to give back.”

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