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Athenry Civil Defence opens new HQ - Dec 1997


The official opening of the new Civil Defence H.Q. in Clarke St., Athenry on Sunday 30th November. The opening ceremony was performed by the Junior Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Noel Treacy and the County Manager Mr. Donal O’Donoghue.

The Blessing was officiated by Fr. J .J . Cribbin, also present were the Galway County Chief Civil Defence Officer, Mr. Tom Casserly and the Unit Instructor, Mr. Sean Wallace.

There was representation from all the Civil Defence units in the county.

The Athenry Civil Defence started in 1989 and has carried out various duties, ranging from searches for missing persons to crowd management and first aid duty at special events.

The Athenry unit meets every Monday at 8 p.m. for training.

New members are always welcome, the age limits are 16 to 65 years.

The training consists of First Aid, Search Management, Crash Rescue, Rescue from buildings, Ambulance training, Fire fighting, radio communications and radio monitoring.

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Written by Anonymous

Published here 17 Feb 2023 and originally published December 1997

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