Above - At the presentation of a defibrillator to KPLAN Community Centre in Kilsheelan by MSD Ballydine were Jerry Kehoe, MSD; John Ryan, KPLAN Community Centre; Joanne Larkin, KPLAN Community Centre and Ger Carmody, Managing Director, MSD.
MSD Ballydine has announced that it is to fund two outdoor defibrillators in Kilsheelan village.
The defibrillators will be stored in weather-proof cabinets, and the responsibility of the recommended weekly maintenance will be willingly undertaken by the board of KPLAN Community Centre CLG.
One unit will be located at the entrance gate to the KPLAN Community Centre, with the second unit installed in the centre of Kilsheelan village.
The Board of Kilsheelan Community Centre CLG (KPLAN) identified a need for additional defibrillators, given the ever increasing number of participants in activities in the centre itself, as well as increased footfall in the local area around the facility due to the very welcome addition of the new riverbank walkway.
Edmond Prendergast, chairperson of the Kilsheelan Community Centre says “The Kilsheelan Community Centre now delivers many different classes; hosts activities such as birthday parties, Active Retirement, Foroige and weekly bingo; and serves the needs of many voluntary groups by accommodating regular meetings.
"In addition, our all-weather pitch is in use every night of the week and we hope to expand our annual 10K run. With the recent and very welcome addition of the riverbank pathway, even more people are now visiting Kilsheelan village and the Board of the KPLAN community centre felt that new defibrillators would be a huge asset to the local community and the wider population.
"We were delighted that MSD Ballydine agreed to fund this essential safety equipment and would like to acknowledge their ongoing support in this area over the years.”
Ger Carmody, Site Lead at MSD Ballydine says “We are very proud to support the two new outdoor defibrillators and feel this equipment will be an asset to the local community and also to all those who engage in leisure activity in the surrounds of the Kilsheelan Community Centre.
"As a business we are fully committed to putting safety first, and this is a core part of all that we do in every aspect of our business. We fully recognise the importance of having life-saving equipment such as defibrillators close to hand and hope that the investment in this equipment means that the leisure facilities offered in Kilsheelan continue to be enjoyed by many more people in the years ahead.”
MSD Ireland is one of the country’s leading healthcare companies, having first established here over 50 years ago.
MSD Ballydine develops and supplies the active ingredients and final formulated product for a range of innovative medicines at its manufacturing and R&D (research and development) facilities.
The plant, which last year marked 40 years in operation, exports to over 30 countries around the world with its primary markets being Europe, USA and Japan. MSD Ballydine has over 600 highly-skilled people working at the site to deliver on the company’s vision of inventing for life, to address unmet medical needs and help save and improve lives around the world.