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Derry council facilities to install defibrillators

By Donna Deeney

Defibrillators are set to be installed in all Derry City Council's leisure facilities after a GAA spectator’s life was saved by the equipment.

The council will pick up the £1,000 cost of each machine as well as training costs for selected staff.

There was all-party agreement to adopt a motion brought by councillor Colly Kelly after a defibrillator saved the life of a man watching a GAA match.

John Dobbins collapsed at a match in Faughanvale.

But the club policy of having a fully charged and operational defibrillator with members trained on site at every match meant he got vital help which saved his life.

Mr Kelly said: “I know John Dobbins so I learned first-hand how important having access to a defibrillator can be. He is evidence that they really do save lives.

“Since John Dobbins collapsed at Faughanvale many people have talked to me about the importance of having a defibrillator at every pitch or big event, which is an important consideration.”


A physician and cardiologist from Northern Ireland transformed emergency services with the invention of the portable defibrillator. Professor James Pantridge, from Hillsborough, County Down, installed his first version of the portable defibrillator in a Belfast ambulance in 1965. Read more at Wikipedia

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