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Charity Speed Dating – Restart Your Heart

“I love it when strangers smile at me and I smile back, and we have that nice stranger smiling moment.”

“If there’s no love in the world,… let’s make some.”

“So, things are not good on ‘the romantic front’ presently, I hear you say?”  Well, fear not, all is not totally lost; as Mr Gerard Fogarty (Deputy Officer in charge – Order of Malta Ireland Ambulance Corps, Thurles),  now reports.

Allow us to Restart Your Heart”, with our charity speed-dating event in Hickey’s Bar, Cathedral Street, Thurles on Friday, February 15th.

Get that ‘loving feeling’ with kick-off at 7.30pm.

Note: Spread the “St. Valentine’s Weekend Cheer” by inviting all of your single friends. Register online to restartomac@gmail.com to ensure your place.

Let Friday night next, take you into those early hours with an exciting live music line-up, from local talent’s Niall O’Shaughnessy, Barry MacLoughlin, JP Dempsey, Philly Purcell and Eddie MacCormac.

Music will start at 9.30pm.

Admission for dating and music €15. Admission for music only €10.

Total proceeds will go to Order of Malta Ireland Ambulance Corps Thurles, whose volunteers provide patient transport, first aid courses, and first-aid for events all across Mid-Tipperary.

Of course this event raises the inevitable, important, question, “If love is blind, why are gifts of lingerie so popular on St. Valentine’s day?”


Thurles Order of Malta – Anniversary Reunion Gala Dinner

Order of Malta Ambulance Corps Thurles are issuing an invitation to all of their former members to attend this year’s Anniversary Reunion Gala Dinner.

Mr Gerard Fogarty, (Deputy Officer in charge – Thurles Unit)  sends us the following report.

Celebrating 70 years, and 50 years of the Cadet Corps in Thurles, we are cordially inviting members, past members and friends to join our Gala Dinner Dance Reunion on Saturday 13th October, 2018 in the Anner Hotel, Dublin Road, Thurles.
Drinks Reception at 7.00 p.m., followed by a four-course meal and music by ‘Small Fish’ until late.

Guest of Honour for the evening will be the National Director of the Ambulance Corps, Commander John Wright K.M.

A special concession ‘Bed & Breakfast’  rate can be obtained from the Anner Hotel, by telephoning (0504) 21799.

Tickets are also available by telephoning: 087 2390 111, or by E-mail: thurles@orderofmalta.ie, or from the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps, Training Centre, situated at Boheravoroon, Thurles, Wednesday’s at 8.00 p.m.


New Ambulance For Thurles Order of Malta.

Mr Gerard Fogarty, Deputy Officer In Charge, Thurles Order of Malta Ambulance Corps, reports:-

Order of Malta Ambulance Corps Thurles are proud to launch their new road ambulance this month.

The Ford Transit, kindly donated by the National Ambulance Service, will replace the ageing Mercedes Sprinter, which has given the unit in Thurles many years of great service.

As with their other road ambulances, it is fitted with all of the state-of-the-art pre-hospital emergency care equipment and medications required by their personnel (Emergency Medical Technicians and Emergency First Responders) providing the primarily care to cater for all major emergencies. The equipment provided includes:- automated external defibrillator, electrocardiogram heart monitor, terrestrial digital radio, wheelchair/stretcher lift, adjustable stretcher, emergency extrication equipment etc.

The Unit’s fleet of three road ambulances, minibus and off-road ambulance are well-known around Thurles through their involvement in busy work schedules; providing emergency medical support at national and local events including Semple stadium and Thurles Racecourse, while providing transport to sick and special needs passengers, thus ensuring visits to hospital, while also supporting necessary social visits.

Thurles Order of Malta Ambulance Corps Members would like to thank the generous parishioners of Holycross, Ballycahill, and Thurles for their kind support of Annual Church Gate Collections Appeal over the last two weekends.

All funds collected directly contribute to the ongoing maintenance costs of the strong volunteer-operated ambulance fleet.


Saving Lives – Touching Lives – Changing Lives

Order of Malta Ireland Ambulance Corps Thurles.

The Order of Malta Ambulance Corps, situated at Boheravoroon, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, will be holding their Annual Table Quiz in aid of their Lourdes Fund on tomorrow night Friday 23rd March in Hayes Hotel, by kind permission of the Hotel’s Management.

The event starts sharp at 9.00pm and your generous support of this necessary fund-raiser would be greatly appreciated.

Do keep in mind that every year members of the Order of Malta, from right around the globe, support ill patients during their Annual Lourdes Pilgrimage, and all funds raised from tomorrow nights event will go towards the cost of this years Thurles pilgrimage.


Thurles Order Of Malta Assist With Response To Storm Emma

The Deputy Officer In Charge Thurles Order of Malta Ambulance Corps, Mr Gerard Fogarty, reports:-

Thurles Order of Malta volunteers Jaela Burke & Marcus McMahon.

The Thurles Unit of the Order of Malta Ireland were placed on standby at 7.00am on Wednesday last and remained on duty (24/7) in their 4×4 ambulance until Monday evening last. The Joint Voluntary Control Centre (JVCC) were up and running from that moment.

The aim of the JVCC is to provide the Health Service Executive (HSE) National Emergency Operations Centre with a single point of contact with the voluntary ambulance sector. This control centre is based in the Order of Malta National Headquarters in Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin. The JVCC is made up of The Irish Red Cross, St. John’s Ireland and Order of Malta Ireland.
Some 3,000 members throughout the country were placed on standby from Wednesday morning and most had been active from that moment.

Captain Adrian Fallon, National Emergency Planning and Communications Officer stated: “It is great to be part of a large community of volunteers who are willing to give their time to assist their colleagues in the Statutory Service and the local communities. This process highlights the excellent working relationship between all parties, both voluntary and statutory, on how we can come together to plan and prepare for the good of those around the country who need assistance”.

Using our high-tech Tetra radio system, Thurles were able to communicate with the JVCC and were able to respond within minutes to the calls. Some of the tasks undertaken by the Thurles Unit in recent days included the transport of the public health nurse in order for her to complete her tasks and transport to and from the A&E. Members, who are all volunteers, also assisted the National Ambulance Service with emergency calls, helping to access areas that ordinary ambulances could not go.

“The conditions at times were treacherous and we had to be careful so that we did not end up injured or casualties ourselves,” said Irene O’Loughlin, Officer in Charge.

The Order of Malta Thurles Unit is a non-profit organisation and all members are volunteers. Irene said: “All donations we receive go directly into providing first aid and emergency care to the people of Thurles area and beyond.”

For more on the work of The Order of Malta visit http://www.orderofmaltaireland.org/ or follow the Order of Malta Ireland Thurles Unit, HERE on Facebook