After a break of 20 years, St John Ambulance has returned to the West of Ireland. An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, attended the official launch of the Mayo Division of St John Ambulance on Saturday 4th February.
Led by Michael Corrigan, the new division in Mayo has a well trained and enthusiastic membership and has already become an important service in the local community and surrounding counties.
St John Ambulance Commissioner John Hughes officially launched the new division at a ceremony held in the Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar. The event was attended by a large contingent of St John Ambulance members from all over Ireland, as well as local dignitaries Lisa Chambers TD, Dara Calleary TD & Councillor Martin McLoughlin.
Commissioner Hughes praised the work of the members of the organisation and in particular the members of the Mayo Division.
An Taoiseach, having just returned from an E.U. meeting in Malta, recounted having spent the morning with the Maltese Prime Minister who had explained the history of the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem and their defence of the island for centuries.
St John Ambulance has its roots in the Order of St John. Mr Kenny also praised the work of the organisation in Mayo, and beyond, in training the public and providing lifesaving cover at events large and small.