Always Brighter Stories highlights Mick Cardiff from SJA Ballyfermot

A volunteer in St John Ambulance in Ballyfermot for 48 years, Mick Cardiff has led the installation of ten community defibrillators. Find out how he trained people to use them and how many lives they’ve saved.

Always Brighter Stories is an initiative spotlighting Dubliners spreading kindness in their communities to positively impact Dublin city and county. It is organized by Dublin City Council with support from the Lord Mayor of Dublin. Head to to find out more.

Click here to view Mick’s video on Instagram.

Check Call Compress Shock – four short words to raise awareness of cardiac arrest for #RestartAHeart

This Sunday, 16th October 2022, is the day that globally we raise awareness of Cardiac Arrest. This video shows four amazing survivors who had early CPR and defibrillation. The simple message is Check Call Compress Shock. By recognising a cardiac arrest, making the emergency call, starting CPR, and using an AED early, we can really make the difference between life and death. Watch the video below to learn more.

Learn CPR with St John Ambulance

If you want to learn how to recognise cardiac arrest, make the call, perform CPR, and use an AED, you can learn on our First… Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth II

Following the sad news of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II yesterday, Prof Mark Compton, the Lord Prior of the Order of St John (St John International) said:

Her Majesty always took a keen interest in our work of helping the sick and the poor, and she was very much invested in St John and our worldwide work. Her guidance and support shaped St John into a modern global healthcare organisation, which is deeply rooted in our history as an order of the Crown. Her passing is a great loss, not only for the Commonwealth, but especially for our St… Continue reading

Community outreach in Fingal by Raheny volunteers

Our volunteers do much more than simply supplying first aid and ambulance cover at sports events. Over the last four weekends, volunteers from our unit in Raheny have been delivering first aid talks in Fingal Libraries as part of the Bealtaine 2022 Festival. Thank you to all the volunteers who took part in this outreach.

Thank you to all the volunteers who took part in this outreach in their community.

Photo credit: St John Ambulance Raheny.

Volunteers sign up to make a difference in national training and development plan

Continuous training and development of our volunteers’ skills is of the highest importance to all in St John Ambulance Ireland. On Saturday 12 February 2022, volunteers from across the organisation gathered in our training centre in Dublin 4 for a national training and development day led by our director of training and development, Pam Skerritt.

Each of those who attended today has signed up to make a difference by supporting the national training and development plan. This plan ensures that all in the organisation work together to improve the skills of their fellow volunteers in their units across the island.… Continue reading

Thank you to our volunteers who support public access AEDs

One of our volunteers, Jamie, checking the public access AED in Swords Main Street. Pic: SJAI Swords,

Public access AEDs (defibrillators) are important tools to assist everyone in the event of a cardiac emergency. Our volunteers in Swords supplied and continue to maintain a public access AED in Main Street, Swords since 2018.

It’s based outside the Fingal County Council building. If you call 999/112, you need an AED, and it is close by, the call taker will give you the code, which is also shown on the side of the box.

SJAI is very proud of all our volunteers… Continue reading

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