WARNING: We have been advised by An Garda Siochana that the current snowy conditions have made both roads (R115 & R759) that cross the Sally Gap in Wicklow impassable. Warning signs are now up on the four approach roads as agreed with the Gardai and Wicklow County Council. For your own safety and the safety of others please do not ignore them. Use an alternative route until the signs come down. Thank you
On Wednesday night the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team were presented with a donation of €6,341 from Microsoft and Friends by Phillip Fitzpatrick as an acknowledgment of the work that we do and the service we provide to members of the public who find themselves in difficult situations very year.
The Glen Team wish to thank Microsoft and friends for this generous donation which we truly appreciate and which will go toward helping to maintain a dedicated voluntary Mountain Rescue service in Wicklow and surrounding counties.
Minister Simon Harris handed over Donard Former Garda Station to Glen of
Imaal Mountain Rescue Team and Baltinglass Irish Red Cross.
Simon Harris, Minister of State with special responsibility for the
Office of Public Works (OPW) on 4 December 2015 officially
handed over the keys of the former Garda Station in Donard to the
Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team and Baltinglass Irish Red Cross.
Speaking at the handover, the Minister said, “I am delighted to be here in Donard, to hand over a former Garda Station to the local community. Since 2013, eighteen former stations have been handed over to communities the length and breadth of the country. Donard as we all know, is an excellent base for hillwalking enthusiasts and I am pleased that this former station can be put to good use by these wonderful voluntary organisations”.
Among the following services to be provided from this Red Cross Centre will be first-aid and defibrillator training, services for local community events, a mountain rescue command post and a unified location for all emergency responders during rescue operations.
Speaking in Donard, Paul Ashmore, Chairman of the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team said “We at the Red Cross are excited to be moving into our sub base in Donard, Co. Wicklow. We are also delighted to be part sharing it with another Red Cross team. This base will facilitate
with the call outs that we receive on Lugnaqullia and other mountains in the west of Wicklow. It will also store essential equipment needed by personnel reacting to call outs and for some of our training that is continuous and on going. This is a great day for the Red Cross and the Glen of Imaal Team”.
Hannah Cuddy of Baltinglass Red Cross continued “After some years of moving between Blessington and Baltinglass, the members of the Branch are now excited to be moving to the former Garda Station in Donard
which will be used in conjunction with the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team both as a training centre for themselves and to provide First Aid training for local groups. We are extremely grateful to the OPW for their generosity in providing us with this base.
Minister Harris concluded by wishing the community well “We all appreciate the excellent voluntary service the members of these organisations provide, both in times of emergency and in a community setting and I have no doubt excellent use will be made of the facilities
To all our Moonlight Challengers. What can we say? Once again, you have come out and shown that you are the best participants a team could wish for! We continue to be blown away by your support, and want to pass on again a massive thanks from each and every one of us. We hope you enjoyed this year’s Challenge and many congrats on completing it. We had a blast meeting you all, and look forward to seeing you again soon. Photos from the event will be uploaded to the Moonlight Challenge website over the coming days, so keep an eye out!
Team Leader, Derry Cullen, presented David Froud, of the Charlie Froud Foundation, with a small gift in recognition of the incredible work that the Foundation does in raising much needed funds for worthy causes and for their ongoing support of the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team.
David, his Family and some Friends have traveled from England this weekend to take part in the Teams biggest Annual Fundraiser, the Moonlight Challenge.
A huge Glen Team Welcome to you all and we hope you really enjoy your visit
An Garda Siochana requested the use of Glen Base for two separate events today. The first being the Commissioner’s regional meeting which took place in our Operations Room.
Once this meeting came to an end the press launch for Operation Hurdle 2015 took place. Present were Assistant Commissioner Fintan Fanning, Chief Superintendent Pat Mangan and Superintendent Paul Hogan. Guests included local TDs Andrew Doyle and Simon Harris and representatives from Wicklow Christmas Tree Growers, N.P.W.S, Coillte, Wicklow Uplands Council, W.S.P.C.A, local businesses and members of The Glen Team.
The Garda Mounted Unit, Garda Air Support Unit and Garda Armed Response Unit were also present and gave talks on the capabilities of each of these units.
The day was a resounding success with all parties extremely impressed with the facilities at Glen Base and the team were delighted to accommodate An Garda Siochana’s request for the use of our base for these events.
We would also like to thank Lynhams of Laragh who did an excellent job of providing all catering needs on the day