The Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team were delighted to be nominated as the charity of the month by Kilcoole Thriftshop where we received a donation of €1000. The shop is run by volunteers to raise money for different charities and to date have donated €51,589.81. This shop is well worth paying a visit for great bargains and friendly staff. Thank you to all involved
The Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team held our AGM recently. It was a good time to look back on the year that was.
During 2014 the Glen Team responded to a total of 68 separate incidents where a member of the public dialled 999 or 112 and asked for assistance. Lower leg injuries were among the more common injuries suffered by those we have been called out to help, although there were more serious incidents to deal with during the course of the year. The majority of searches happened in around the region of Lugnaquilla where people had become disorientated although searches were not exclusive to this mountain range. Glendalough was once again a busy area for call outs, but by the sheer volume of people that come through here each year that is only to be expected.
The Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team wish to express our deepest sympathy to the friends and family of Mick Kellet, who passed away recently. Mick was one of the founder members of both Mountain Rescue Ireland and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team.
Mick is well known in the Irish outdoor community and by turns spent his time hill walking and hill running on many I.M.R.A events. He spent many years involved in orienteering and will be missed by his friends in the Great Eastern Navigators. Mick also enjoyed passing on his knowledge to young people who shared his passion for the outdoors
In early February of this year he received a well earned Distinguished Service Award at the Mountain Rescue Ireland AGM which was held in Coolmoney Camp in the Glen of Imaal in the company of many friends from Ireland’s M.R community.
His humour, wit and wisdom will be greatly missed and he will always be remembered as a true legend of the Irish Mountains
Rest In Peace Mick
The Glen Team wish to thank the Irish Mountaineering Club and their brilliant guest speaker, Andy Kirkpatrick, for all funds raised at his ‘Inappropriate Climbing’ talk last night in Trinity.
Andy kept his audience both enthralled and inspired by his experiences and his excellent way of engaging with them!
The event raised over €2000 with all proceeds being shared by the Glen Of Imaal, Dublin Wicklow, and Mayo Mountain Rescue Teams.
The Glen Team are deeply saddened at the loss of Rescue Trainee dog Amie who passed away on Friday. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her handler Brendan and Allegra his partner. Amie has left us all many happy memories and will be sorely missed!
Photo: The Glen Team are deeply saddened at the loss of Rescue Trainee dog Amie who passed away on Friday. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her handler Brendan and Allegra his partner. Amie has left us all many happy memories and will be sorely missed!
The Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team would like to thank all of you who supported our main fundraising event of the year, Moonlight Challenge 2014. Through your continued support you help us to maintain a voluntary 999 emergency response, unit active and ready to deal with many different kinds of situations which occur in our mountainous environs.
We hope you thoroughly enjoyed your experience with us and that you will return next year for more adventures in the Wicklow Mountains.
Thanks must also go to all our volunteers on the night….without you there would be no Moonlight Challenge! Your help is as always, deeply appreciated.
Also deserving of special mention is our main sponsor the ESB which are celebrating 40 years of power generation at Thurlough Hill.
Roll on Moonlight Challenge 2015
- On Saturday the 18th of October the Glen of Imaal Red Cross mountain Rescue Team underwent our team assessment to insure we are fit for purpose. The two assessors for the weekend were Gerry Christy from Kerry Mountain Rescue, current Training Officer of KMRT and Seymour Haugh from Mountain Rescue Scotland , current Team Leader of Borders Search and Rescue Team.
- The process is part of being a member of Mountain Rescue Ireland and ensures all the Irish Teams are fit for purpose. This is done by looking at the Team’s administrative and operational history and current practices. There is then a full exercise on the second day. The Team go through a scenario which replicates the type of call outs they deal with on a regular basis.
- Both the assessors were happy with what they saw on the day and although we are awaiting the official report they confirmed that they had no hesitation in declaring the Glen Team fit for purpose.