Kilcoole Thriftshop Donates €1000 to Glen Team

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

Bray Strollers raise €750 for Glen Team

 
Every year the Bray Strollers show their generousity and support toward the Glen Team by way of an annual collection from their club. This year they presented our Team Leader Derry Cullen with a cheque for €750 in our base. We wish to thank the Bray Strollers for their continued support for our team and hope they enjoy many adventures in the hills in 2015
 
 

PRO Report for 2014

 

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.  

 
While Call Outs were a major part of the yearly activities we also played host to Mountain Rescue Ireland’s AGM in Coolmoney Camp in February. For us it was the ideal place to host this event as it marked the end of our Anniversary celebrations, and where better to do it than in the Glen where we begun so many years ago. Members from all 12 MRTs gathered here to discuss  issues facing Mountain Rescue in Ireland. Minister for Health Leo Varadkar attended the AGM to address the Delegates. Before he left he also took the opportunity to officially launch our new Incident Command Vehicle which came on line this year to replace our old van. This was made possible through the funds raised by all those supporters who took part in the Moonlight Challenge. This vehicle has proved to be  a much needed resource. 
 
A Peer review took place in October and was carried out by two independent MRT assessors. This is a process all Mountain Rescue Teams in Ireland must go through every few years to insure they are fit for purpose. The Glen Team proved to be just so.
 
Our two main fundraisers The Moonlight Challenge and the Black Tie Ball were very successful. The Black Tie Ball was held in the Green Isle Hotel with celebrity solicitor Gerald Kean very kindly stepping in as guest speaker for the night. The funds raised from this event are going toward the purchase of a brand new specialised  stretcher for the team.
 
The Moonlight Challenge proved once again to be a big event in many peoples calenders with quite a few tired but happy hill walkers and hill runners completing the event.
 
As for the AGM itself it saw a changing of the guard with Ann Fitzpatrick stepping down as our Team Leader and Derry Cullen stepping into the role. We wish him the very best in his new position.
 
We would  also like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters who have done so much for us this past year and to those who volunteered their time in helping us with our fundraising events. Your continued support is very important to what we do and through that support you are helping us to save lives and guide people home. Thank you
 
Pictured below: Outgoing Team Leader Ann Fitzpatrick shaking hands with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and Incoming Team Leader Derry Cullen showing it’s all in a night’s work.
 
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 Derry smiling

Tribute to Mick Kellet

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

Mick Kellet

Andy Kirkpatrick Talk

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.

Sad farewell to Amie

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! Brendan  Amy

Huge Thank You – MOONLIGHT CHALLENGE 2014

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

Team Assessment 2014

  • 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.
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  • 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.Glen Team Folder