Safety whis­tle fails to ‘blowin’

June 1986

Bray People - - NEWS -

De­spite the in­creas­ing num­ber of per­sonal at­tacks in Ire­land, the cheap­est and most ef­fec­tive way to sum­mon help if at­tacked has failed to take off.

The per­sonal safety whis­tle is man­u­fac­tured from Bri­tain and dis­trib­uted here by Ul­tan Cow­ley from Wick­low Town.

He says he’s very dis­ap­pointed the whis­tle has not been suc­cess­ful.

‘I con­tacted most or­gan­i­sa­tions which would find these whis­tles use­ful in­clud­ing the ICA, Aolen and the St Vin­cent de Paul, how­ever, none of these or­gan­i­sa­tions has taken any ac­tion in ei­ther pro­mot­ing or pur­chas­ing the whis­tles.

‘I had a lot of re­sponse to the whis­tles fol­low­ing a fea­ture on Mar­ian Fin­u­cane’s ‘Live­line’ pro­gramme on RTE be­fore Christ­mas, but there has not been suf­fi­cient de­mand since then to en­able me to bring them into the coun­try.

A thing like this has to have a high pub­lic pro­file and the peo­ple have to be aware what it means when a whis­tle is blown.

‘It’s not that peo­ple can­not af­ford them,’ Mr Cow­ley adds (they cost just £2), ‘it’s just that pub­lic at­ten­tion needs to be drawn to the ex­is­tence of the whis­tles and to how use­ful they can be in an emer­gency.’

Mr Cow­ley said that the whis­tles which are sim­i­lar to those used by foot­ball ref­er­ees have a range of over a mile and re­quire very lit­tle wind to blow.

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