Kerry Bik­ers get de­fib for Bally­bunion beach

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By KATH­LEEN O’SUL­LI­VAN

LIVES are safer on the beaches of Bally­bunion thanks to a group of Kerry bik­ers and surfers who pre­sented the com­mu­nity with a de­fib­ril­la­tor.

Last July, mem­bers of the Kerry Bik­ing School trav­elled around the coast vis­it­ing all the light­houses along the way, in aid of the Kerry Surf Life­sav­ing Club which has been fundrais­ing for a de­fib­ril­la­tor. Owner of the bik­ing school, Ger Mc­Carthy, along with five of his mo­tor­cy­cling friends, took on the chal­lenge and were de­lighted to present the de­fib­ril­la­tor to Kerry County Coun­cil re­cently. “We started at Tar­bert, drove up west, north, car­ried on from there and fin­ished in Fenit. We also went off the Done­gal coast for a night.” Ger set up Kerry Bik­ing School 11 years ago and has held an an­nual mo­tor­bike fundraiser ev­ery year since.

“This year, the idea for fundrais­ing for a de­fib­ril­la­tor came from Leo Hil­liard, who is a life­guard and a mo­tor­cy­clist. We do it for the good of the lo­cal­ity and to make a dif­fer­ence.”

Photo by Marie Ro­han

Pic­tured at the pre­sen­ta­tion over­look­ing Bally­bunion’s stun­ning Ladies’ Beach are Leo Hil­liard, Der­mot Keane, Mairead O ‘Neill, Rochelle O’Rior­dan, Damian Mee­han, Mark Mul­vi­hill, John Grif­fey, Katie Hil­liard, Niall O’Sul­li­van and Ger Mc­Carthy.

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