Subterranean skills put to work at major public events
Members of the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation (ICRO), which co-ordinates and manages cave rescue operations in Ireland, are busy preparing for their annual symposium which takes place in county Leitrim this weekend, October 27-28, when they will review a year that has been without serious incident, but which has also been very busy for the voluntary organisation.
As well as six major rescue practices, a number of desk-top practices, first aid training and other courses, ICRO were once again involved in providing first aid and medical assistance at two major public events this year, proving that their subterranean rescue skills are equally as useful above ground!
Shunning the dark depths of the caves of county Clare, ICRO decided to absorb some sunny rays on a beautiful day at the Burren Marathon last May. Experienced ICRO first aiders were dotted around various parts of the route in north Clare, ensuring that participants were well looked after – that their thirst was quenched, their skin was sun-proofed, their blisters soothed and any injuries were treated. ICRO has been assisting the Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club, which organises the annual event, for a number of years and considers it a very important event in its annual calendar.
And in July, ICRO members ascended one of the most popular mountains in the country, again to provide first aid and medical assistance on one of the busiest days in the year – Croagh Patrick in county Mayo on Reek Sunday. ICRO are invited to partake in the event, co-ordinated and managed by Mayo Mountain Rescue each year.
Note to editor
The Irish Cave Rescue Organisation (ICRO), is a national voluntary body and registered charity (No. 10736) which co-ordinates and manages cave rescue operations in Ireland.
It is funded by the Irish Coast Guard in the Republic of Ireland and Sports Northern Ireland in the north and works in co-operation with An Garda Siochana and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
It comprises active cavers throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland – a core group of 50 members and a larger general group of about 200 – who can be called upon in the event of accidents in caves, potholes and abandoned mines. Whether people or animals, day or night, ICRO personnel are there to help.
ICRO is a specialist organisation – its training and skills are the best in the country for dealing with underground incidents, but it also uses these skills for more, annually providing medical assistance and first aid for the Clare Burren Marathon and on Croagh Patrick each Reek Sunday.
Farmers can also contact ICRO if their livestock have fallen into a pothole on their land. ICRO’s volunteers are selfless in their motivation but specialists in their field and are always on standby.