Published on April 6th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


ICRR Air Ambulance Given a Temporary Reprieve

In a statement issued by Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) Chairman John Finnegan on Friday, it was announced that the Air Ambulance service based in Rathcoole, Co. Cork has been given a six week extension to operations. The service was due to end last Friday 3rd April due to a lack of funds.

Mr Finnegan said in the statement: “With the help of our helicopter provider Sloane Helicopters and their leasing partners, Millstone Aviation, they have given us an extra six weeks credit to come up with alternate funding streams. I want to say a big thank you to Sloane helicopters for supporting the Irish people in these dark times, allowing the air ambulance to go on saving lives in the short time.”

The ICRR team continue to work tirelessly to raise the required funds to keep the helicopter operating on a continuous basis. The service has flown over 351 missions in just under 8 months since it began operating they Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. In the last few days the a small child and an elderly lady with life threatening injures benefited from the service.

The charity are now calling for volunteers to be part of their live saving team or to those who are in self isolation to help promote the service on social media. Marketing or any fundraising ideas would also be greatly received. ICRR are also calling on companies based in Ireland to become brand partners for the service. This week BP has stepped in to sponsor similar services in England and Wales.

For more information about the Irish Community Repaid Response Air Ambulance or to donate, visit

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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