Large scale multi-agency search for Carlow teen ends well

A large-scale search operation for missing 16-year-old Damien Cullen has concluded when the teenager was found safe.

The two-day search for the missing Carlow teenager involved multi-agencies including the gardaí, Defence Forces, Civil Defence and Irish Coast Guard.

Damien Cullen was last seen at S. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny on Friday where he was a patient.

A search team rendezvous point was established this morning in the car park of a disused public house, on the Castlecomer road outside Kilkenny. Family and friends gathered at 7am to join gardaí and search teams.  

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File Photo: (Declan Keogh / Emergency Times)

The search area concentrated on the Ballygoyle and Radenstown areas of Kilkenny.

Kilkenny Civil Defence were assisted in the search by Civil Defence units from counties Carlow, Laois, Tipperary and Galway. Search & Rescue Drone Units from Galway and Laois were also utilised for the search.

The missing teenager was found safe on farmlands in Ballyfoyle at around 4.30pm.

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Damien Cullen who went missing on Friday from St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny

Local radio reports from Carlow/Kilkenny’s KCLR96FM said the teenager was brought to St. Luke’s Hospital for assessment. KCLR96FM said gardaí have thanked the volunteers and the search teams for their assistance in finding Damien.

Garda appeal for Missing Person in Kilkenny

Gardaí in Kilkenny are appealing for the publics assistance in tracing 16 year old Damien Cullen, who is missing from Kilkenny since yesterday, 22nd June.

Damien was last seen in St. Lukes Hospital, Kilkenny where he was a patient.

The teenager is described as 5’6″, thin build with short brown hair. When last seen, Damien was wearing an orange tee-shirt, wine coloured hoody, grey tracksuit bottoms and black runners.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kilkenny Garda Station on 056-7775000 or any garda station.

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Air Show, Life-saving skills and an Air & Sea Rescue demo’s at this year’s Wexford Maritime Festival.

The Wexford Maritime Festival will take place on the quays in Wexford town this weekend.

This year the festival will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wexford’s Air Base is commemorated, with lots of activity on the sea and in the air.

This is the 7th annual Wexford Maritime Festival and this year, organisers are keen to highlight ‘Keeping Afloat’ and life-saving skills as part of their safety message theme in support of this year’s water safety message from the RNLI and Irish Coast Guard, led by Irish Water Safety.

Various emergency and voluntary services will also be on hand to showcase their vehicles, equipment and services, while members provide demonstrations over the two-day festival.

On Saturday, the Irish Coast Guard’s Waterford based Rescue 117 is scheduled to participate in an Air and Sea Search and Rescue demonstration with Wexford RNLI Lifeboat and the Wexford Civil Defence.

The popular air show returns this year and takes place at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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Photos: (Wexford Maritime Festival Facebook page)

There are many other events and attractions at the festival such as the new marine and environmental workshops, circus skills, a Viking village with brass rubbing and shield making, kids discos, colouring competitions, pottery making plus lots more.

A Try it dock with stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing and powerboat trips as well as the super fun raft races with all equipment provided will also form part of the festival. Historic lifeboats from England and Ireland will make their way to Wexford for the weekend, with over a 100 model boats on display in the Maritime Village.

The festival was launched on Thursday last and festival Directors David Maguire and Lorraine Galvin said: ‘Now in its 7th year the festival has become County Wexford’s largest summer community family festival and this festival wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers from the many organisations and the support of Wexford County Council, BIM, local business and community groups’.

More information can be found on the festival website

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar welcomes ‘National Services Day’

A dedicated day for Ireland’s emergency services has been welcomed by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. The ‘National Services Day’ will take place on Saturday 1st September.

The commemoration day for the emergency, voluntary, security, search and rescue services stems from the FESSEF Days which were held in Dublin for the past four years.

FESSEF (Frontline, Emergency Security Services Éire Forum) was established by Seamus O’ Neill some years ago and the annual one-day event each year has grown to allow for Ireland to now formally, officially and gracefully thank the emergency services on a dedicated day.

The ‘National Services Day’ will showcase, through various events, the specialist skills, expertise, drills, tactical equipment etc. used by the service personnel in the performance of their duties. The general public will be invited, along with the family members of the service personnel to witness these showcase displays and exhibitions and other such events as the committee deem necessary.

In a statement, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said “Our emergency services operate nationwide and are part of the fabric of every community. Making this event a national one will ensure these important services get the public recognition they so rightly deserve across the entire country.”

National Services Day will be held on Saturday 1st September and you can find out more by visiting the website and Emergency Times will also have regular updates ahead of the event date.  

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Two gardaí jump into River Barrow to save drowning woman

A woman was rescued from the River Barrow this afternoon following a successful rescue by gardaí and the fire service.

Two gardaí had jumped into the River Barrow to save the woman who had entered the water outside Carlow town.

The incident took place at Lanigans Lock, near Aughdoyne, on the Carlow/Laois border shortly before 4.30pm

Carlow Fire & Rescue Service responded to the incident with crews from Carlow town and Bagenalstown stations attending.

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Carlow Fire & Rescue Service checking Ringbuoys at Lanigans Lock
File Photo: (Carlow Fire & Rescue Service’s Facebook page)

The two gardaí, stationed in Carlow town, were in the water making attempts to reach the woman as the fire brigade arrived. Carlow Fire & Rescue Service’s Swift Water Rescue Team (SWRT) launched their boat and joined the rescue.

The casualty was rescued from the river by the SWRT and handed over to paramedics from the National Ambulance Service who treated the woman on scene.

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Cork City Fire Crew attacked

Gardaí in Cork City are investigating an incident which occurred last night when a fire crew from Cork City Fire Brigade came under attack.

The fire crew were dealing with a fire on the northside of the city when the crew and it’s fire brigade appliance came under attack from youths who hurled stones at them.

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Anglesea Street Fire Station. (Photo: Declan Keogh)

The incident happened shortly after 11.30pm.

The fire crew were uninjured and the fire appliance was not damaged as a result of the incident.