The C Club”s Assistant Manager Caroline Hession and staff member Brian O Toole featured in the Mayo News after their quick thinking which saved Conor Dillon”s life.
Toddler with seconds to live saved by fast-acting hero!
If it wasn’t for the quick actions of heroic lifeguard Caroline Hession, last week’s papers would have reported the tragic death of a toddler in Westport.
Little Conor Dillon from Islandeady was within a few short seconds of choking to death in the reception area of the C Club leisure centre at the Castlecourt Hotel, but the quick thinking and expertise of Caroline Hession means that this week Conor is a healthy two year old who is blissfully ignorant of how close he came to losing his life.
Conor got into difficulty when a miniature chocolate egg he was eating became trapped in his airway while he and his father, Matthew, were waiting in the reception area for Samantha, who was heavily pregnant, and Conor’s sister Aimee after a session in the pool.
“If it wasn’t for Caroline, Conor wouldn’t be here. It is as simple as that,” Conor’s mother Samantha told The Mayo News. “She saved his life and I want to send a huge thank you to Caroline and to the Castlecourt. She acted immediately. She was a good bit away but saw what happened and got over there quickly. In situations like that, the first moments are so vital and if people don’t react swiftly, it can easily be fatal. Before they knew it, Conor had gone blue and had stopped breathing.
“What amazed me is that the lifeguards would normally just have to work on people who might get into difficulty in the pool; they wouldn’t normally have to work on anyone who was choking, but Caroline knew what to do and was able to do it,” added Samantha.
The Great Western Greenway in Mayo has been named as the Irish winner of the European Destination of Excellence Award.
The former Newport to Mulranny railway line opened last summer as a tourist trail for cycling and walking trips.
The Great Western Greenway is a 42 km walking and cycling route that mainly follows the line of the once renowned Midland Great Western Railway Line which was abandoned in 1937. The route links Newport and Mulranny and crosses some of the most idyllic scenery in the West of Ireland.
The EU competition looked at heritage sites that had been regenerated into Eco-friendly tourist attractions.
Fáilte Ireland invested €160,000 in turning the derelict railway line into an 18km greenway.
The trail attracted up to 700 visitors a day during the recent Easter break.
Welcoming the announcement, Minister of State Michael Ring said the project had come about with the agreement of local landowners, who have allowed access to the route through their lands. He said the trail was now generating extra visitors, revenues and jobs for Co Mayo.
Fáilte Ireland has allocated an extra €1.6m to extend the current route to Achill and Westport. The new sections are due to open in June.
The Castlecourt Hotel Reaches the Stars!
The Castlecourt Hotel recently celebrated being awarded the 4 Star Classification from Failte Ireland. To achieve its 4 Stars the hotel recently underwent a comprehensive process of inspection by Failte Ireland. All areas of the operation had to meet the 4 star standards for cleanliness, maintenance, cuisine, hospitality and for the quality of physical facilities and delivery of services.
“We are delighted receive our 4 Star status” said Joe Corcoran, who owns the hotel along with his sister Anne. It is a testament to the hotels award-winning service and attention to detail which we aim to deliver each and every day”. He added “The star ratings reflect the overall quality of the experience that each guests receives. It has always been our objective to offer a minimum 4 star approach to everything we do at the hotels, and this will continue.”
The Castlecourt Hotel is also celebrating 4 decades in business this July. Established 40 years ago in 1971 by Mai and Petie Joe Corcoran as an 11 bedroom hotel, today it has a total of 153 bedrooms and is one of the busiest hotels in the country with an average occupancy year on year of 85%. “We have managed to remain extremely competitive in the current economic climate through our pricing and as a result we have maintained our staffing levels of over 200 all year round which alleviates seasonality within the hotel. The key to the success of the Castlecourt Hotel is a mix of our wonderful team of staff and a top quality product. This is clearly evident in all areas of the hotel from the top quality cuisine prepared by Head Chef Alain Gaulier to our luxurious accommodation to the lively music and traditional ambiance in Petie Joe’s Bar. “There is a fantastic can do spirit to provide the best possible hotel experience for the customer and much emphasis is placed on recruiting the right people for the hotel” added, Anne Corcoran.