UP IN THE AIR: Seán O’Riordan presented €7,000 to Irish Community Rapid Response crew last week.

By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney school teacher has raised a staggering €7,000 for the Millstreet based Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) helicopter. Rathmore man Seán O’Riordan teaches at Holy Cross Mercy Primary School on New Road.

In November he ran 150km to raise funds for the emergency helicopter that is funded entirely by charity donations and without Government assistance. He also grew a Movember moustache for the charity.

The two efforts raised €7,000 which he handed over to staff of the service this week.

“I got great support from my colleagues at Holy Cross,” Seán, who plays Gaelic football for the Rathmore club, told the Killarney Advertiser. “My GAA club and the Rathmore community were very good. A huge thanks to everyone who donated.”

Only last month the helicopter came to the assistance of a motorcyclist who was involved in a road traffic accident near Muckross and had to be transported to Cork University Hospital for medical treatment.