HEARTBEAT: Brendan McCarthy from HeartBeat Killarney Kerry Cardiac Support Group pictured with his wife Anne and daughter Geraldine O’Neill.


By Michelle Crean


Local life-saving group HeartBeat Killarney Kerry have launched a brand new website this week to appeal to a younger audience.

The voluntary cardiac support group, founded 15 years ago by Billy O’Sullivan and Kay Karim, had an online presence but only on Facebook.

Their new site www.kerryhearts.ie, created by Tony Dunne of Kingdom Media, will be kept up-to-date with plenty of news and events.

The Killarney based group helps those with heart disease or who have had a cardiac event or stroke in their lives.

They meet on the last Monday of every month, except July and December, at 8pm in the Serenity Centre next to the Killarney Parish Hall, just off St Anne’s Road.It is run by heart patients and people who have experienced cardiac or stroke events as well as carers, with an objective to help people return to living as full a life as possible.

“We have information relating to heart health and how to recognise stroke and heart attacks, what to do in events of cardiac arrest, locations of nearby AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) and support available that can help people to make the best plan for their heart,” Billy O’Sullivan said.

“We also have a news section and an events calendar for any meetings, heart related programmes, workshops and events etc., and a useful contacts section for local pharmacies, hospitals. The reason we set up the website is that younger people tend to use the internet more now. And we’re linked into Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.”