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Schull's new wheelchair accessible bus is welcomed

November 19th, 2015 9:55 PM

By Jackie Keogh

County Mayor Cllr John Paul O Shea joins Cllr Michael Collins to unveil the new bus. (Photo: Tom Newman)

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A WHEELCHAIR Connect Bus was officially unveiled at Schull’s state-of-the-art community hospital on Sunday, as an appeal for more drivers was launched.

For years, the Friends of Schull Community Hospital have been collecting funds to bring the bricks and mortar at the 21-bed local hospital up to the highest possible standard, and now they are going mobile.

The wheelchair accessible bus, a Renault eight-seater, high top, will augment Cancer Connect, which Independent Cllr and Friends committee chairman, Michael Collins, described as ‘a truly incredible service that is being provided to the people of West Cork on a daily basis.’

The hospital committee friends – including Elizabeth Attridge, Nellie Cotter, Penny Hart, Eilish Lavelle, Nora O’Regan, Michael Barnett, John Barry, Pat McCarthy, Michael McCarthy, Denis O’Neill, Jerry Quinlan and Michael Collins – are now appealing for volunteer drivers.

Mayor John Paul O’Shea (Ind) officially launched the bus last Sunday. 

And Fr Alan O’Leary and Rev Trevor Lester were there to bless it in the presence of more than a hundred people who were proud to see the new bus service dedicated to the memory of Keith McAuliffe, who passed away on March 30th 2013. 

Ben and Sheila McAuliffe, who are from Kanturk, attended the event and were happy to see the bus that had been used exclusively by their son going to Schull Community Hospital.

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