Veteran rugby player donates defibrillator to heart of his sporting community

Jim Frain, Letterkenny Gaels GAA, Michael McGinty, Letterkenny Rugby Club and Jeremy Worth, Donegal Orthodontics
Jeremy Worth, a veteran player with Letterkenny Rugby Club and an honorary Life Club Member, who still plays occasional 2nds or veteran matches, has been sponsoring and supporting the Letterkenny Rugby Club for over 20 years.

Jeremy Worth, a veteran player with Letterkenny Rugby Club and an honorary Life Club Member, who still plays occasional 2nds or veteran matches, has been sponsoring and supporting the Letterkenny Rugby Club for over 20 years.

Jeremy along with Robert Love was instrumental in bringing the “All Blacks” to Letterkenny Rugby Club and Donegal in 2005.

“I am delighted to be part of such a great sporting community like the Letterkenny Rugby Club and having my own business, Donegal Orthodontics based in Ballyraine, Letterkenny, allows me to continue to provide support to the club and give something back to my local community.

“When the Letterkenny Gaels and the Letterkenny Rugby Club joined forces to build an absolutely outstanding community and sporting facility on the outskirts of Letterkenny at the Glebe and Dave Gallaher Memorial Park, I thought it fitting being in the healthcare and medical industry, to donate a Defibrillator to both clubs.

“I am delighted that today it is officially installed and could possibly help someone in need and may save a life”, says Jeremy.

“I am delighted that both the players and visitors of the Letterkenny Rugby Club and the Letterkenny Gaels GAA can both benefit from this”..

“Fit young sportsmen can occasionally collapse with SADS (sudden adult death syndrome) with tragic consequences. Older players are at risk of Cardio Vascular Disease, which is Ireland’s biggest killer with in the region of 10,000 deaths each year. 6,000 are from sudden cardiac arrest and 70% of these occur outside of hospital.

“It is imperative that in todays busy sporting world, sports clubs and organisations are equipped and prepared to respond to these types of emergencies.”Hopefully this will never be needed!”

Speaking on behalf of both the Letterkenny Rugby Club and Letterkenny Gaels, Michael McGinty and Jim Frain said they were delighted to accept this defibrillator on behalf of their clubs, players and members and extended a huge thanks to Jeremy for his generous donation and ongoing support. An official launch will be held soon.