16 December 2017

Renault donates seven Kadjars to help save lives

Renault Ireland has donated seven Renault Kadjar crossovers to the Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) vehicle fleet at a handover at UCD School of Medicine, writes Trish Whelan.

Irish Community Rapid Response is a registered charity which was founded by social entrepreneur John Kearney in 2008 to deliver professional pre-hospital emergency care directly to the site of emergencies throughout Ireland.

As part of its CSR programme, Renault Ireland is a committed supporter of ICRR and its mission, and this donation will greatly impact ICRR’s volunteer doctors on the road in providing professional pre-hospital emergency care to those in life-threatening emergencies.

The donation of the cars, valued at €250,000, will double the total number of Rapid Response Vehicles operating throughout Ireland. Six of the new vehicles are equipped with 4x4 capabilities and all are complete with built-in satellite navigation systems to meet the needs of ICRR service providers. These new vehicles will operate in Clare, Dublin, Kilkenny/Waterford, Laois/Offaly, Mayo and Roscommon.

The ICRR RRVs are declared National Ambulance Service (NAS) assets and are tasked to life-threatening emergencies via the 999/112 system. ICRR also supports almost 200 other doctors responding to emergencies in their communities at local level. Overall, ICRR volunteer doctors responded to almost 1,000 calls in 2017.

Patrick Magee, Country Operations Manager Renault Ireland said at the handover “We are delighted to be able to assist this fantastic service which has saved so many lives around the country since 2008. It’s an amazing operation and we know that by providing our seven Renault Kadjars, ICRR’s reach will be expanded to so many more parts of the country.”

He wished all the ICRR staff who drive the new Kadjars safe journeys on their missions.

John Kearney, CEO of ICRR said “This is a big milestone in our journey at ICRR. I want to acknowledge Patrick Magee and his extended team at Renault Ireland for their help in assisting the expansion of this successful life-saving service.”

Pictured above at the handover of the seven Renault Kadjars are: Dr Tom├ís Barry (South Dublin), Mark Dixon (Advanced Paramedic – Clare), Dr Niall Conroy (Dublin/Meath), Dr Sean O’Rourke (Laois/Offaly), Dr Helen Connolly (Waterford/Kilkenny), Dr Mark Ruddy (South Dublin), Professor Gerry Bury (UCD).

Liz O’Gorman, Marketing Manager, Renault Ireland; and John Kearney CEO ICRR, are pictured below.



VW Dealership delivers cheer to LauraLynn

Frank Keane Volkswagen and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland embraced the spirit of Christmas with an extra special delivery to LauraLynn, just in time for Christmas, writes Trish Whelan.

the team at Frank Keane Volkswagen specially decorated a VW Amarok transforming the vehicle into Santa’s sleigh and packed it full of gifts and supplies for the children and their families to enjoy at LauraLynn.

LauraLynn provides a range of services including symptom management for children; music and play therapy; psychological support; family and sibling camps; short breaks and end of life care. Care can be availed of in the hospice in Leopardstown, at hospital, in the community, or in the family home, depending on the child and family’s preference. It provides vital bereavement supports to families after they have lost a child. It also undertakes research into the relatively new area of children’s palliative care.

Claire Shiels of LauraLynn said “We are thrilled with the support and generosity of Frank Keane Volkswagen. their gifts will make a significant impact on our Therapeutic programmes for the children here at LauraLynn for 2018. Thank you Frank Keane Volkswagen!”

Ger Colwell, Frank Keane Volkswagen said “We believe that all children who have been affected by serious illness should get to enjoy their childhood, especially around Christmas time. LauraLynn is a great organisation and our donation is only a small token which we hope contributes towards LauraLynn’s cause. We made a commitment a few years ago that we would make an annual donation to charities who make the lives of children better, and we are delighted to be here at LauraLynn today.”


13 December 2017

Mercedes opens orders in Germany for new CLS

Mercedes-Benz in Germany has opened its order books for the new third generation CLS 4-door coupe, writes Brian Byrne.

The car will be delivered to its first customers in March of next year. In Germany prices start at €62,127.

Engines availability include two 3.0 diesels and a 3.0 petrol, all with 4WD, and ranging in power from 210hp-340hp.

There are AMG-Line and Edition 1 option grades.




Families test Volvo autonomous cars

Volvo has begun a programme of autonomous cars testing on the streets of Gothenburg, by local families who will drive the specially equipped XC90 SUVs in what is called the 'Drive Me' project, writes Brian Byrne.

The first two families have already taken delivery of their cars, and over the next four years up to 100 people will have been involved in the project. Engineers will monitor their everyday use and interaction with the car, as they drive to work, bring children to school or go shopping for groceries.

During these first stages, the families will keep their hands on the steering wheel and supervise the driving at all times when using their cars. But, over time, all participants in the Drive Me project will gradually be introduced to more advanced assisted-driving cars, after receiving special training. Even then, testing these more advanced cars will initially take place in controlled environments with supervision from a Volvo Cars safety expert. No technology will ever be introduced if there is any question over its safety.

Volvo plans to have fully autonomous cars commercially available by 2021.






Kia Ireland sponsoring a running race series

Kia Ireland is sponsoring a new nationwide running race series through 2018 which will bring together seven established regional races and a new closed running event at Mondello Park, writes Brian Byrne.

The Kia Race Series will kick off in March with The Streets of Portlaoise 5k with the finale event in Mondello Park organised in September by Pop Up Races.

The Kia Race Series is encouraging Ireland’s best male and female distance athletes to compete against each other, with a new Kia Stonic up for grabs for both the overall male and female winner of the series.

To be eligible to win the series, runners must take part in five of the eight races including the finale. There is the added incentive of €7,000 bonus fund available for course records. The series also open to runners of all abilities from elite to club to weekend warriors with all those who take part in the series receiving a commentative t-shirt. For more details and to enter on-line go to kiaraceseries.com.

Pictured at the launch of the series are Catherina McKiernan and Mick Clohisey, with James Brooks, MD of Kia Ireland.