Bank Backing Heart Training

Bank of Ireland has used its relationship with Leinster Rugby to call on some big-name support in the launch of an important new health initiative involving Irish schools.

The CPR 4 schools programme is designed for post-primary schools and equips teachers with the skills to deliver CPR training to teach their students. It is run by the Irish Heart Foundation and backed by Bank of Ireland who brought Leinster and Ireland stars Rob Kearney, Robbie Henshaw and Sean O’Brien to the launch.

70 percent of cardiac arrests happen in the home and the chances of recovery decrease by 10% for every minute that proper care isn’t administered. The programme will be rolled out nationwide and by 2019, 72 percent of post-primary schools will have been trained.

The Irish Heart Foundation’s expert CPR 4 Schools team deliver training via education centres to teachers who are then provided with an online programme which can be taught effectively in the classroom.

In addition, the Irish Heart Foundation provides schools with free kits worth €600 which consist of training manikins to encourage hands-on practice.

“We are delighted to launch the CPR 4 Schools programme in association with Bank of Ireland,” said Basic Life Support expert Brigid Sinnott.

Number One Killer

“Schools are an ideal setting to reach all young people to help reduce the incidence of premature death and disability from heart disease and stroke which is Ireland’s number one killer.”

“This programme teaches students to recognise cardiac arrest early, listen to the ambulance dispatcher, perform CPR and know how to use an AED. By starting CPR immediately in an incident of cardiac arrest, the victim’s chance of survival can be doubled.”

“We are delighted to be rolling out the CPR 4 schools programme free of charge to train the next generation of lifesavers who will be able to respond to such emergencies.”

“We are delighted to partner with the Irish Heart Foundation in assisting with the rollout of this training programme across schools throughout Ireland,” added Bank of Ireland Head of CSR Audrey Nolan.

“It’s a fantastic way to help equip our young people with the knowledge base required to know that they can make a difference and help save lives in an emergency situation.”

To register post-primary teachers are encouraged to visit or email

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