The Solo Sail Ireland community defibrillation fund was established with the proceeds of fundraising undertaken by Richard Hayes, who completed a solo sail around Ireland in 2018. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to communities wishing to establish a community access defibrillation programme. Successful applicants will be awarded financial support towards the purchase of a defibrillator and towards the training of voluntary First Responders.

To receive an award from this fund, you must firstly make an application.  All applications will then be reviewed and you will be notified if you have been approved for an award. Once approved, you must lodge the specified sum in one instalment.

A successful award provides you with a defibrillator, external storage cabinet and training of six volunteer first responders at a cost to you of €1,800 (normal cost €2,550), thus representing a saving to you of €750.

To Apply:

  • Download Application Form
  • Fill-in, sign
  • Scan and Email or Post back to Croí
    • Email to:
    • Post to: Croi Heart & Stroke Centre, Moyola Lane, Newcastle, Galway, H91 FF68

Last year, Richard Hayes sailed around Ireland in a laser dinghy weighing less than 60kg to raise funds for Croí. After 54 days and 1,600 miles travelled, Richard arrived back in Galway Bay and became the first person to have completed such a feat! In total, he raised €11,270 in support of Croí which helped to fund defibrillators across communities in Ireland.

Thank you, Richard! From all at Croí.
Thank you, Richard! From all at Croí.