Garda saves child’s life

The mother of a baby whose life was saved by quick-thinking gardaí has reached out to extend her gratitude.

Baby Holly was only nine days old when she got into breathing difficulty and was brought to Ennis garda station by her parents, Amanda Carmody and Michael Coughlin.

Amanda praised the efforts of Garda Patrick McCormack (pictured below), who met the family when they arrived at the station and called an ambulance.

She was especially grateful for the efforts of Garda Ken Butler, who is attached to the Divisional Roads Policing unit and is a trained paramedic.

Garda Butler performed two rounds of back slaps on baby Holly, while also administering oxygen through a tube from a first aid kit. After the second round of back slaps, baby Holly stopped choking.


“He was fantastic, did great work,” Amanda said. “He was out of this world. If it wasn’t for him we don’t know what would have happened the poor baby.”

She praised everyone at the garda station for their help.

The event gave the family an awful fright, Amanda said, but thankfully baby Holly has since made a full recovery and is doing well.


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