Conor Nolan – Collinstown Hero

On the 19th of December, Conor Nolan a fifth-year student in Collinstown Park saved a young girl’s life in The Mill Shopping Centre, Clondalkin.

News filtered through the school slowly as Conor very modestly did not share the information with his fellow students. I sat down with Conor on Friday to ask him about the event and what followed was a fascinating and jaw-dropping story of true heroism. 

“I was on my way to work when I saw a crowd gathered around outside Costa Coffee”, Conor works in Clondalkin Leisure Centre as a lifeguard. 

As he walked over to see what was happening, it became apparent that a little girl was lying on the ground in critical condition. Conor checked to see if she was ok, and found that she wasn’t breathing. “I am a qualified Cardiac First Responder, I showed the people helping the girl my card, then called the ambulance and began doing CPR on the girl”. Conor was not asked by anyone to do this but rather stood up when others were panicking. “I did this until the fire brigade arrived and the chief took over. I assisted him until the ambulance arrived.”

The girl spent five days on life support, after multiple heart operations survived, and left the hospital after two months. In the picture, you can see how she came to visit Conor at work, hugged him and thanked him for helping her.

Conor has been invited to Dublin Castle for an award to recognise his bravery and calmness during the ordeal. Collinstown is proud of him for his heroic deeds.

Karolis Pocius – TY Press

Conor meeting the young girl