Irish Country Living first reported on the Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) Air Ambulance last May. Back then, the helicopter was sitting idle, but it took to the air in July 2019. It provides a vital lifesaving service, offering fast access to advanced medical interventions by highly trained medics.

Critically, the ICRR Air Ambulance can bring the casualty to the hospital that best suits their life-saving needs, not just the closest geographically. Operating from their base at Rathcoole Aerodrome in north Cork, the air ambulance can cover a 25,000km2 area within 20 minutes of emergency medical care. That area covers most of the southwest.