21 Dec

DD Motoring: Remembering the role of Donegal’s ambulance drivers

first_imgDD Motoring correspondent Brian McDaid looks at the historical and very important role of ambulance drivers in Donegal.A small Donegal crest stitched to a pilgrim’s backpack on the road in the recent Camino Walk was the link that got two strangers talking.The one with the crest had it as a memory of her childhood growing up in Donegal, where her father’s profession brought his family to live in Letterkenny. Advertisement The other walker, Rosaleen, a native of the town tried in vain to remember the family but nothing was coming to mind.Both walkers about to head on their separate ways, the lady with the Donegal crest suggested the maybe they didn’t live that long in Letterkenny and that possibly was why she couldn’t remember her family.James Molloy pictured at the front door of his home at No3 Rosemunt Lane who was Letterkenny’s first Ambulance driver.“Possibly’ Roseleen replied, feeling slightly deflated, Rosaleen asked. ‘So where did you move to then?’, Ah just out as far as Newtown,” was the stranger’s reply, ‘Newtown –Cunnigham’ Rosaleen replied, “Newtowncunnigham,” Rosaleen said quietly to herself. ‘Now, I know you’.It was the key to open a memory that Roseleen forgot she had. Here she was far from home on the Camino de Santiago, sometimes known in English as the “Way of Saint James” and Rosaleen has remembered another James from her childhood memory growing up in Letterkenny, that of her late father, James Molloy. Advertisement James Molloy was an ambulance driver employed by the Donegal County Council to drive the first motorised ambulance to come to Letterkenny way back in the 1920s in the days of the old Fever and District hospitals in the town.When an emergency call came into the old Letterkenny District Hospital in the middle of the night Dr. JP McGinley would be contacted who lived nearby on the New Line Rd. and then someone was sent on foot down to No 3 Rosemount Lane to get James Molloy. He then would rush up to the old District hospital on foot and fired up the engine with a starting handle on the old Ford Model Y Ambulance.On his arrival back to the hospital especially in the middle of the night with staff off duty the late Dr. McGinley would be out waiting for the ambulance at the front door of the Old district hospital (near to where Mac’s Mace is now) to give James a hand to carry the stretcher up the flight of stairs to the front door of the hospital.Patsy Molloy on his day of his retirement as Donegal Ambulance controller pictured with fellow Letterkenny based Ambulance drivers. Photo Brian McDaid.If an emergency operation was required James would then set off in the ambulance to Newtowncunnigham where the hospital’s anaesthetist lived. This was the memory that Rosaleen recall to her new-found friend on the Camino walk of their two fathers working together all them years again Letterkenny District HospitalRosaleen, (now McCool living in Stranorlar) was the youngest of six children in James and Annie Molloy’s family. They both were from Letterkenny Annie was McCafferty from the Port Rd. Both met in Scotland where they went in search of work, they returned to Letterkenny and set up home at No3 on the Majors Lane just off Upper Main Street also known as Rosemount Lane. James worked for a drinks distributor on the Main St up a lane way behind where Nee’s drapers once was, before he got a job driving the Ambulance in Letterkenny. In an interview for Donegal Daily at the weekend, Rosaleen recalled her memories of growing up in Letterkenny and how her father’s life revolved around his devotion to the responsibility that was entrusted to him when he was the only ambulance driver in his home town.Big TopIn the earlier years Rosaleen recalls here father routine of working as an ambulance driver went there was no time off at all, even though he went to work in the morning and came back in the evening, he might not be no sooner in the door than someone landed at their front door looking for him to go back on a call.A new Donegal registered Ambulance ZP 3331 back in the 1950’s which with both James and Patsy Molloy drove.She even remembers him going to the Duffy Circus with them in Callaghan’s Fields just off the Port Rd. and they would be no sooner in the seats when the Circus master would announce ‘Ladies and Gentle Men, Boys and Girls’ if James Molloy is in the audience can he please make himself known to our staff, and that would be her father away on a call. Roseleen recalled that wasn’t unusual to see her father leaving Rosemount to go to a call on a winters night with a shovel over his shoulder which he would take with him in the ambulance in case he would get snowed in on a call out and would have to dig himself out to get his patient to the hospital in Lettekenny.He father would seldom talk about his job and the difficult journey he would make over his life as an ambulance driver in them early years in Donegal. On a lighter note he often shared the story of a young Donegal fellow who lived in a very remote part of the county who was sent to Dublin for treatment. On the road up he ended up sitting in the front with James and looked with amazement at the crowds of people walking up and down O’Connell St. ‘Man be a fair on today sir with that crowd about’ was his assessment to James of his first view of the capital.In 1953 James’ son Patsy, who started his driving career in a bread van and then a bus for the GNR from Pettigo to Lough Derg was appointed as an ambulance driver at the old district hospital in Killybegs.Patsy Molloy on his day of his retirement as Donegal Ambulance controller pictured with fellow Letterkenny based Ambulance drivers. Photo Brian McDaid.Now both father and son were on the road in their respective district hospitals in Donegal and a picture of a brand new V8 ambulance ZP 3331 which went on the road in the early 1950’s that both father and son drove at different times. James was still working as a driver until he was 66 and suffered a heart attack. He retired in May in 1959 with 30 years service and sadly died that same year six months later on the 15th of November.His funeral had a huge attendance in Conwal, and as an Old IRA member his fellow comrades formed a guard of honour and carried his Tricolour covered coffin for the last part of his journey. Military honours were rendered at the graveside when three volleys were fired over his coffin under the command of Hugh McGrath, Captain in command of the Letterkenny company of the Old IRA, and the last post was sounded by bugler Kevin Dillion.1,000,000 miles and no accidentsIt was reported at the time that the Late James Molloy had travelled over 1,000,000 miles in his role as an ambulance driver and over his 30 years never had an accident, He started out driving an old Ford Model Y and had travelled to every county in Ireland in them early days of emergency transport. This most courteous and careful driver with a million miles under his belt had a ‘Golden Rule for the Road’ which now seems so ahead of his time considering that he passed away over 60 years ago. James Molloy’s Golden Rule was simple “IF YOU DRIVE DON’T DRINK”.James Molloy one of the first Ambulance driver based in Letterkenny.Handing on the BatonI’m sure James Molloy in his final years looked on at the progress of work at the building of new Letterkenny General Hospital but sadly never lived long enough to see it up and running. His son patsy did and moved from Killybegs to take up the position of Ambulance Driver at Letterkenny General Hospital, Patsy took up a very unique role as he also was the first and only ambulance to have his family home within the grounds of the hospital. His family lived in a small single storey flat roof house at the entrance to the main entrance to Letterkenny General hospital known as the ‘gatehouse’Early Sat Nav SystemThe wasn’t a road or a lane in Donegal that Patsy didn’t know and over the years many a new doctor on call would call over to Patsy’s house for directions on their way to a call out the country.Like Patsy’s father James, they were all too aware of what an emergency call could throw up and with poor communications because of hills blocking radio receptions in Donegal, Patsy sometimes used a back up system of navigation for ambulance driver going to a difficult to find address, this involved team work with the doctor who would be called out first especially if they were going up unsignposted country lanes, the doctor would tie off a small strip of white bandage to a tree which would be a signal for the ambulance driver to turn off the road at the junction it was placed. Many a patient’s house was located by this simple system when all the other technology didn’t work. Patsy lived in the gate house at the hospital for 16 years before moving to Glencar. In 1980 he was appointed ambulance controller for all of Co Donegal, which was his job for the next 8 years, Then on the 14th of December 1988 her retied from the service after 35 years of service.Jimmy Sweeney pictured receiving the keys of the Ambulance from Co Donegal Ambulance Controller, Patsy Molloy on the occasion of his retirement, Photo Brian McDaid.That day of his retirement with fellow Letterkenny based drivers like Dominic Doherty, Johnny Walsh, Henry Murray, Bill Good ,Paddy Curran and Jimmy Sweeney to name but a few he symbolically handed over the keys of an ambulance, a Ford Transit, a far cry from the original Ford Model Y that his father started out on all those years before the Father and son gave 68 years service to the sick and incapacitated. Not alone did they both serve as ambulance drivers, they were there to lend a sympathetic ear, they were the patients’ friend, their councillor to patients on very difficult journeys.James Molloy’s daughter Rosaleen, and her brother Patsy’s children Michael and Antoinette and nephew Pascal Blake all made it possible for us to recall the memory of what both this father and son did in their dedication to the service over the years they held on to the old photos and the clippings from newspapers which made it possible for us to remember them both this week.A model Y Ford , believed to be one of the first Ambulance in Donegal IH 482 pictured with nursing staff beside it in the 1920’sDD Motoring: Remembering the role of Donegal’s ambulance drivers was last modified: December 5th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

21 Dec

Half-time: Fulham 1 Leeds United 0

first_imgMoussa Dembele’s 24th-minute goal put Fulham ahead at Craven Cottage.Dembele went past Leeds captain Sol Bamba and fired underneath keeper Marco Silvestri – the striker’s fourth goal of the season.Fulham had looked dangerous early on and Ross McCormack, playing against his former club, fired wide of the near post.At the other end, Joe Lewis, playing in place of the injured Andy Lonergan, was called into action to keep out a shot from former Brentford midfielder Stuart Dallas.Leeds, in their first match under new manager Steve Evans, had plenty of possession after going behind but struggled to create clear-cut chances before finishing the half strongly.Lewis Cook tried his luck with a long-range effort which on-loan keeper Lewis comfortably held.Lewis produced another save two minutes before the interval, this time to deny Gaetano Berardi.And in the final seconds of the half, Bamba missed a chance to equalise when he headed over at the far post from Luke Murphy’s right-wing free-kick.Fulham: Lewis, Richards, Stearman, Burn, Garbutt, Christensen, Tunnicliffe, O’Hara, Pringle, McCormack, Dembele.Subs: Rodack, Hutchinson, Fredericks, Parker, Kacaniklic, Husband, Woodrow.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

15 Dec

A Visual History Of The Last 20 Years Of Open Source Code

first_imgdan rowinski 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts The rise in popularity of modern connected computing can be traced to the late 1980s and early 1990s. The personal computer and later the World Wide Web combined to create an unprecedented explosion in the availability of information and the ability to immediately connect to our fellow humans. To the layman, it may seem like magic. But to the people who actually built these systems, using programming languages to manipulate how computers, servers, the Web and other services function just as they were meant to.Most of these programming languages are open, meaning that anybody can use them and add to their functionality. But just as computing has significantly evolved in the last 20 years, so too have the programming languages that developers use to make those computers work. Nothing is static, everything is always evolving. For instance, did you know that one of the most popular open source programming languages in 1993 was Emacs Lisp? For those of you that have never heard of an Emacs, it is a text editor very popular created by free-software guru Richard Stallman that is used among the Linux developer crowd. Because of its extensibility, a lot of programmers use it to create code, because there aren’t a lot of full-fledged integrated developer environments (IDEs) for Linux and what few there are tend to be eschewed. Emacs Lisp is a derivative of the older Lisp programming language. The C programming language was the most popular open source code in 1993 with 51% of total commits in the first quarter that year. Make, a utility that automatically builds executable programs and libraries from source code for Unix developers, was used by 6% of developers in 1993.In the first quarter of 2013, Java was the most used open source code with 12%. C++ registered 11% while HTML had 10%.All of these open source programming languages would have influence on what was to come. C has influenced the evolution of languages like C++, Python, Javascript and Perl. Java helped form the foundations for C# while Python has influenced Ruby. The evolution will continue. In 1993 there were nearly 40 open source programming languages. In 2013 there are almost 100 and new ideas are being created every day. Check out the infographic from mobile cloud services company Kinvey charting the last 20 years of open source code. Data for the infographic was pooled from Ohloh.net and Black Duck Software. Kinvey notes:We were able to visualize the percentage of total commits in a given quarter for the top 16 programming languages from 1993 until today. We hope you’ll find this image—a provocative pattern of dips and spikes—to be as interesting as we do. It truly shows how dynamic the world of programming is. We’ve also included a few graphs on other interesting data points: total number of languages by year, average lines of code per commit, and tracking which languages influenced the development of others. Tags:#Open Source#programming language How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Top image of Open Cola, an open source soft drink, courtesy Wikipedia Commons Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

15 Dec

A new era of airline Darwinism, with AI accelerating natural selection

first_imgAI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Stephen Pratt Tags:#AI#airlines#Artifical intelligence#Internet of Things#IoT Related Posts center_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Noodle.ai, a San Francisco based AI software applications company, recently developed the Noodle AI Index for Airlines.  The index shows evidence that airlines that learn best, broaden their view externally, and use algorithms to better predict the future, outperform those that focus their gaze internally and look only to the past. How the index worksThe Noodle AI Index examines AI adoption (X-axis) vs. the growth in value of the airline (Y-axis).  AI adoption is quantified through analysis of skills, focus, and public commitment to the three pillars of AI: learning algorithms, supercomputing technology, and data engineering.  Stock performance is calculated as the five-year change of stock price vs. the airline industry average.What does this tell us about Airline Darwinism?Airlines are operationally-intensive data-rich environments that traditionally have been managed looking largely at internal historical data analyzed by static algorithms. This approach limits the capacity to manage critical forecast-intensive operations like revenue management, fleet maintenance, inventory management, route planning, and customer loyalty offers. Enterprise AI is an opportunity to scale human expertise and find patterns beyond human capability. See also: How to use emotion AI for all the right reasons Learning algorithms flourish when combining large amounts of internal, external, structured and unstructured data. The effects of AI on airlines steadily will increase.  Channeling Darwin, AI entering airline operations is more likely to be a natural selection process for the industry rather than a sudden Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event.  Nonetheless, the battle to be the most adaptable is amping up. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

29 Nov

Greek match postponed after coach injured by toilet roll

first_imgPAOK are the league leaders and have a nine-point advantage over third-place Olympiakos, which have won the last seven straight league titles.Aretopoulos was finishing his report with the match most likely to be officially suspended leading to a possible heavy punishment for PAOK, which may include a loss of points as well as a fine.                 /kga Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gilas five repeats over Japan Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES View comments The incident prompted the Olympiakos team to leave the pitch in protest before riots erupted outside the ground.“I took my team and left. Goodbye,” angry Olympiakos vice-president and general director Savvas Theodoridis told referee Alexandros Aretopoulos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, PAOK communications director Kyriakos Kyriakos said: “It was obvious that Olympiakos came here with that goal (to suspend the match). They have been provoking for 30 years now. They came to scream and to provoke.”Angry PAOK fans leaving the stadium then clashed with police who used tear gas to quell the violence. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PAOK’s supporters throw toilet rolls and other projectiles prior to the Greek Super League match between Olympiakos and PAOK on February 25, 2018 at the Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki. The Greek Super League match Olympiakos versus PAOK  was postponed after Olympiakos’ Spanish coach Oscar Garcia was hit in the face by a roll of toilet paper. (AFP PHOTO / SAKIS MITROLIDIS)The Greek Super League derby between PAOK Thessaloniki and Olympiakos was called off on Sunday after Olympiakos coach Oscar Garcia was struck in the face by a toilet roll thrown by a spectator minutes before kick-off.Garcia left Toumba Stadium and brought to a local hospital to seek treatment for a bloodied lip. Police are guarding Garcia’s room and the hospital has not issued a statement on his condition.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuslast_img read more