Ireland’s first community air ambulance has landed in Kerry Airport.
Irish Community Rapid Response, a charity dedicated to pre-hospital care, is running the service in co-operation with the HSE National Ambulance Service.
The air ambulance is expected to respond up to 500 calls per year, and bring the population of a 10,000 square mile area within 20 minutes of critical medical care.
The helicopter, which will be based in Cork, will enter full-time daylight hours service next month.
The service will cost €2 million to run annually and will be funded through community and donor contributions.