Fire units and Coillte helicopters attend Kilworth forest fire

Cork North and East Civil Defence thanked their colleagues in the City's drone unit for their assistance on Tuesday in Kilworth. (Picture: Cork North and East Civil Defence)

Mitchelstown Fire Brigade attended the scene of a forest fire in Kilworth on Tuesday afternoon, where they assisted the Fermoy unit. The fire was also attended by two helicopters from Coillte, and the Cork City Civil Defence drone unit. 

When contacted by The Avondhu, the Defence Forces confirmed that they had reported the fire, and were not impacted by it. However, they declined to confirm if they knew how it had started, and directed the query to An Gardaí, who stated they had no report of an incident in the area.

During the week, the Mitchelstown Fire unit were also called to an ambulance assist last Thursday afternoon, as well as a road traffic collision in Glanworth at 3pm on Saturday between a car and a motorbike. There were no life-threatening injuries reported.

Another road collision received the unit’s attention on Saturday evening at about 10pm, near the mountain barrackes. Two cars collided, with five people affected. There were injuries, but again, thankfully nothing life threatening.


A church gate collection will be held for the Mitchelstown Fire Unit this Sunday at Masses in town and in the local villages. Your support is much appreciated.


The Mitchelstown Fire Unit would like to extend their condolences to the family of the late Eileen O’Brien, who was a telephone operator with the fire services for 20 years. The wife of past crew member and sub-officer Tom O’Brien, she is survived by her husband, daughters and extended family.