ARU Blogs — Seán Flynn

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Faculty:Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Allied Health

Course: BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

Before being accepted on our Paramedic Science course, mature student Seán worked as a journalist for more than a decade and covered stories in London, Northern Ireland, Egypt and Afghanistan. Among other things, he has been a prison visitor, a police station representative, a roofer, a chef and a rural Irish postman. The worst job he ever had was recycling pornography in a Bermondsey paper mill.

Seán comes from a family with strong links to the healthcare profession; his father is an Irish country GP and two of his sisters are occupational therapist working in the UK while another is a geriatric nurse on the Irish west coast. It was perhaps inevitable in some ways therefore that he would eventually return to the ‘family business’.

This is not Seán’s first degree and he has studied English, Philosophy and Human Rights law both in Ireland and the UK. He writes his own blog – The Rusty Wire Service – covering politics, economics and satire and he is also an occasional writer of fiction.

An avid fan of ‘the Sweet Science’, until recently Seán trained regularly in a London boxing gym and his new year’s resolution is to return to training even if he’s too old now to box competitively.

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22 May 2017

The first tranche of placement – for me at least – passed in a whirlwind of baby delivery, a hit-and-run with HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) on scene, a veritable plethora of DIBs (Difficulty in Breathing)… Read more…

1 March 2017

Being a first year Paramedic Science student sometimes has an air of make-believe about it. We dress proudly in uniform for skills classes but we are by and large untested. And sometimes – particularly now, just ahead of placement – the restlessness this generates is practically palpable. Read more…


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