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Summer ‘Daylight Saving Time’ Begins 1.00 am Tomorrow Morn

Remember at 1.00am tomorrow morning, Sunday, our clocks here in Ireland will go forward by one hour, thus marking the official start of Irish Summer Time.

NPG x91747; William Willett by Elliott & Fry

William Willett

Daylight Saving Time is instigated annually here in Ireland so as to make better use of our natural occurring daylight. So by putting clocks forward one hour during the Summer and one hour back again in the Autumn, same can be achieved. These same actions reduce considerable unnecessary energy consumption, while also saving countless lives, since fewer accidents occur in the mornings when compared to our darker evenings.

Tomorrow morning in the European Union, all time zones will change at the same moment.

DST or ‘Daylight Savings Time’ has been in use throughout much of the world including the U.S.A., Canada and Europe since World War I, when it was first established by the ‘Summer Time Act’ in 1916. However between 1940 and until July 1945, (during the Second World War), clocks were not put back an hour at the end of ‘Summer Time’ in a bid to save both fuel and public finance.

The idea of attempting to not waste our daylight came about following a campaign by the Edwardian British builder William Willett who lived in Chislehurst, Kent, England (Great-great-grandfather of co-founder, lead singer and songwriter Chris Martin of the band ‘Coldplay.’), former who strongly promoted this idea of time change in 1907.  Annoyed by what he viewed as the continuous waste of daylight (Note Willett loved golfing in the evenings which may have also encouraged this notion of ‘Daylight Saving’.), he produced a promotional pamphlet called The Waste of Daylight.

During Willett’s own lifetime however no such change ever took place. It was not until one year, following his death from influenza at the age of 58, on March 4th 1915, that British Summer Time became a reality; beginning on May 21st 1916 and ending on October 1st, in an effort to improve output in factories and reduce the amount of coal used in particular for obtaining gas, used in public lighting.

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Death Of Margaret Ryan, Thurles Rd, Littleton

deathIt is with great sadness we learned today (Thursday 26th March 2015) of the death of Mrs Margaret RYAN (née Breen), Thurles Road, Littleton, Thurles, Tipperary.

Mrs Ryan passed away peacefully this morning in the Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles, surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs Ryan was predeceased by her husband Larry (Tab) and her passing is deeply regretted by her loving family, Billy, Martin, Mattie, Eileen, Mary, Larry (Fr. Joe), Margaret, Pat and Peter, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, partners, grandchildren, great-grandchild, brother Peter, sisters Nora and Chrissie, brother-in-law Danny, sister-in-law Maura, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Mrs Margaret Ryan’s body will repose at Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Upper Kickham Street, Dublin Road, Thurles, on Friday evening from 5.00pm to 8.00pm to arrive at St. Kevin’s Church, Littleton at 8.30pm.

Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday morning at 11.30am; followed by burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis. 

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National “SLOW DOWN” Day – Next Friday March 27th

gardaBe AWARE – “National SLOW DOWN Day”, supported by the Road Safety Authority and other stakeholders, will come into effect from 7.00am on March 27th to 7.00am on March 28th next.

An Garda Síochána will now conduct an intensive national speed enforcement operation for this 24 hour period.

The objective of Operation “Slow Down” is to reduce the number of speed related collisions and reduce the number of injuries and related deaths, caused by driving at excessive and inappropriate speeds on our rural roads and motorways.

Last year saw a further increase in road deaths, resulted in 190 fatalities. Excessive and inappropriate speed is the major contributory factor to road traffic collisions, resulting in loss of life. The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood is of a collision taking place.  As a general rule a 1% reduction in average speed brings about a 4% reduction in fatal collisions, and this is why reducing motorists’ speed is essential to improving our road safety record.

Invitation to Public and Private Sector Fleet Operators

Public and private sector fleet operators have been invited to participate in this initiative by circulating their employees with one key message, “Slow Down” and whether driving for business or private purposes; always drive within the prescribed speed limit and at a speed appropriate to the weather and other prevailing conditions.

This operation initiative will consist of high visibility speed enforcement activities on both national primary and secondary roads. All speed enforcement technologies will be fully utilised, including all laser hand-held speed detection devices, ROBOT vans and Cleartone/Puma in-car speed detection systems.

You have been warned!

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Hawk-Eye Technology Bound For Semple Stadium

GaaHawk-Eye score verification technology is expected to be up and running here in Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co Tipperary this summer, 2015, in time for the Munster SHC quarter-final between Clare and Limerick.

This technology was given the green light for installation in several major stadia outside Croke Park at last year’s GAA Congress.  However with Pairc Ui Chaoimh and Casement Park both undergoing complete reconstruction at present, this technology is expected to be undertaken at Semple Stadium first.

With a feasibility study of Semple Stadium now completed, it is expected  that this technology can be installed in time for the start of this summer’s Munster hurling championship, scheduled for the end of May initially, while using a temporary screen.

Semple Stadium will also host a Munster football quarter-final between Tipperary and Waterford, followed by a provincial hurling semi-final between Cork and Waterford before the second week of June, so for testing purposes alone, getting this technology up and running by May ‘s end would represent good planning.

This verification technology was called into use to decide the All-Ireland senior hurling final between Kilkenny and Tipperary last September 2014 in Croke Park Stadium, ruling that John O’Dwyer’s final action free, before full-time, was indeed narrowly outside the target zone, thus resulting in both teams having to replay.

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Vehicle In Collision With Thurles Cathedral Entrance

A motor vehicle was in collision with the entrance to the Cathedral of the Assumption this morning, shortly before 11.00a.m.  It is understood that the vehicle was crossing this busy stretch of narrow roadway when the driver lost control, colliding with one of this buildings ancient pedestrian gate pillars.

We are happy to report that the driver of the vehicle, who was examined by members of an attending ambulance crew, despite shock, was none the worse for the ordeal and was released from the scene into the care of family members, a short time later.

Work has now commenced to stabilise the gate pillar together with its attached railings. Thurles Gardaí and Fire Officers remain at the scene to ensure the area is rendered safe to the public.

Traffic and pedestrians in this area are being asked to show due care and attention when traversing the Cathedral Street area of Thurles.

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