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Advice For Private Well Owners Affected by Storm Emma

Advice For Private Well Owners Affected by Storm Emma

The EPA recommends that if your well has been affected by Storm Emma you should make sure it is properly disinfected before using it for drinking water. Details of how you can disinfect your well are below. This procedure should be carried out once the flooding has subsided.

The EPA has also published advice and guidance for households using private wells which includes information on:

  • Protecting your private well water
  • Testing and treating your well water
  • Concerns and complaints
  • Further guidance and Frequently Asked Questions

This information includes a Protect Your Well Assessment App. and a short animation explaining how to protect your private well.

The EPA has also published an Advice Note on Restoring Public Water Supplies Following Flooding which should be used by water suppliers, such as Irish Water and Group Water Schemes operators, if supplies have been affected by flooding.

Disinfecting Your Well After Flooding

This method is for the disinfection of a well water supply, water storage tank, water carrying pipe work and hot and cold-water cylinders. Approximately 1,100 litres of water will be used.

Caution: if you have a filter or any other type of water treatment on any part of your system, consult your supplier before following this procedure. Heavily chlorinated water may affect the filter or the chlorine may be absorbed by the filter, rendering the procedure ineffective.

Add 5 litres of a 1% w/v solution of Sodium Hypochlorite to 25 litres of water. While we do not endorse any individual products, any one of the following products may be used diluted in 25 litres of water.

2.5 litres of Milton fluid (or 50 tablets) or similar products with 2% w/v Sodium Hypochlorite.


0.5 litres of Sterichlor or similar products with 10/11% Sodium Hypochlorite

Disinfection products sold for use on the farm will be acceptable for use in disinfecting wells. However, it is important to seek advice about their use and it is advisable to always use the products in about 25 litres of water.

  1. Pour half of the solution into the well.
  2. Turn on the drinking water tap in the kitchen and let the water run until there is a distinct smell of chlorine from the water. Then turn off the tap.
  3. Turn on all other taps and let the water run until there is a distinct smell of chlorine from the water. Then turn off the taps.
  4. Pour the other half of the solution into the well. Turn off the well pump and ensure that the well is covered properly. Allow to stand overnight or for at least 8 hours.
  5. After at least 8 hours reconnect the pump. Turn on all taps and let the water run until the smell of chlorine is gone. Turn off all taps.
  6. Arrange for the water to be tested.

N.B. This method is only suitable as a once off shock disinfecting procedure and cannot replace a proper treatment system if your water supply needs continuous disinfection.


Avian Influenza Subtype H5N6 Strikes Co. Tipperary

White-tailed Eagle

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine today confirmed that a virus identified as avian influenza (subtype H5N6) has been found in a white-tailed sea eagle, found dead in Co. Tipperary, on January 31st last.

The HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSE-HPSC) and the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) have both advised that the risk to public health from this avian influenza strain is very low and that the disease poses no food safety risk for consumers.

However, this finding could warrant an increased risk to poultry and therefore strict bio-security measures, irrespective of actual bird-flock size, are now necessary to further prevent the disease. Poultry owners are advised to feed and water their birds inside and under cover where wild birds are less likely to access.

This find in Co. Tipperary comes as no great surprise; since this virus has already been detected in wild birds in several locations across Great Britain from the start of 2018, and indeed in other more eastern European countries prior to the end of 2017.

Warning: In particular inform your children. If you do find dead or sickly wild birds, e.g. wild ducks, wild geese, swans, gulls or birds of prey, do not handle, but immediately report the findings.

A list of Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine offices and their contact details are available HERE.

The results of further comparative tests on this virus are expected to become available in the coming days.


Teen Dies In Tipperary Farming Accident

A 15-year-old male teenager has tragically lost his life in yet another farming accident here in North Tipperary.

The tragedy occurred on a farm in the Newtown, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary area yesterday afternoon (Sunday), shortly before 6.00pm.

We understand that the boy, named locally as Master Patrick McCormack of Ryninch Ballina, a Junior Cert student in St Anne’s Community College, Killaloe, was thrown from the back of a tractor, while working on his uncle’s farm near Bulaglass, in Newtown Nenagh.

Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority are investigating the incident.

Tributes have been paid to the popular teenager; together with condolences being offered to his family, in a post by his local GAA club in Ballina.

Ballina GAA Club would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of Patrick Mc Cormack who died in a tragic accident yesterday evening. Patrick played hurling and football at under age level with our club and with Ballina National School.
To John, Fiona , Emer, Mary and his grandmother Mrs Mc Cormack and family and friends, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Taken far too soon.
May he Rest In Peace.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Tipperary Man Appointed Chairperson Of Dairygold.

Mr John O’Gorman.

Clogheen, Co. Tipperary native, Mr John O’Gorman, this afternoon was elected the Chairperson of Ireland’s largest farmer-owned Co-Operative, Dairygold.

The Dairygold Co-Operative boasts 7,100 Shareholders, 2,900 milk suppliers and 1,250 staff working across its sites in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Spain and China. In 2017, Dairygold processed over 1.3 billion litres of milk from its Membership.

Holding a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Business Management and a Diploma in Corporate Direction, Food Business from UCC; Mr O’Gorman, was first elected to the Board of Dairygold in January 2013.

He is married to spouse Alison, with a family of three daughters, and previously served as Vice-Chairman of Dairygold, since just last year. He now replaces the former Chairperson Mr James Lynch, latter who served for the previous three years, thus having served out the maximum term permitted on the Board of Dairygold.

Mr O’Gorman stated that he was honoured to have been elected to serve as Chairperson of Dairygold, confirming the Co-Operative was a long-standing and ambitious organisation, holding deep commitment to both its membership and its shareholders. He also stated that he looked forward to working closely with the Board’s Chief Executive Mr Jim Woulfe, and his dedicated professional staff.

Having paid tribute to his outgoing predecessor, highlighting the latter’s great leadership and stewardship; he confirmed his enthusiasm to playing his part in Dairygold’s continued growth and future success.


Tractor Girls Calendar 2018 On Sale Now

These 12 female Tipperary beauties have decided to pose nude for the ‘Tractor Girls Calendar 2018’ in support of Billy Goulding.  Photo: Tom Doherty.

Twelve lovely Tipperary ladies have braved the Irish weather to pose naked beside a tractor; their motivation, to raise funds for a five-year-old, latter who is presently paralysed from the neck down.

When just two and a half years old; Master Billy Goulding was playing with his sister outside in his garden when he took a fall and found himself unable to get back on to his feet.

Rushed to Limerick hospital before being transferred to Temple Street Hospital; his parents would later learn the disappointing news that their son had Transverse Myelitis, latter a neurological condition in which the spinal cord becomes inflamed. This inflammation damages nerve fibres, thus causing them to lose their myelin coating, leading to decreased electrical conductivity in the central nervous system.

Billy, who now is required to travels twice a year to the Stoke Mandeville Hospital, London for intensive physiotherapy, requires 24-hour care.

As with everything; over the years the cost of caring for Billy has greatly amplified, so the local female community have taken the similar route as that taken by the Knapely branch of the Women’s Institute (1999) in Yorkshire, England, to discreetly pose nude. (Remember the 2003 comedy film ‘Calendar Girls’, starring the gorgeous Helen Mirren).

The Tractor Girls Calendar 2018 is now available for sale and if you would like to help Billy on his road to recovery, you can also donate HERE on the Facebook page ‘Billy’s Recovery’, with calendars costing €15 each.  Share and support.

Well done girls, you prove, in the equality stakes, that once again females are far superior to males.