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National Ploughing Championships 2017 Get Under Way

The National Ploughing Championships for 2017 are being held in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from and including today until September 21st next.

Travel the Blue Route: If you are travelling from the Southern Ireland, Gardaí are advising all motorists to exit the M8 at Junction 6, (Horse and Jockey, Thurles), and onto Templemore and Roscrea on the N62. In Birr, Co Offally, traffic will join the N52 travelling northbound via the villages of Kilcormac and Blueball and onto the event site at Screggan, in Tullamore.

A video for people travelling from the South can be found HERE.

Patrons arriving at their Ploughing Championships destination using this route will park in the designated BLUE car parks on the left and right hand side, beside the event grounds. Where necessary motorists will be directed by Gardaí and stewards towards the event.

A national traffic plan detailing all routes and parking areas can be found HERE.

Of course if you are looking for a break from driving, Thurles is the ideal location to halt awhile, for a snack or a cup of tea or coffee.

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Protect Children From Questionable Online Content

For those of our readers, parents, who have young children; latter who are beginning for the first time to access ‘Personal Computers’ (PC’s) or ‘Laptops’, you may wish to take note regarding the following.

In an effort to halt the viewing, by young minds, of shall we say certain questionable content online, there is an alternative; its name is KidRex.org; a Google powered, kid friendly, search engine and an alternative to the more widely used Mozilla Firefox.

This most certainly should become an alternative, particularly for students in schools which rightly encourage young people on how to correctly make use of the internet. Here they can learn how to locate online information, without the unremitting worry by teachers and parents, regarding what young minds may accidentally stumble upon.

KidRex combines Google’s Safe Search with their own database of questionable sites, locking everything into child appropriate searches, while maintaining its own database of inappropriate websites.

You are advised to check regularly to insure that KidRex remains up and running, thus ensuring that your children have the best web surfing experience possible.

Important Note: To ensure that the young people in your care are protected, it will be necessary to make KidRex.org your ‘default browser’ on all your PC’s and Laptops which you allow them to access. To do this, please follow the these 3 simple instructions:-

(1) Open your ‘Menu’ (See Image above  –  Find three parallel flat lines positioned top right of your Google search panel, shown here above in a red box), by clicking left with your Mouse.

(2) Find an icon marked ‘Options’ (Dead Centre) and activate same, also by left clicking with mouse.

(3) The page which now opens will be headlined ‘General’, (Again see image above). Next copy and paste the following link http://www.kidrex.org/ into the second text panel, clearly marked Home Page, thus removing link http://www.google.ie/.

Do nothing else; simply close the page and your default search engine should now remain KidRex.org on that particular appliance.  To change it back, simply reverse this simple procedure at any time.

Happy, Safe Surfing everyone.

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Tipperary – Had Anything ‘Nicked’ Recently?

Following a series of surveillance led operations by Gardaí in Tipperary and adjoining Garda Divisions, a considerable quantity of stolen equipment has, thankfully, been recovered.

This recovered property includes item such as industrial generators, gardening equipment, chainsaws, power tools, agricultural equipment etc, all believed stolen during burglaries in Ireland and in the UK.

In an effort to reunite this recovered property a ‘Property Recovery Day‘, will take place between 3.00pm and 7.00pm on Tuesday next, June 27th, and on Wednesday next, June 28th, 2017 respectively, in Comerford’s Yard, Tyone, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, (Formerly the old Castle Brand Factory).

Normally property recovered by An Garda Síochána is returned to an identified owner, however this displayed property has as yet not been fully identified or claimed and presently remains in Garda custody.

The victims of crime, attending to view this property, can also readily take advantage of advice from a Crime Prevention Officer and Victims of Crime Services, who will be present on both afternoons.

For further information why not contact the Gardaí at Thurles, Tel: (0504) 25100, or if more appropriate to your area, Kilkenny Garda Station, Tel: (056) 7775000.

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Recycle Your Worn Out Electrical Devices

An early reminder, addressed in particular to all those residing in the Templemore – Thurles Municipal district, regarding recycling of electrical devices.

As most of us are aware, WEEE Ireland organise and promote public collection events of waste electrical devices, e.g. all types of batteries, farm fencing, automotive and portable batteries, torches, fridges, freezers, washing machines, electric ovens, PCs, TVs, Monitors, phones, lighting equipment, energy saving bulbs, power tools and other small electrical devices, in areas which do not have convenient access to civic amenity sites.

Remember WEEE material is anything with a plug normally attached and WEEE Ireland will be making collections on the following dates and from the following venues, in around three weeks to four weeks time:-

Dates – Venues – Times
Saturday – May 20th 2017 – Mid-Tipperary Mart, Thurles – 10am – 4pm.
Saturday – May 27th 2017 – Car Park, Templemore – 10am – 4pm.

WEEE Ireland is a not for profit organisation, founded by the producers of electrical and electronic appliances, in order to comply with the legal obligations imposed by the WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC.

So here is your opportunity to bring along old redundant electrical appliances for recycling. Remember this is a completely FREE service, eliminating the temptation to dump illegally in our beautiful Tipperary countryside.

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Installing A Nesting Box In Your Garden

It’s still not too late to install a Bird nesting box in your garden. Ideally the box should have been put in place during last autumn or at least in the early part of last winter. This would have allowed regular bird visitors to your garden plot enough time to get used to its existence.

You can get bird boxes from various stores here in Thurles, including from Thurles Men’s Sheds, Mitchel Street, Thurles.

When installing, fix the box onto something solid; a sturdy garden fence, a stone or cement wall, a secure post; using screws, or if to a mature tree, use strong plastic electric cable ties. Position the nest box between 2 metres (6ft) and 4 metres (12ft) above ground level, preferably out of direct midday sunlight.

Always position the box in such a way as to ensure its front door is facing between north-east and south-east in an area well shaded by foliage, thus offering maximum shelter against Ireland’s regular south west prevailing weather conditions.

Do add a small protruding perch to your nest box, and ensure that same is out of reach of roaming, domestic, furry, feline friends or other natural predators. Try to keep nesting boxes away from bird tables also so as to allow Mum and Dad and their brood to fully relax away from unnecessary noise.

Once in place, relax, sit back, observe quietly and resist all temptation to inspect the box constantly. Such actions can disturb and drive off nesting birds, forcing them to desert their chosen home in favour of other quieter rent free accommodation.

At the end of summer or early autumn always check that any previous nesting material or unhatched eggs is removed, as old nest materials can become infested by various types of larvae, which can cause a serious infestation to any future nesting inhabitants.

Do wear rubber gloves when removing waste nest material, before pouring freely, simply plain boiling water into and over the box. This extermination process removes any hidden parasites that may have holed-up in cracks or crevices. Avoid all temptation to use insecticide, if possible.

Remember birds will often return to use your nest box for roosting outside their breeding season, so it is a good idea to install a small handful of clean hay or wood shavings or a temporary roost, for this eventuality.

Expect Earwigs to make their home in any narrow crevices in your nest box, but same will not cause any harm to tenanted birds. To avoid this Earwig problem, inviting crevices can be filled using the various types of filling compounds available in your local DIY store.

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