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First Case Of Covid-19 Identified In Northern Ireland

The first case of Coronavirus (Covid-19) has been identified in Northern Ireland. This news was further confirmed during a briefing by Northern Ireland’s Public Health Agency earlier this evening.

We understand that the patient is receiving specialist care and the agency says they are working rapidly to identify those persons who may have come into contacts with the identified patient, latter who had visited northern Italy before travelling home to Northern Ireland through Dublin airport.

The patient is now in isolation at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

The Public Health Agency would not comment further on whether the patient used public transport in their effort to travel from Dublin to Northern Ireland.

The Public Health Agency is liaising with public health bodies in the Republic in an attempt to identify persons who may have come into close contact with this patient. Staff will work closely with health colleagues here in the Republic to identify others who may potentially be at risk.


Covid-19 – Chief Medical Officer’s Advice To Parents

The Chief Medical Officer from the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan, has issued the following letter to parents of school children travelling from affected regions.

The Department of Education and Skills has updated information for schools, preschools and third level institutions on Covid-19; provided by the Department of Health and HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre, following a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team.

Public health doctors are available to liaise with schools and advise on precautions if staff and / or students have any concerns.

Anyone who has visited affected regions in the last 14 days and has a cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties or fever should self-isolate and phone their GP immediately.

Anyone who has travelled from the affected regions and has no symptoms should visit HERE for further advice.

The most important action we can take to protect ourselves from Covid-19 is regular hand-washing and good respiratory hygiene.

As further advice or information is provided, it will be issued to schools and posted on the Department’s website.

Travel advice for all Irish citizens is provided through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


Pipe-Laying Works To Begin On Thomond Road, Thurles

As part of the Liberty Square enhancement scheme main works, Mr David Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd. working with Tipperary County Council and currently undertaking construction work to enhance the construction of the new off-street carpark, (latter positioned on the South side of Liberty Square, to the rear of the now demolished Griffin’s newsagency shop).

Thomond Road, leading east joining the more recently erected Thurles foot-bridge and left unto Emmet Street, behind Tesco Supermarket.

This work will eventually include the re-configuration of existing carriageways, footways and overall shared access, as well as associated drainage, ducting and other ancillary works identified.

As part of this progressing work, it will be necessary to lay a storm drainage pipe along a section of Thomond Road, latter which will outfall to the River Suir.

Be warned that to this end Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd. intends to commence such necessary work, in relation to this storm drainage pipeline, along Thomond Road, Thurles, beginning from next Monday, February 17th, 2020.

Traffic Management will be in place for the period of this upgrade, which will for the most part consist of a Traffic Lights system of vehicle control. The works along Thomond Road are expected to take approximately 3 to 4 weeks.

Tipperary County Council apologise for any inconvenience these necessary works will cause.

For any further information, please contact David Walsh Civil Engineering Tel: (059) 9144448 during office hours (Weekdays 8am to 6pm) or email info@dwce.ie .


Will You Be Here To Phone Your Insurance Company On Tuesday?

Or will weeping family members be digging a hole in some rural graveyard?

Almost four out of five road deaths occur on Irish rural roads; that is according to accurate figures released by the Gardaí and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) ahead of the August Bank Holiday occurring this weekend.

Up to yesterday, July 31st 2019, eight people have lost their lives on the rural roads of Tipperary so far this year 2019; while 11 tragically were killed in the full 12 months to December 31st of 2018.

Today, the RSA have stated that a 7% increase in road deaths during the first six months of this year is disturbing, with eighty-nine road users already killed this year (2019) compared to 2018.

Overall, last year (2018) had observed a decrease in Irish road deaths. Data available from January 1st through to December 31st of 2018, confirms that in total there were 139 fatal collisions nationally which resulted in 146 persons tragically killed. However, these statistics only represents two fewer collisions and 10 fewer deaths, when compared to similar data held for 2017.

Of these 146 deaths in 2018; 60 were vehicle drivers; 20 were vehicle passengers; 42 were pedestrians; 15 were motorcyclists and finally 9 were pedal cyclists.

The month of May 2018 saw the lowest number of road fatalities, with a total of 5 persons just needlessly killed. Largest number of fatalities took place during April 2018 with 17 deaths registered, while two month later, June 2018, a further 16 road deaths were recorded .

Sunday was the most dangerous day of the week to take your car on the road, with 32 deaths recorded on Sunday’s during 2018.

Please take it easy and thoroughly enjoy your long Bank Holiday weekend and sure we might see you on Tuesday, please God.


Dónal Ó Céilleachair To Visit Cabragh Wetlands

“The Camino Voyage”; a film, described by the Dingle Film Festival as “Enchanting, Inspiring and ultimately very deeply moving”, will be shown in its entirety to an assembled audience at Cabragh Wetlands on Thursday next, March 28th, at 7.30pm.

A large crowd is expected to be in attendance with an opportunity to meet film directer Mr Dónal Ó Céilleachair, latter who will answer questions regarding all aspects of the making of this unhurried, epic and soulful film.

This truly heart warming, spirited documentary film tells the true story of a Writer, two Musicians, an Artist and a Stonemason, who embark on an inspiring, yet dangerous 2,500 km (some 1554 miles), journeying by sea, in a traditional boat (a currach / naomhóg) that they built themselves; rowing all the way from Ireland to Northern Spain.

Four men; poet Danny Sheehy, artist Liam Holden, musician Brendan Begley and stonemason Breandán Moriarty, set out on this journey, in three yearly stages, beginning in 2014. Musician and Academy Award winner Glen Hansard replaced Breandán Moriarty on the final leg, introducing new acquaintances to Irish song and merriment.

The very real dangers that attend such voyages were confirmed when last year, poet Danny Sheehy died when the currach / naomhóg capsized off the coast of Portugal; the film now remaining as his memorial.

Released to selected Cinemas across Ireland for just 9 weeks, this film has won numerous awards; including two “Audience Awards” from the Dingle International Film Festival and the Luxembourg British & Irish Film Season, and two “Documentary Awards” from Irish Screen America Film Festival NYC and An tOireachtas Media Awards, 2018.

Thurles resident Mr Michael Walsh [Latter who undertook the same journey on foot in 2013] and his son Ben, are both acquainted with the boats crew members and the film makers, and both confirm that this event is a major coup for Cabragh Wetlands. They are encouraging as many people as possible to attend on Thursday night. Note: A suggested contribution for this major event is just €5, with full proceeds donated, going directly to the Cabragh Wetland Development Trust.