Cash Automated Teller Machine (ATM) users are being warned once again about a new skimming device being used by a gang of organised criminals.
Reports indicate that the gang, to date over the past two months, has targeted cash machines in Donegal, Galway, Limerick, Dublin and Cork, while Co Tipperary is not as yet known to have been targeted.
However Tipperary and Thurles students and employees residing in Dublin have been targeted by these skimming devices while attempting to access their accounts.
In the case of one Thurles individual her account was skimmed in Dublin and within one hour was used to attempt the purchase of three iPods in New York City. Happily the transaction was quickly identified by her Thurles Ulster Bank branch, who immediately contacted her, thus halting the criminal transaction. Apparently unlike Ireland, card users in New York are not asked for PIN numbers when using cards to transact cash, thus making it easy for these organised criminal gangs to operate.
It is understood that these hi-tech card readers have also been wired to some in-store ATMs, so do beware, and be again reminded to always cover your PIN number when using any Automated Teller Machine.
In total some 434 homes were identified with high levels of the cancer-causing gas Radon, over the past 1.5 years. These new figures have been released by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII).
Radon is a radioactive, colourless, odourless, tasteless gas, occurring naturally as an indirect decay product of Uranium or Thorium and is regarded as the second biggest cause of lung cancer and directly linked to more than 200 lung cancer deaths here in Ireland each year.
Radon gas enters a home through the lowest level in a house, which comes in contact with open ground. A typical entry point for radon into homes are; cracks in solid foundations, construction joints, cracks in walls, gaps in suspended floors, gaps around service pipes, cavities inside walls, and through entry areas accessing your water supply. The concentration in one room of a building may be therefore significantly different than the concentration in an adjoining room.
Over 39 homes tested in Ireland had radon levels of between 4 and 10 times the acceptable level and these were located in Galway (15), Wexford (6), Kerry (4), Sligo (4), Cork (2), Wicklow (2), Clare (1), Limerick (1), Louth (1), Mayo (1), Tipperary (1) and Waterford (1).
Some 384 other homes had radon levels up to 4 times the acceptable level and were found, as predicted, in known ‘High Radon Areas,’ throughout the Irish Republic.
Measuring for radon and fixing the problem are regarded as easy to correct. To test for radon, one radon detector is placed in a bedroom and a second in a living room for a three-month period with the detectors then sent by post for analysis. The RPII and a number of private companies provide a radon measurement service at a cost of around €50 depending on which measurement company is chosen. In a worst case scenario remedial work can cost around €850 with annual running costs of approximately €100, however simply improving indoor ventilation may solve the problem.
To view Thurles, which is not regarded as a ‘High Radon Area,’ go to the interactive map made available on the RPII’s website at www.rpii.ie.
Further information can also be obtained by phoning Freefone 1800 300 600.
Thurles Blood Donation Clinic
WHERE: The Dome, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
WHEN: Thursday 14th November, 2013.
TIME: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Help Save a Life………GIVE BLOOD
Did You Know ? One car accident victim may require up to 30 units of blood, a bleeding ulcer could require anything between 3-30 units of blood and a coronary artery bypass may use between 1-5 units of blood.
Approximately 70,000 patients will have transfusions in Irish hospitals this year
3,000 blood donors are needed each week in Ireland
For further details check their website www. giveblood.ie or contact them on Tel: 061 306980
While local Councillors and County Councillor get themselves ready to walk that imaginary Hollywood Red Carpet in time for what is described in a press release by Irish TV, as a “very insightful and engaging TV show (about Thurles) on SKY TV channel 191,” this evening (November 7th) at 9.00pm, raw sewage continues to flow unabated into the river Suir, just two metres south of Barry’s Bridge footpath and less than 25 metres from the town’s main shopping arena. Note the toilet paper etc in the picture hereunder.
To my knowledge it has been flowing for a least one week and has gone undetected by Thurles Town Councillors, whom it would appear like our real politicians, rarely take to walking the true town of Thurles these days.
The film crew from IRISH TV, who filmed this epic documentary for this SKY TV 191 channel special, spent four days in Thurles and North Tipperary visiting just some of our iconic tourism sites including Cabragh Wetlands, the Lár na Páirce GAA museum, North Tipperary Genealogy Centre and Museum and Semple Stadium. They also will feature several local business success stories, after filming at Boru Stoves and Colleeney Farmhouse Cheeses.
Note: St Mary’s Famine and War Museum, Thurles town’s main tourist attraction was conveniently left out of the TV companies filming schedule for reasons best known to Thurles Town Council. What is even more surprising is that the latter is the only attraction which has not seen the benefit of any major funding.
Apart from the culture, tourism and business aspects of Thurles, this TV show will also feature interviews with those tasked with keeping Thurles thriving as an important gateway town to Munster. Thurles Town Mayor, Cllr. Michael Brogan, will state how delighted he is that the film crew chose Thurles as their base location for this show as the town has so much to offer. “Thurles is a town stepped in history and culture and is a fantastic place to live, visit and to do business. This programme on Sky TV channel 191 and on www.irishtv.ie will showcase Thurles to a massive global audience at home and abroad and will be of immense economic benefit going forward,” he will state.
Meanwhile Councillors don’t throw on your smoking jackets or uncork your Henri Jayer Richebourg Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits just yet. Instead grab a few shovels and let’s clear some of the visible sewage, before we sit down to watch what Irish TV describe in their press release as the “amazing ‘can do’ attitude in Thurles,” and it’s amazing “positivity, despite the doom and gloom in other parts of Ireland.”
Meanwhile I will be telling you shortly just how much this positive look at Thurles actually cost you the tax payers and struggling businesses, and who was involved in this wasteful spend, together with naming those whose profile stands to benefit most politically from tonight’s TV exposure. (There must be an election due shortly.)
For those of you who do not have access to SKY TV Channel 191, I understand same will be possibly streamed on www.irishtv.ie over the week beginning this afternoon.
You will also note that almost all the speakers featured in this programme were the beneficiaries, through their various organisations, of large sums of money from Leader, Arts Council grants, North Tipperary Co Council and other County Business Funding Agencies, yet there is not one mention of gratitude from any one of these organisations for the monies received, in some cases, up to 8o% funding. Instead we had individuals presenting themselves as successful in “keeping Thurles thriving,” when if fact we as a community have been reduced to beggars, depending on hard earned taxpayers handouts to simply attempt to survive.
In the meanwhile where is Minister Phil Hogan and Irish Water when you really want them?
Personally I am relieved that Dublin City Council are not sucking water from the river Suir and trust that same is not seeping into domestic supplies at Ladyswell.
Upperchurch Walking Weekend Programme of Events
Friday Nov 8th:
Moher-Gortkelly road walk 7 km. Glown-Garnakilka road walk 10 km. Both walks start 7.30 p.m in Upperchurch and will be followed by the reception and official opening in Upperchurch hall. Traditional music in Kinnane’s afterwards.
Saturday Nov 9th:
10.00 a.m. Hills of Upperchurch walk 18 km.
12.15 p.m. Knockalough-Red Hugh walk 6, 10 or 12 km.
12.30 p.m. Eamon an Chnoic Loop 8 km.
All walks on Saturday start from Upperchurch village. There will be set dancing lessons in Ryans at 4.00 p.m. and traditional music at Jim O’ the Mills at 10.00 p.m..
Sunday Nov 10th:
11.00 a.m. Ragg to Upperchurch walk 15 km (or 8 km loop option) starting from the Ragg Lounge 5 miles from Thurles on the Nenagh Road.
11.30 a.m. Kilcommon Pilgrim Trail 10 km, including option of Mauherslieve summit, starting from Kilcommon, 5 miles west of Upperchurch.
12.00 noon. Three cycles over 25, 50 or 75 km starting Upperchurch.
12.15 p.m. Knockalough-Red Hugh walk 6, 10 or 12 km starting Upperchurch.
12.30 p.m. Eamon an Chnoic Loop 8 km starting Upperchurch.
12.30 p.m. Birchill Nature Trail 8 km Starting from P.J.Ryan’s, Rosmult, 7 miles from Thurles on the Thurles-Upperchurch road.
There will be demonstrations on the New Climbing Wall after all walks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and a Bush Craft display on Sunday from 2.00pm till 5.00 p.m. The newly developed 1km walk around the local bog is now ready for use also.
For further information visit www.upperchurch.ie or phone 0504 54443 weekdays 10.00am to 2.00pm or 086 0518934 at other times.