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Be Aware “Bank Jugging” – New Criminal Trend.

“Bank jugging” is when criminals position themselves outside of a bank or other financial institution, watching as customers enter and leave the building. These criminals can work in pairs, one casually watching, while in mobile phone contact with a partner parked nearby.

The thief will then target anybody who comes out with a bank change bag or envelope that looks like it may contain a large amount of cash.

Gardaí are now warning the public about this rising trend, having dubbed this behaviour, “bank jugging”.

The criminal then may follow the customer before either breaking into their unattended vehicle or depending on their whereabouts, may even threaten or directly attack their targeted victim, stealing from their person.

Gardaí have issued six actions to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of “bank jugging”.

(I) Be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially if you notice something odd when entering or leaving your bank.
(2) Conceal all bank deposit bags, change bags or envelopes when entering and leaving the bank.
(3) Take your bank bag or envelope with you to your next destination and do not leave it sitting anywhere in your motor vehicle.
(4) Vary your route and times regularly when making cash lodgements or withdrawals.
(5) Consider using electronic transfers rather than physically depositing and withdrawing cash, where at all possible.
(6) If you feel you are being followed, call 999, then drive your vehicle to your nearest Garda station.


Much Loved “Only Fools and Horses” Character ‘Boycie’ dies, aged 79.

English actor John Spurley Challis (1942 – 2021), best known for portraying Terrance Aubrey “Boycie” Boyce in the long-running BBC Television sitcom “Only Fools and Horses” (1981–2003) has sadly passed away today, at the age 79 years, following a battle with cancer.

Mr Challis will also be long remembered from the “Only Fools and Horses” spin-off “The Green Green Grass”, as well as “Monty Staines” in the ITV sitcom ‘Benidorm’.

Announcing the passing of Mr Challis, his family stated: “It is with heavy hearts that we bring you such sad news. Our dear friend and yours, John Challis, has died peacefully in his sleep, after a long battle with cancer. He will always be loved for being ‘Boycie’ and leaves a great legacy of work that will continue to bring pleasure and smiles for many years to come.
Please respect the privacy of John’s family and friends at this difficult time, and be assured that in the future there will be an occasion to celebrate John’s life, when everyone will be welcome to come along.”

Co-star Sir David Jason also paid tribute to Mr Challis, labelling him “a wonderful actor” and also “a gentleman in the true sense of the word.”

In ár gcroíthe go deo.


Tipperary Winners In 67th Texaco Children’s Art Competition

Paying tribute to the winners, not least those in younger age groups and special needs categories, Mr James Twohig, (Director of Ireland Operations for Valero Energy (Ireland) Limited), congratulated all the young
artists who, he said, “continue to demonstrate their skills and ability in the incredible prize-winning entries we see this and every year.”

Celebrating an unbroken 67 year history, the Texaco Children’s Art Competition was conducted, this year, in the face of school Covid-19 closures and other limitations applying over the past 12 months, which required amendments to the announcement of winners; the presentation of prizes; and other activities which are traditionally held in April and May each year.

Not surprisingly therefore, Mr. Twohig should praise not just the
artists, but also their parents and teachers for what he calls “their enthusiasm and continued interest in the Competition, as a platform on which they can showcase their imagination, exercise their creativity and display their very exceptional talents.”

Past winners whose early interest in art and the arts may well have been encouraged by their participation in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition include artists Graham Knuttel, Robert Ballagh, Bernadette Madden, Dorothy Cross, fashion designer Paul Costelloe, and artist and former broadcaster Thelma Mansfield.

This year’s Co. Tipperary winning entries, whose work can be viewed HERE are named as follows:-

Frankie Burke, aged 8, representing Killurney National School, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, with artwork entitled “Butterfly Fish”.
Ailbhe Treacy, aged 12, representing Lissenhall National School, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, with artwork entitled “Life Going On”.
Anna Chirubvu, aged 16, from Scoil Ruain, Killenaule, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, with artwork entitled “New Life In A Pandemic”.
Chloe Egan, aged 16, representing Borrisokane Community College, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, with artwork entitled “Procrastinating”.
Heather Barnett, aged 17, representing Cashel Community College, Cashel , Co. Tipperary, with artwork entitled Lost In Music.

From now until October 2nd next, Drogheda’s Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition of the top 126 winning paintings in this year’s Competition.
Admission is free and further information is available at www.highlanes.ie.


Irish Mainland Covid-19 Cases Reach 2,113 Today.

The Department of Health has confirmed 1,224 new cases of Covid-19 over the past 24 hours here in the Republic of Ireland.

There are 278 people being treated for the virus in our hospitals, up 17 on yesterday’s reported figures, with 63 of these patients in our intensive care units; latter down 3 on yesterday’s figures.

From tomorrow September20th, indoor dance; yoga; studios; art classes; indoor sports, and fitness classes will be permitted for up to 100 people, provided participants are fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from Covid-19.

In relation to remote working, an Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Mr Leo Varadkar has stated “We really want to see remote working become a permanent fixture of Irish working life. I hope employers are speaking to their staff to figure out what works best for them and the business as this phased return begins.”

His statement comes as preparations are continuing ahead of some further easing of Covid-19 restrictions tomorrow, which includes a gradual return to the workplace.

In Northern Ireland, a further 889 cases of coronavirus were confirmed over the past 24 hours, by their Department of Health, down from 1,072 on yesterday.
Alas, sadly, 5 coronavirus-related deaths have also been reported over the same time frame in Northern Ireland.


Irish Mainland Covid-19 Cases Reach 2,528 Over Last 24 Hour Period.

The Department of Health here in the Republic of Ireland has confirmed 1,456 new cases of Covid-19, within the past 24 hours.

There are 261 people being treated for the virus in our hospitals, down 27 on yesterday. The number of people in our intensive care units currently remains at 66, down seven on yesterday’s reported figures.

Mr Paul Reid (Health Service Executive CEO) has stated that a hugely disproportionate number of unvaccinated patients are entering intensive care suffering from the virus, and he is urging people who still have NOT come forward for vaccination as yet, to do so at their earliest convenience.

In a positive move by the current Irish Government Mr Simon Harris (Minister for Further Education) has confirmed that pop-up vaccination centres will open on many college campuses later this month.

Over 7 million vaccine doses have been administered to date here in the Irish Republic; with more than 83% of people aged between 16-29 having already received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while more than 79% have currently been fully vaccinated.

In Northern Ireland, their Department of Health has confirmed a further 1,072 cases of Covid-19 within the past 24 hours. Sadly here also 6 further deaths have also been reported in people who tested positive for the disease.