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Will NASA SpaceX Rocket Be Visible Over Tipperary Tonight?

This evenings cloudless sky could mean that residents of Ireland should be able to view the NASA SpaceX rocket as it soar across our skies tonight.

Of course this launch will depend on the weather in Florida, but hopefully the rocket will launch at 8:22pm Irish time, with two astronauts on board.

If all goes according to plan viewers should be able to view the Falcon 9 rocket under the moon, in the south-west some ten to fifteen minutes later.

The Falcon 9 rocket will take off from launchpad 39A at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida and journey to the International Space Centre.

Take Note: If the SpaceX rocket decided for one reason or another to abort after its anticipated take off this evening, it could land off the west coast of our Emerald Isle.


AmazonBasics Ergonomic Wireless Mouse With Fast Scrolling

AmazonBasics Full-Size Ergonomic Wireless Mouse with Fast Scrolling

Currently being sold at a whopping 42% discount for just £9.99 (Note sterling price) and also note with free delivery on orders dispatched by Amazon of over £20.00. [So, buy 3 and use the other two as stocking filler Christmas Gift for your student children. Or, chip in with two friends anxious to buy at a bargain price.]

Comes Highly Recommended

As a user of this equipment myself, this full-size wireless mouse, with its fast-scrolling, clickable wheel and forward/back thumb buttons which offer fast, easy navigating through large documents and web pages, thus making for enjoyable surfing or project work. This Wireless Connected mouse offers quick, precise results, whether you are shopping online, navigating articles, perusing family photos, or just creating documents for work or for school.

  • Ergonomically designed for right-handed users; its smooth, gently curved profile fits perfectly in the palm of your hand for enhanced comfort.
  • The 2.4 GHz wireless connection; uses a tiny USB receiver that can stay plugged into your computer without obstructing other ports.
  • Laser sensor (1600 DPI resolution) works on most surfaces, including glass; uses 2 AA batteries (included); with a battery LED light and on/off switch for extended battery life.

User-Friendly Controls

The wireless mouse is ready to use right away, providing plug-and-play convenience (no drivers needed) and is compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10.
Do quickly check out this bargain for yourself HERE, before same is finally withdrawn.


Tipperary Landlord Family Member – Face Of New English £50

“This is only a foretaste of what is to come, and only the shadow of what is going to be.” – Alan Turing.

We first wrote about Alan Turing’s Tipperary connection on January 11th, 2017 last. The code-breaker and visionary mathematician, who was convicted under Victorian homophobic laws, will now be the face of Britain’s new £50 note.

The Stoney family were once prominent landlords, here in North Tipperary. His mother Ethel Sara Stoney (1881–1976) was daughter of Edward Waller Stoney (Borrisokane, North Tipperary) and Sarah Crawford (Cartron Abbey, Co. Longford); Protestant Anglo-Irish gentry.

Educated in Dublin at Alexandra School and College; on October 1st 1907 she married Julius Mathison Turing, latter son of Reverend John Robert Turing and Fanny Boyd, in Dublin. Born on June 23rd 1912, Alan Turing would go on to be regarded as one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century.

A brilliant mathematician and cryptographer Alan was to become the founder of modern-day computer science and artificial intelligence; designing a machine at Bletchley Park to break secret Enigma encrypted messages used by the Nazi German war machine to protect sensitive commercial, diplomatic and military communications during World War 2. Thus, Turing made the single biggest contribution to the Allied victory in the war against Nazi Germany, possibly saving the lives of an estimated 2 million people, through his effort in shortening World War II.

In 2013, almost 60 years later, Turing received a posthumous Royal Pardon from Queen Elizabeth II. Today, the “Turing law” grants an automatic pardon to men who died before the law came into force, making it possible for living convicted gay men to seek pardons for offences now no longer on the statute book.

Alas, Turing accidentally or otherwise lost his life in 1954, having been subjected by a British court to chemical castration, thus avoiding a custodial sentence. He is known to have ended his life at the age of 41 years, by eating an apple laced with cyanide.

The character of Alan Turing was played by actor Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game, latter a 2014 highly recommended film.


LED Street Lighting Comes To Bohernanave, Thurles.

We brought you the story first, back in December last, confirming that Tipperary had been chosen as one of four locations granted funding from Europe (EU), for the installation of some 600 new Smart / Intelligent street lights, through our Tipperary local authority.

It would appear that now at least the street area known as Bohernanave; [Same stretching from from the junction at Abbey Road, travelling parallel to Ardán Bhride, right across to the junction with Castlemeadows opposite the Greyhound track] has benefited greatly from these new LED street light fittings, which brighten up the area significantly.

One can’t help wondering where the other 590 odd, Smart / Intelligent street lights will be positioned in Tipperary?


EU Awards Funding For Tipperary Smart Street Lighting

As one of just four locations chosen and granted funding from Europe, we learn that some 600 new Smart / Intelligent street lights have now been allotted for the Tipperary area, through our local authority, to be replaced around mid-Tipperary.

The idea of using Smart or Intelligent street lighting was first discussed in the late 1980’s, beginning with a notion that street lighting could be dimmed at pre-determined times, thus saving energy.

Samuel Bagno

In 2006, same energy saving intelligent street lighting usually referred to a more block-controlled network, but then in more recent years public and private lighting systems came on the market that could easily adapt to movement, caused by the presence of people and vehicles, using motion detectors / sensors, first invented back in the 1950’s by the American Mr Samuel Bagno of New City, New York, USA.

Of course, it was a forward thinking Oslo, in Norway, who first introduced a large scale implementation of smart or intelligent lighting; same reducing their energy usage by some 50%, while improving roadway safety and minimizing overall maintenance costs.

Today continuous and identified new technologies has enabled street lights to communicate with each other, with different providers adding diverse variations of ever fast-growing technology. Today a passer-by can be detected by a camera or motion detector and can signal information to neighbouring street lights, which in turn will brighten so that people are always surrounded by a safe circle of light.

The market for intelligent street lighting across Europe is now, at last, increasing rapidly, with the market slowly realising that this adaptive lighting is not just an energy efficient solution, but can also adapt to weather conditions and shine brighter during periods of heightened criminal activity.

Local governments across the European Union spent some €7.6 billion on basic public street lighting during 2015. Using smart lighting, it is now reckoned that these energy bills into the future could be slashed by as much as 70%, thus saving a whopping €5.3 billion in any one year, if local authorities were to wake up and invest in this energy efficiency lighting.

Of course, local authorities will have to come to the realisation also, that such efficiencies can not be left neglected for weeks and months when repairs are needed, as is the case currently with Thurles pedestrian crossing lights, the Thurles 2018 Christmas lighting, pedestrian warning signs (See Cathedral Street & Barry’s Bridge), and sunken road craters in the centre of our town, which motorised vehicles have managed to successfully avoid for at least the past six years.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail