Status Yellow – Rainfall & Wind Warnings issued for Cork

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Met Éireann have issued a status yellow rainfall warning for Cork, valid Wednesday 12 December 2018 18:00 to Thursday 13 December 2018 18:00

  • Forecasters are warning that heavy rain will lead to accumulations between 25mm and 50mm. Spot flooding possible. There is the potential for higher values in mountainous areas.

Issued/Updated: Wednesday 12 December 2018 08:00
Valid: Wednesday 12 December 2018 18:00 to Thursday 13 December 2018 18:00


A second warning for wind has also been issued by Met Éireann.

  • Forecasters say that southeasterly winds will reach mean speeds between 50 and 65km/h at times, with gusts between 90 and 100 km/h. Winds will be strongest along coastal areas.

Issued/Updated: Wednesday 12 December 2018 09:00
Valid: Wednesday 12 December 2018 16:00 to Thursday 13 December 2018 14:00

Santa’s Letter to the Children of Cork Safety Alerts Followers

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08th December 2018

We received a letter here at CSA HQ this morning, from Pixie the Head Elf in The North Pole. We think you should read the letter, so we’ve included it below:

Dear Friends & Followers of Cork Safety Alerts,
Ho, Ho, Ho from the North Pole.
We’ve been having lots of fun here at Santa HQ. And have been busy building snowmen, and having plenty of snowball fights followed by nights drinking hot chocolate with Santa next to a roaring hot fire.
We’ve been working hard making sure all presents are ready for Santa to delivery on the morning of the 25th of December!
The elves have painted the sleigh (and it’s looking dapper we must say) and the reindeers are being well looked after to ensure they’re ready for their magical trip in a few weeks!
We know that you’ve all been good this year, and we hope that you’ll be happy with the gifts that we’ll be delivering. Santa has asked parents and children alike to remember that quadbikes are not suitable gifts for children, unless used with the right safety equipment and used in a safe place. You’re not allowed to use them on a public road, or in parks. Santa has already issued his request to the Gardai.
Remember, Santa may not bring you everything that you’ve asked for – and that’s okay.
Don’t forget to go to bed extra early on Christmas Eve, Santa will be watching and can’t arrive until you’re tucked up in bed and fast asleep!
See you soon!
Pixie
Head Elf
Santa HQ,
325 S. Santa Claus Lane
North Pole, Arctic Ocean.




Weather Warning: Status Yellow – Wind – Saturday 08 December 2018 09:00

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Met Éireann have issued a status yellow wind warning for Cork, valid from Saturday 08 December 2018 18:00 to Sunday 09 December 2018 06:00

  • Forecasters are stating that west to northwest winds will reach mean speeds of 55 to 60 km/h with gusts 90 to 110 km/h in Kerry and in the west of Cork, Clare and Galway.

Issued/Updated: Saturday 08 December 2018 16:31
Valid: Saturday 08 December 2018 18:00 to Sunday 09 December 2018 06:00


Weather Warning: Status Yellow – Wind

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Met Éireann have issued a status yellow wind warning for Cork, valid from Friday 07 December 2018 16:00 to Saturday 08 December 2018 01:00

  • Forecasters are warning that a further spell of strong winds will occur later today and tonight. Westerly winds with mean winds of 55 to 65 km/h and gusts of 100km/h are possible, especially in coastal areas. High seas will bring a risk of coastal flooding.

Issued/Updated: Friday 07 December 2018 12:00
Valid: Friday 07 December 2018 16:00 to Saturday 08 December 2018 01:00


Christmas Management Plan for Cork City 2018 by An Garda Síochána

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Christmas Management Plan for Cork City 2018

23 Probationer Gardaí temporarily assigned to assist.

An Garda Siochana would encourage people to use public transport over the Christmas period. Park and Ride facilities are provided with frequent transfer to the city centre. Plan ahead and allow ample time for your journey. Taxis can also be availed of at many locations in the City Centre. Schedules, timetables and availability of Public Transport Services and the Park and Ride facility can be accessed via the Cork City Council web-site.  

To facilitate the flow of traffic, Gardaí ask the public to:

  • Keep junctions free
  • Avoid illegal parking
  • Do not block yellow boxes
  • If car park is full, please comply with direction of Gardaí and stewards
  • Keep bus lanes free

As part of Traffic Management Plan, on-going checkpoints will be held enforcing the Road Traffic Legislation. The following offences will be specifically targeted:

  • Drink and Drug Driving
  • Speed
  • Seatbelts
  • HGV offences
  • General Road Offences

Cork City Centre is a safe place to shop, but some simple precautions will make the experience more enjoyable.

Safety Tips

  • Be careful when withdrawing money from cash machines and financial institutions
  • Mind your belongings when in crowded areas. Use a handbag or shoulder bag that can be held securely
  • Don’t leave luggage or valuables exposed inside a parked car
  • Don’t leave luggage attached to the roof rack
  • When visiting the city centre area, park your car in one of the controlled car parks and retain the parking ticket on your person
  • Always lock your car securely when leaving it unattended, even for brief period
  • Report any incident to Gardaí, immediately.

Speaking at Anglesea Street Garda Station today, Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin said ‘I am delighted to welcome the 23 Probationer Gardaí who have been temporarily assigned to assist in our Christmas Management Plan this year.

The Probationers will be deployed over the next few weeks to assist our Gardaí in the city at keys times that have been identified by the Garda Analysis Services. Our aim is to tackle theft from shop, public order incidents and to help the flow of traffic in the city. Over the next few weeks we will have additional uniform and plain clothes patrols throughout the city to tackle theses incident.

Members from our Roads Policing Unit will also be increasing checkpoints targeting drink and drug driving amongst other general road offences. The flow of traffic will increase in the city and I would ask that where possible, people avail of public transport and the park and ride facility we have here in Cork.

Have a plan in place if you are going out socialising and most importantly, have a safe and happy Christmas.’

 

Weather Warning: Status Yellow – Rainfall

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Met Éireann have issued a status yellow rainfall warning for Cork, valid from 15:00 Today (Tuesday, 4th December) until 12:00 Wednesday, 5th December.

  • Forecasters are warning that accumulations may be up to 30mm in places, with locally higher accumulations in upland and coastal areas, will lead to spot flooding.

Issued/Updated: Monday 03 December 2018 12:00
Valid: Tuesday 04 December 2018 15:00 to Wednesday 05 December 2018 12:00


An Garda Síochána and RSA highlight the dangers of driving the morning after consuming alcohol

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An Garda Síochána & The Road Safety Authority (RSA) launch Christmas Campaign 2018.

An Garda Síochána and RSA highlight dangers of driving the morning after consuming alcohol.

11% of fatal collisions in which a driver had consumed alcohol, occurred between the hours of 7am and 11am.

An Garda Síochána and The Road Safety Authority (RSA) have today Thursday 29 November, appealed to all road users to act responsibly and safely on the roads throughout the Christmas and New Year period. Drivers have been especially warned of the dangers of driving the morning after a night of drinking when their driving could still be impaired by alcohol.

Analysis of Garda Síochána Investigation Files for fatal collisions, by the RSA, shows that 11% of fatal collisions in which a driver had consumed alcohol, occurred between the hours of 7am and 11am*.

Meanwhile, An Garda Síochána statistics indicate that 6% of all Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests to date this year have taken place between 7am and 11am. The highest number of DUI arrests, at 104, occurred on a Sunday morning representing 26% of all arrests between 7am and 11am. This is followed closely by Monday, at 90 arrrests, representing 22% of all morning after arrests.

Speaking at the launch of the annual Christmas and New Year Road Safety Appeal, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Shane Ross TD, said: “The focus of our appeal this year is to warn the public about the dangers of driving the morning after consuming alcohol. We know that alcohol remains a significant contributory factor in fatal crashes and is responsible for far too many deaths and injuries on Irish roads. I appeal to all those socialising over the Christmas and New Year period to do so responsibly and never, ever, drink and drive, including the morning after. It’s simply not worth the risk now that new penalties have been introduced which mean drivers detected with a blood alcohol concentration between 50mg and 80mg face losing their licence for three months. So if you have done the right thing the night before, don’t forget to do the right thing and make alternative arrangements to travel the morning after.”

Ms. Liz O Donnell, Chairperson, Road Safety Authority, said: “Drink driving is a behaviour that must no longer be tolerated in our society and for that to happen people need to know all the facts. Drink driving at any time of the day or day of the week is drink driving, which is why you must take extra care the following morning if you have been drinking the night before. If you have been on a drinking session the night before and got to bed very late you could still have alcohol in your system. As we can see from our analysis of Garda forensic investigation files, the morning after is a risk zone for alcohol related fatal crashes as 11% of fatal collisions in which a driver had consumed alcohol, occurred between the hours of 7am and 11am.”

At the press conference to launch this year’s Christmas and New Year road safety campaign, the RSA showcased its new Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) experience. Using VR technology the RSA has been able to put someone in the shoes of a driver who makes a foolish decision to drink and drive and experience first-hand the terrible consequences of drink driving.

Ms. O’Donnell commenting on the launch of the new RSA virtual reality drink driving experience said that “the new VR experience is designed to show road users the severe consequences of getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. The use of new and emerging technology to spread important road safety messages is a key tool in changing behaviour. We demonstrated this technology at the National Ploughing Championships in September and received excellent feedback from attendees who tried it. By using virtual reality technology, we are exposing people to hazardous experiences in safe circumstances.”

Assistant Commissioner David Sheahan, Garda Roads Policing Bureau said: “An Garda Síochána will be launching its six week Christmas and New year road safety campaign beginning this weekend. This will include a focus on Mandatory Intoxicant Testing checkpoints around the country to deter people from driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or a combination of both. With just over one in ten alcohol related fatal collisions happening the morning after An Garda Síochána will also be focusing operations to address this issue. Indeed, 6% of all DUI arrests to date this year have occurred in this period. Please don’t risk it – keep your loved ones and our roads safe this Christmas and New Year.”

Professor Denis Cusack, Director of the Medical Bureau for Road Safety, said: “While many people accept the dangers associated with drink driving, some people often overlook the potential dangers of driving the morning after drinking the night before. It’s important to remember that if you’ve been drinking the night before, there could still be alcohol in your system the morning after.

There’s no quick fix – nothing can help to remove alcohol from your body, only time. Remember that there is no safe level of alcohol you can consume before driving and you take a serious gamble trying to guess how much would still keep you under the limit for driving. Don’t take the risk and never ever drink and drive.”

The HSE’s website askaboutalcohol.ie is an excellent resource for people who are looking for advice on how to cut down on their alcohol intake and includes information on alcohol and driving.
136 people have died on Ireland’s roads to date in 2018 according to provisional figures from An Garda Síochána. There have been three fewer deaths this year compared to the same date last year.


Bus Eireann Christmas Arrangements for Park ‘n’ Ride – County Hall and Late Night Buses




COUNTY HALL PARK AND RIDE CHRISTMAS 2018

Saturdays: 24th Nov, 1st Dec, 8th Dec, 15th Dec, 22nd Dec

  • Ex County Hall first dep. 09:30 and every 15 minutes to last departure at 20.15
  • Ex Sheare’s St first dep. 09.45 and every 15 minutes to last departure at 20:30

Sundays 25th Nov, 2nd Dec, 9th Dec, 16th Dec, 23rd Dec 

  • Ex County Hall first dep. 10.30 and every 15 minutes to last departure at 20.15
  • Ex Sheares St first dep. 10:45 and every 15 minutes to last departure at 20:30

Fares:

  • Adult €3.00
  • Child €1.50
  • Family 2 Adults and 2 children under 16) €5.00

Leap Cards and Free Travel Passes (DSFA) are NOT valid on this service.


Late Night Bus Service – Christmas Period

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Glow: A Cork Christmas Celebration on the Grand Parade opens this Friday November 30th

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Opening of GLOW, A Cork Christmas Celebration on the Grand Parade which is presented by Cork City Council. GLOW runs every weekend until December 17th and from December 20th to 22nd. See www.glowcork.ie
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Experience the festive season on the Grand Parade as the much-loved festival GLOW, A Cork Christmas Celebration which is organised by Cork City Council opens this Friday November 30th.  Attended by over 160,000 people in 2017, GLOW will run every weekend in the build up to Christmas, and also Christmas week from Thursday December 20th to Saturday December 22nd. 

As part of GLOW, enjoy fantastic views of Cork City on the 30m Ferris Wheel, sample delicious food at the Christmas Market and listen to beautiful music by Cork choirs and bands on the Grand Parade.

No trip to GLOW is complete without a visit to Bishop Lucey Park which will be magically transformed into an historic Christmas wonderland based on the theme of ‘The Night Before Christmas in Old Cork’.

Prepare to be amazed – enjoy a nostalgic and engaging experience in a traditional Christmas atmosphere. Visitors will enter Bishop Lucey Park through an ice tunnel where they will be greeted by a Chirpy Snowperson as they stroll through streets reminiscent of a Medieval village. 

Visitors can look through the windows of Santa’s house where Santa Claus will be sleeping in preparation of his trip to Cork with Rudolf contently dreaming at his feet.  Make sure to visit the Old Post Office “Teach Phadaí Fear an Phoist” where Padaí the Postman will show children where they can post their important letters to Santa Claus. 

Bishop Lucey Park has been magically transformed into ‘The Night Before Christmas in Old Cork’ by Triangle Productions, a well-known Cork based event creation and management company. Triangle Productions specialise in artistic creations design and architecture, sets for theatre as well as major event planning and safety throughout Ireland. 

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn said:

“Cork is a special place at Christmas and we are encouraging everyone to come into the city and to shop locally. With fantastic Christmas food markets, choral performances, a 30-metre Ferris Wheel and illuminations in Bishop Lucey Park, there is so much to see and do this year at GLOW, Cork’s Christmas Festival. “Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow”

A host of wonderful musical performances will take place on the Grand parade throughout the event. Organised by Cork City Council and in partnership with Music Generation Cork City, these will include amongst others Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir, Cork City Male Voice Choir, Cork City Musical Society, GLÓ Trio and Barrack Street Youth and Junior Band.

GLOW will take place on the following dates:

  • Friday 30th November to Sunday, 2nd December
  • Friday 7th December to Sunday, 9th December
  • Friday 14th December to Sunday, 16th December
  • Thursday 20th December to Saturday 22nd December

Bishop Lucey Park will be open on these dates from 4.30pm to 8.30pm. The Christmas Food Markets on the Grand Parade will be open from 12noon to 8.30pm. The Ferris Wheel will be open each day from 12noon to 9pm. See www.glowcork.ie for full details.

The opening of GLOW this Friday, kick starts the city’s seasonal celebrations, and with them a promotional drive by Cork City Council and the Cork Business Association to encourage people to come into the city centre and to shop locally in the lead-up to Christmas. 

The media sponsors for GLOW, A Cork Christmas Celebration are Cork’s 96FM, C103 and the Evening Echo.

Road Safety Alert from the RSA: Orange Weather Warning Issued for Storm Diana

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27 November 2018: The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads on Wednesday as Met Éireann has issued an orange weather warning for strong winds for Ireland as Storm Diana approaches.

The counties that will be most affected are Wexford, Galway, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford.

Severe winds associated with Storm Diana on Wednesday: South to southwest winds of 65 to 80 km/h will gust 110 to 130 km/h. High Seas also, with a risk of coastal flooding from 06.00 – 14.00.

The RSA is asking road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.

There is additionally a nationwide yellow weather warning for Wednesday as gale force winds with south to southwest winds of 55 to 65 km/h gusting 90 to 110 km/h from 05.00 – 16.00

The RSA has the following advice for road users:

·         Beware of objects being blown out onto the road. Expect the unexpected.

·         Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road

·         Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds

·         Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists

·         Drive with dipped headlights at all times

 

Advice to Pedestrians, Cyclists and motorcyclists;

·         Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.

·         Take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

For advice on using the road in severe weather, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook andTwitter pages.

See video created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion with advice for driving in strong winds here.

Please also see suite of videos focusing on driving in severe weather here.

For more weather updates, visit Met Eireann’s website: www.met.ie