A status yellow rainfall warning has been issued for Cork valid Wednesday 20 November 2019 00:01 to Thursday 21 November 2019 12:00

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Met Éireann have issued a status yellow – rainfall warning for Cork, which is valid from Wednesday 20 November 2019 00:01 to Thursday 21 November 2019 12:00.

  • Forecasters are warning that from Wednesday night until noon on Thursday, spells of heavy rain at times will give amounts of 30 to 50 mm with a risk of spot flooding.

Issued/Updated: Tuesday 19 November 2019 10:00
Valid: Wednesday 20 November 2019 00:01 to Thursday 21 November 2019 12:00




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Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in the Taur area of Newmarket overnight

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Gardaí are investigating a fatal single vehicle road traffic collision that occurred in the Taur area of Newmarket, Cork, on 19/11/2019 at approximately 12:18am.

A car collided with a ditch. The driver, a man in his 70s, the sole occupant of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The body has been removed to the City Morgue at Cork University Hospital for a post mortem. The scene of the incident remains closed for a forensic examination.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have information, particularly any road users who may have travelled through the area between 12:10am and 12:30am, to contact them at Mallow Garda Station on 022 31450 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.




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A man has been arrested following an armed robbery with a machete on the Blackrock Road today

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A 23-year-old man has been arrested by Gardaí following a robbery at a service station in Cork City. Shortly after 5.30pm a man armed with what is described as a machete entered a service station on Blackrock Road, Cork. He threatened staff before leaving on foot with a tray from a till containing sum on cash and receipts.

The alarm was raised and in a follow up operation involving uniformed Gardaí and armed detectives based at Anglesea Street and Blackrock Stations, a 23-year-old male suspect was arrested near the scene a short time later. A sum of cash was also recovered.

The suspect is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 for questioning at the Bridewell Garda Station.

No one was injured during the incident. Investigations are ongoing.




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A status yellow low temperature warning has been issued for Cork as temperatures could dip to -4°c tonight

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Met Éireann have issued a status yellow – low temperature warning for Cork overnight, valid from Sunday 17 November 2019 20:00 to Monday 18 November 2019 10:00.

  • Forecasters are warning that it will be very cold overnight tonight, with minimum air temperatures ranging from -2°C to -4°C. Widespread severe frost with the risk of icy patches.
  • Some pockets of freezing fog also expected.

Issued/Updated: Sunday 17 November 2019 11:00.
Valid:  Sunday 17 November 2019 20:00 to Monday 18 November 2019 10:00.
Updated: Sunday 17th November 2019 18:10

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Gardaí launch Operation Quest – An Investigation into Attacks on Sex Workers

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Detectives attached to ‘Operation Quest’ team at the Garda National Protective Services Bureau, are liaising with local Detective Units in relation to a number of recent attacks on Sex Workers primarily in the Dublin Area. Since the middle of October 2019 seven (7) attacks have occurred nationwide on sex workers advertising sexual services on online sites. Investigation into these attacks are at an advanced stage.

The motive for these attacks appears to be monetary gain, although violence has been used and they have been terrifying incidents for the injured parties (female and male) involved. On each occasion an online appointment is made, but when the ‘client’ arrives the sex worker is attacked and robbed by a number of males.

An Garda Síochána is working closely with all the injured parties involved in these incidents. We are treating these victims with the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality.

An Garda Síochána is appealing to any sex worker who may have been subject to a similar attack to immediately report the incident. You will be treated confidentially with compassion and sensitivity.

An Garda Síochána is appealing to any person with information on these callous, targeted attacks to please contact Gardaí to assist in bringing these dangerous attackers to justice.

An Garda Síochána can be contacted via the Garda Confidential Number 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

A list of victim support groups are available through the Garda website at https://www.garda.ie/en/Victim-Services/Where-else-can-I-get-support-/Victim-Support-Services.html.




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Weather for the week ahead by Cork – All Things Weather – Tuesday 12th November

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It’s certainly cold, that’s for sure! We’ve got the Weather Outlook for the week as provided to us by Cork – All Things Weather.

A cloudy and dry night in store tonight. For me it doesn’t feel as cold as the previous night but no doubt it is still cold. Temps will be as low as 3ºC feeling more like 1ºC.

Tomorrow is the beginning of the real cold feel from what I can see and as a note to my previous monthly forecast for December I am now in a quandary as the models are not really giving what we should get but the Jetstream is failing to recover by returning to a more northerly position and instead is continuing to be further South and any attempts to get back up fail but more on this later in the week.
Now back to tomorrow and as stated the beginning of what I think is going to be the real cold feel.

We will start off with showers in the morning and temps at 6ºC (3ºC feel) and as the morning progresses by midday I see the temps dropping to around 4ºC (1ºC feel) and any showers giving a sleety mix (18% chance) and a 5% risk of heavy downpours.
The afternoon sees a slight pickup with temp getting to 5ºC (1ºC) and showers continuing with a 32% rose of heavy downpours. Showers continuing through the evening and temps dropping back to 4ºC (0ºC) with a 12% sleet risk.

Wednesday night will see temps drop to 3ºC (-1ºC) Sleet risk 27%.

Real Cold feel is looking to land around Monday next with temps hovering around 0ºC (-2–C) in the first half of the day. Thankfully the second half should get above these temps.

A cloudy and dry night in store tonight. For me it doesn’t feel as cold as the previous night but no doubt it is still…

Posted by Cork – All Things Weather on Tuesday, November 12, 2019




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Reminder: The Cork City Christmas Lights will be switched on this Sunday, 17th November

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Organised by Cork City Council, 7 year old Keela Cunningham and 9 year old Hannah Burke, Kileens at the Switching on of the Christmas Lights in Cork which marks the start of the festive season in the city. See www.glowcork.ie
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Cork City Christmas Lights to be switched on this Sunday November 17th

Read our original article with information on times, and travel details.

Organised by Cork City Council, the switching on of the Cork City Christmas Lights will take place this Sunday November 17th on Patrick’s Street from 6.30pm. The Christmas Lights will be switched on by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. John Sheehan and there is a rumored appearance of Santa!

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. John Sheehan said:

“The countdown to Christmas truly begins with the switching on of the Christmas Lights. This wonderful free family festive event will take place at approximately 7.15pm and I invite people to come into the city to see Cork being lit up for Christmas. I would also encourage people to support Cork businesses and to shop locally for Christmas.”

KC and Ross Brown who present KC and Ross in the Morning on Cork’s 96FM, will MC the Switching on of the Christmas Lights.

Ireland’s leading pop music school, The Academy of Popular Music will perform much-loved Christmas songs including White Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Fairytale of New York. Students from The Academy of Popular Music, have previously performed on the Late Late Toy Show, the Voice of Ireland, and Cork’s Got Talent.

They will be joined on stage by members of the Cork Deaf Community Choir who will sign using Irish sign language a selection of Christmas songs. Throughout the evening ISL Irish Sign Language Services will be on offer, and patrons with additional mobility needs will be accommodated close to the stage.

Due to the large volume of people who annually attend the Switching on of the Christmas Lights, members of the public are being asked to give themselves plenty of time to come into Cork City on Sunday. Normal Sunday parking restrictions will apply and traffic wardens will be on duty. Some additional road closures and lane restrictions will be in place from 12 noon to 9.30pm on the day, so drivers are advised to check the website. Park and Ride will operate on a Monday to Friday frequency from 11am-9pm from Black Ash to Lapps Quay, and with the last Bus leaving the City Centre at 8.30pm.

See www.corkchristmascelebration.ie for details on parking in the city.

The switching on of the Christmas Lights will kick start the city’s seasonal celebrations and a big promotional drive by Cork City Council and the Cork Business Association encouraging people to shop in Cork and to shop locally for Christmas.

Cork will be transformed into a festive wonderland with the opening of GLOW on Friday November 29th which will run for four weekends in the build up to Christmas.

DKANE 18/11/2018 REPRO FREE Organised by Cork City Council, Isabel and Lucy Potter, Fairhill at the Switching on of the Christmas Lights in Cork which marks the start of the festive season in the city. See www.glowcork.ie Pic Darragh Kane
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Organised by Cork City Council, Isabel and Lucy Potter, Fairhill at the Switching on of the Christmas Lights in Cork which marks the start of the festive season in the city. See www.glowcork.ie
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An Garda Síochána launch ‘Metal Theft Campaign’ to tackle the problem of metal theft

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An Garda Síochána in conjunction with Crimestoppers and ESB Networks are today launching a campaign to tackle the serious problem of metal theft. The new campaign continues the work of the Metal Theft Forum, which was established in 2012 to develop a metal theft prevention and crime reduction plan.

Metal theft affects a large number of businesses and communities and includes the theft of electricity cables, copper wires, road signs, beer kegs, electrical goods, letterboxes and goal posts. Ireland’s electricity network, public transport and telecommunications networks have all been victims of metal theft, with criminals removing large amounts of electrical cable, signal cable and copper wire.

Of particular concern is the sharp increase in ESB Network station break-ins and the ongoing theft of electrical cable. In 2019 the number of High Voltage (HV) station break-ins doubled compared to 2018 and 2017. There have been 43 break-ins to ESB Networks substations in 2019. Serious injuries and fatalities have been caused as a direct consequence of metal theft.

John O’Driscoll, Assistant Commissioner of An Garda Síochána said: “Metal Theft can affect everyone. Specifically, stealing metal from ESB Networks’ equipment causes power cuts which impact on families, businesses and the economy in general. I appeal to any person to contact An Garda Síochána, immediately, if they are aware of suspicious activity taking place close to an electrical installation on their land. I am also specifically appealing to any person involved in the purchase and or resale of metal products, to ask appropriate questions and report unusual sources of metal as you may inadvertently facilitate criminal activity and commit an offence of handling stolen property, if you purchase metal that is stolen”.

An Garda Síochána are calling on members of the public and, in particular, the farming community with overhead power lines on their land to be vigilant of suspicious activity and to come forward with any information they may have on metal theft and people engaged in this illegal activity. Information can be provided to your local Garda station, by calling ESB Networks on 1820 372 999 or by the Crimestoppers confidential telephone service by calling 1800 25 00 25.


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New Cycling Legislation Announced November 12th make it an offence to dangerously overtake a pedal cyclist

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As of midnight, Tuesday 12th November 2019, new laws protecting cyclists have come into effect. The new legislation will make it an offence to dangerously overtake a pedal cyclist. Building on existing legislation, it provides for an increased fixed charge penalty of €120 and three penalty points for offenders.

An Garda Síochána, the Department for Transport, Tourism and Sport, the Road Safety Authority, and the Office of the Attorney General have worked closely together to develop a robust legal mechanism to target drivers who put cyclists at risk in this manner.

The Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 builds on the existing legislation with regard to dangerous overtaking. These regulations divide the offence of dangerous overtaking to make it a separate offence to dangerously overtake a pedal cyclist. This separate offence will carry an increased fixed charge of €120 and three penalty points. This will particularly target drivers who put cyclists at risk.

Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary said: “Cyclists are one of the most vulnerable road user groups and tragically this year there have been 9 cyclists killed on our roads, compared with 8 at this point last year. An Garda Síochána therefore welcomes these new measures which increases the penalty for drivers that put cyclists at risk and also the suite of educational measures to change driver behaviour. Drivers must give cyclists room to cycle safely, especially when overtaking.”

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD stated, “This law will target and punish drivers who are guilty of this deadly, dangerous behaviour. Equally important is the impact I hope it will have on driver behaviour. It will provide a heightened awareness of the importance of sharing road space in a respectful and safe manner.”

“Too many cyclists have frankly terrifying tales to tell of intimidatingly close passes and near misses. And we are all sadly aware of the worrying numbers of cyclists being killed and injured on our roads, despite a downward trend in road fatalities more generally.”

Speaking on the introduction of the new law, Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, Road Safety Authority (RSA) said, “Drivers should always allow safe passing distances for cyclists and should always adjust their behaviour to suit the road environment. This includes slowing down and ensuring you pass cyclists when it is safe to do so, and critically, giving them the space to ride safe. Drivers need to remember that in the event of a collision, a cyclist will always come off worse. The introduction of this new law with tough penalties for drivers who flout it, is very timely given that we have tragically lost 9 cyclists in fatal crashes to date in 2019.”

The introduction of the new law will be highlighted by the rollout of new signage warning motorists to allow adequate space when overtaking cyclists. The signage includes providing for a one metre distance overtaking space (in locations with speed limits less than 50km/h) and 1.5 metre distance (where speed limit exceeds 50 km/h). The Road Safety Authority (RSA) will underpin the introduction of the new law changes through a radio, digital and outdoor advertising campaign. In addition it will continue to run its TV led campaign which advises drivers to slow down and provide for at least 1.5 metres space between cyclists and drivers.

The Minister also announced that a Public Appointments Service competition will shortly be commenced to appoint four people to the Board of Transport Infrastructure Ireland. The Minister intends reserving one of the posts to an individual with cycling expertise.




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Our Top Tips for Winter Driving Conditions

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Our top tips for winter driving conditions!

We’ve compiled a list of top tips to help you in the cold, wintry weather.

  • Never start your vehicles engine and then leave the vehicle unattended. This increases your risk of theft to your vehicle.
  • Prepare for your journey in advance, and expect to leave early. Allow an extra 30 minutes for your journey.
  • Use de-icer / ice scraper to clear ice from windscreens and wing mirrors. Never use warm or boiling water to de-ice your vehicle, this may cause the windscreen to crack or shatter. Water on the ground may freeze, causing it to be a hazard to pedestrians.
  • Check your tyres and the thread depth. There is a minimum legal limit in Ireland, and that is 1.6mm. Ensuring your tyres are in good condition, and inflated to the correct tyre pressure.
  • Change summer tyres to winter tyres.
  • Anticipate “Black Ice” – which is a hazard due to the fact that its pretty much invisible, and difficult to spot. Black Ice is prominent on roads which may be sheltered by tree’s or in an area without a large traffic flow.
  • Never try put down electric windows when frozen, you could cause more damage than good.
  • To help with rubber door seals use a rubber conditioner to stop doors from sticking. Available from all good motoring stores.
  • If possible cover the car with a tarp and pull it off in the morning.
  • Turn off auto lights, wipers, heaters and radio when parking your car overnight so in the morning when starting the engine it will take the extra load off the battery. Don’t forget your vehicle uses alot more battery power in the winter than summer.
  • Check all lights are working on your vehicle. Only use fog lights in dense fog or falling snow. Improper use of fog lights is also a motoring offence.
  • Have a high visibility vest, torch, extra jacket, blanket, spare tyre and drinking water in case of a breakdown. Check you have breakdown cover with your insurance company, don’t wait until you break down. Remember a flat tyre is considered a breakdown. 
  • Avoid journeys if possible, but if you have to travel always have a fully charged mobile phone, and always tell someone of your planned journey and let them know when you arrive.

This list is not exhaustive, and there are many other tips that can be provided. Please feel free to send us your suggestions.

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