Save the date! The Cork Christmas lights will be switched on Sunday 17th November 2019

Picture: Miki Barlok

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It’s that time of year again! It’s time for the Christmas Lights to be switched on, and the beginning of the GLOW – A Cork Christmas Celebration 2019.

Dare we say it but Christmas will soon be upon us. We’ll be covering events happening throughout December as they approach us, but for now we’ve got the date the lights are being switched on in Cork this year.

Sunday, 17th November is the date and the event runs from 6pm – 7.30pm. The switch on will take place on St. Patrick’s Street as previous years.

Due to the large volume of people who annually attend the Switch On of the Christmas Lights, members of the public are being asked to give themselves plenty of time to come into Cork City on the Sunday. Please comply with instructions from stewards as to how to move into and out of the event area safely. With road closures and lane restrictions in place in place in the city centre on the day, patrons are recommended to use public transport for ease of movement in and out of the city.

Visit the festive installation in Bishop Lucey Park, soar high above Cork on a giant Ferris wheel and indulge in the festive market and entertainment on the Grand Parade this Christmas. Access to the markets is free.

Glow will take place on:

  • Friday 29th November to Sunday 1st December
  • Friday 6th December to Sunday 8th December
  • Friday 13th December to Sunday 15th December
  • Friday 20th December to Sunday, 22nd December

Opening Hours – Park Installation & Market:

  • Opening hours of the Market: 12noon to 8.30 pm each day
  • Opening hours of the Park: 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm each day

Ferris Wheel:

  • Opening Hours: 12.00 – 9.00pm from Friday 29th November, to Sunday 5th January 2019.
  • The Ferris Wheel will close on Christmas Day, and close at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.
  • Pricing: Adults: €4 | Child (Age 3+) €3 | Child (Age 2 and under) €2

Bishop Lucey Park

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.

Some information has been taken from the 2018 Christmas Celebrations and will be updated as required.

Information via corkchrismtascelebration.ie




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Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following Potential Incitement of Hatred Incident at the Social Welfare Office on Hannover Street

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Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following Potential Incitement of Hatred Incident at the Social Welfare Office on Hannover Street.

Gardaí are appealing for information in relation to a potential incitement of hatred incident at a Social Welfare Office on Hannover Street, Cork the was reported to Gardaí on the 16th October 2019.

The incident was reported after a member of the public noticed an offensive sticker that was placed at the entrance to the building. Anyone with information is asked to contact Anglesea Street Garda Station on 021-452 200, The Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111, any Garda Station or the Garda National Diversity & Integration Unit 01 6663150 or [email protected]
An Garda Síochána has a significant focus on enhancing the identification, reporting, investigation and prosecution of hate crimes as published in the Garda Diversity and Integration Strategy 2019-2021.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.




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National ‘Slow Down Day’ – 18th & 19th October 2019

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National “Slow Down” Day 18th – 19th October 2019

  • 24 – hour road safety speed initiative
  • More road deaths recorded this year compared to last
  • Adjust your speed to all the prevailing road, weather and traffic conditions
  • Vulnerable road users more at risk in darker, wetter weather

An Garda Síochána will conduct a national speed enforcement operation “Slow Down”, supported by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and other stakeholders, for a 24 hour period from 07.00hrs on Friday 18th October to 07.00hrs on Saturday 19th October 2019.

The aim of “Slow Down day” is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive or inappropriate speed. The overall objective is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.

In terms of road safety, 2018 was the lowest on record with 142 road deaths, however it is still 142 road deaths too many. We can never be complacent about road safety. Excessive and inappropriate speed is a contributory factor in approximately one third of fatal road traffic collisions. The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood is of a collision happening and the more severe the outcome of that collision. As a general rule a 1% reduction in average speed will bring about a 4% reduction in fatal collisions, and this is why reducing motorists’ speed is essential to improving road safety.

Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary, Roads Policing Bureau said:-

“This is the second Slow Down day of 2019 and it could not come at a more appropriate time. Roads deaths are significantly higher than this period last year and with the darker, wetter weather approaching, vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists will be at higher risk over the coming months. Lowering speed is crucial for reducing injuries in the event of a collision and keeps everyone in the community safer. Please check your speed and support Slow Down day, not only on the day, but every day.”

Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary continued: –

“Whilst most drivers abide by the speed limits, there has been an increase of 15% in detections to date in 2019 compared to 2018. It is also very disappointing to see some drivers detected driving considerably over the speed limit. Our social media accounts are full of such examples. Each time a driver chooses to drive at an excessive or inappropriate speed is potentially a serious or fatal collision. Please don’t be one of the driver’s detected speeding on Slow Down day and make that choice to drive safely every day”

Ms. Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, Road Safety Authority said:-

“Excessive and inappropriate speeding is the biggest killer behaviour on our road, it’s a contributor factor in a third of all fatal crashes. Remember the two second rule, or four in wet conditions, that’s all the braking space you will have if you need to stop in a hurry.

What a driver considers small increases in their speed could be the difference between life and death for such vulnerable road users. A pedestrian or cyclist hit by at 60km/h will only have a 1 in 10 chance of survival, however if hit at 30km/h, 9 out of 10 will survive. This is especially true in vulnerable road user rich environments like towns and cities. So please support ‘National Slow Down Day’ and every day by reducing your speed. Not only will you save lives you will also save money by being more fuel efficient.”

The operation will consist of high visibility speed enforcement in over 1,000 speed enforcement zones, as well as the delivery of a road safety message through national, local and social media.

Government Departments, Local Authorities, Public and private sector fleet operators are invited to participate in the initiative by circulating employees with the key message to “Slow Down” and, whether driving for business or private purposes, to always drive within the speed limit and at a speed appropriate to the prevailing conditions.

Highest speed per speed band from Gosafe safety cameras, January – October 2019:

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Gardaí arrest a man and woman in relation to a stabbing on North Main Street on 1st October

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Gardaí have arrested a man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s in relation to a serious assault on North Main Street, Cork that occurred on Tuesday, 1st October 2019.

Searches were carried out today, 16th October 2019 by Detective Gardaí from the Serious Crime Unit in Cork city which resulted in the arrests.

The woman in her 20s was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Gurranabraher Garda Station and has since been released without charge.

The man in his 30s is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Bridewell Garda Station




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Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a fire in Kanturk yesterday evening

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Gardaí are appealing for witnesses in relation to a fire outside a barber shop on O’Brien Street, Kanturk on the 15th October 2019.

Shortly before 9pm, Gardaí received a report of a silver car on fire, flames from which had spread to the front of a barber shop on O’Brien Street. A man wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, a grey top was seen running from the scene.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. The scene is currently preserved for technical examination.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the O Brien Street and Greenane area and who may have seen the incident or drivers who may have dashcam footage, to contact Kanturk Garda Station on 029-20680, The Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.




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Missing Person Appeal – Kaelam McKibbon – 23 years Carrigtwohill

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Gardaí are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the where about of a missing 23 year old, Kaelam McKibbon who is missing from his home in Carrigtwohill since Sunday 13th October 2019.

Kaelam was last seen on the 13th October 2019.

Kaelam is described as being:

  • 5ft 8”
  • Slim Build
  • Dark Hair
  • Beard
  • Blue Eyes

It’s not know what Kaelam was wearing when he was last seen.

Anyone who has seen Kaelam or who can assist in locating him is asked to contact Cobh Garda Station on 021 4908530, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

  • Cobh Garda Station:  021 4908530
  • Garda Confidential: 1800 666111




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A status yellow rainfall warning has been issued by Met Éireann – valid from Sunday 13 October 2019 23:00 to Monday 14 October 2019 23:59

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Met Éireann have issued a status yellow – rainfall warning for Munster, valid from Sunday 13 October 2019 18:00 to Monday 14 October 2019 23:59.

  • Forecasters are warning that heavy rainfall will occur during the period indicated with the potential for heavy rainfall expected during the period with some heavy bursts occuring in short intervals of time. There is potential for flooding.

Issued/Updated: Saturday 13 October 2019 09:00
Valid:  Sunday 13 October 2019 18:00 to Monday 14 October 2019 23:59

 






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Updated: Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following the death of a man in his 50’s at Mardyke Walk

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Update 13/10/19 18:12

Gardaí at Anglesea Street are appealing for witnesses following the death of a man in his 50s at Mardyke Walk, Cork.

At approximately 12.45am, Gardaí and emergency services were alerted following reports of an injured man and a tent on fire at Mardyke Walk, Cork. Upon arrival at the scene, they discovered an unconscious man with serious injuries. He was removed to Cork University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The man, believed to be aged in his 50s has yet to be formally identified.

A post mortem has been carried out by Assistant State Pathologist, Dr. Margaret Bolster this afternoon, the results of which are not being released for operational reasons.

The scene is currently preserved for technical examination by the Cork City Divisional Scenes of Crime Unit. An incident room has been established and a Senior Investigating Officer has been appointed to the case. A number of statements have been taken and CCTV in the area is being downloaded.

Speaking at the scene Superintendent Michael Comyns said – ‘We are appealing to those who were in Mardyke Walk area between 11pm last night and 1am this morning who may have witnessed any activity in the area to come forward. We are also appealing to motorists who may have passed through Mardyke Walk around these times to make dash-cam footage available to us. There are a number of guest houses in the area with visitors to the city staying last night and we would ask that if anybody seen or heard anything, no matter how insignificant they think it is, to contact us. We are currently treating this as a homicide investigation.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact Anglesea Street Garda Station on 021 -4522000, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.


Gardaí in Anglesea Street, Cork were alerted to a fire and an unconscious man at Mardyke Walk in the early hours of this morning Sunday 13th October, 2019.

The injured man was removed to Cork University Hospital at approximately 1am this morning. The man has since passed away.

The State Pathologist has been notified and the scene is currently preserved. The post mortem is due to take place this morning.

Gardaí are appealing for any persons who were in Mardyke Walk area between 12 midnight and 1am this morning and who may have witnessed any activity in the area or any motorists who may have passed through Mardyle Walk around these times and have Dashcam footage to contact Anglesea Garda Station on 021 -4522000, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.




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Missing Person Appeal – Tadgh O’Riordan, 69 years – Kanturk

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Gardaí in Kanturk are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the where about of a missing 69 year old, Tadgh O’Riordan who is missing from the Greenane, Kanturk area since Wednesday 9th October 2019.

Tadgh is described as being:

  • 5ft 7”
  • Medium Build
  • Blue Eyes

When last seen, Tadgh was wearing:

  • Brown glasses, with round frames.
  • Tan / Brown Jacket
  • Navy/Blue Jumper
  • White Shirt
  • Navy Chino Style Pants
  • Black Shoes
  • He was also carrying a walking stick.

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Kanturk Garda Station on 029 20680 or The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

  • Kanturk Garda Station:  029 20680
  • Garda Confidential: 1800 666111




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A man has been arrested following a burglary at a house in Leamlara on 28/09/2019

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Gardaí have arrested and charged a man in his 20s in relation to a burglary at a house in Leamlara, Midleton that occurred on the 28th September 2019.

At approximately 10am, Gardaí in Midleton received a report of a burglary at a house in Leamlara that was unoccupied at the time. An investigation was carried out by Gardaí and a man in his 20s was arrested in the Midleton area yesterday, 10th October 2019.

He was brought to Midleton Garda Station, detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 and has since been charged to appear before the courts at a later date.




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