N25 to remain closed overnight at Lisacrue, near Killeagh following fatal collision

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Gardaí are at the scene of a fatal road traffic collision involving a motorcycle and a car at Lisacrue, near Killeagh, on the N25 between Cork and Waterford that occurred at approximately 6.30pm today Saturday 20th July 2019.

The motorcyclist (male, age unknown) was pronounced dead at the scene and was removed to Cork University Hospital.

The occupants of the car, a male and a female (both in their early 80s), were taken to Cork University Hospital as a precaution.

Forensic Collision Investigators are at the scene. The road is expected to stay closed overnight with local diversions in place.



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Have you come across a False Widow spider? Warning issued following hospitalisation of a Waterford woman

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According to RTE, a spider expert who’s based in Galway has asked for anyone who may have been bitten by a False Widow to contact his lab. Dr Dugon and Mr Dunbar told the Independent to keep the spider and reach out to them: “We recommend that victims keep the spider – even if it is dead, and to contact us at NUI Galway Venom System Lab and to go and see their GP if they develop swelling, extensive redness or if they feel “ill”.

This warning comes shortly after a Waterford woman was hospitalised for days following a serious bite from a False Widow spider.

What is a False Widow? Wikipedia explains:

Steatoda nobilis is a spider in the genus Steatoda, known in the United Kingdom as the noble false widow and often referred to as the false widow. As the common name indicates, the spider superficially resembles and is frequently confused for the black widow and other spiders in the genus Latrodectus, which can have medically significant venom.

Steatoda nobilis is native to Madeira and the Canary Islands from where it allegedly spread to Europe, and arrived in England before 1879, perhaps through cargo sent to Torquay. In England it has a reputation as one of the few local spider species which is capable of inflicting a painful bite to humans, with most bites resulting in symptoms similar to a bee or wasp sting. It has also been found in California and Chile.

The bite of this spider, along with others in the genus Steatoda, can produce a set of symptoms known as steatodism. Symptoms of bites include intense pain radiating from the bite site, along with feverishness or general malaise. Male bites are less severe than those of females.

 




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Witness appeal issued by Gardaí in Mallow as they investigate a fatal collision which occurred yesterday, Thursday 18th July

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Gardaí in Mallow are investigating a fatal road traffic collision that occurred at Knockane, Ballyclough, Mallow involving a car and a motorcycle at approximately 7:30pm on Thursday evening 18th July, 2019.

A male motorcyclist, (19 years), was pronounced dead at the scene and has been removed Cork University Hospital where a post mortem will take place. The driver of the car (man, early 70s) was uninjured.

Forensic Collision Investigators are currently at scene and the road is currently closed with local diversions in place.

Gardaí are appealling to any motorist who may have travelled the road at the time of the collision to contact them at Mallow Garda Station on 022 – 31450, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.




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A status yellow rainfall warning has been issued as heavy thundery downpours are expected

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Met Éireann have issued a status yellow – rainfall warning nationwide, valid Friday 19 July 2019 06:00 to Saturday 20 July 2019 03:00.

  • Forecasters are warning that heavy thundery downpours will give high totals of rainfall in short spaces of time today/early tonight leading to localized spot flooding.

Issued/Updated: Friday 19 July 2019 06:18
Valid: Friday 19 July 2019 06:00 to Saturday 20 July 2019 03:00



Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Dromahane this evening

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Gardaí in Mallow are investigating the circumstances of a fatal collision involving a motorcycle in Co Cork.

Shortly after 5pm Gardaí were called to the scene of a collision involving a motorcycle on the R619 at Kilpadder South, Dromahane. It’s understood the motorbike left the road a struck a ditch. The alarm was raised by passing motorists. The motorcyclist, a man in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. His body has since been removed to the mortuary at Cork University Hospital where a post-mortem examination will be arranged.

The scene was attended by Mallow Roads Policing Unit and the crash site was examined by Garda Forensic Collison Investigators. The bike has been removed for further examination.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Mallow Garda Station 022-31450 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.




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Witness and Information Appeal – Investigation into death of Infant Girl in Cork on 05 July 2019

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Gardaí at Anglesea Street investigating the murder of a 2-year-old infant girl on 5th July 2019 are renewing their appeal to the public for information.

Gardaí investigating the case are appealing to anyone who was in the Elderwood Estate area or Boreenamanna Road areas between 1.00am and 5.30am on Friday morning to come forward and make contact with the incident room. Investigators are particularly appealing to those with dash cam or mobile phone footage from the area at the relevant times to make it available to them. 

Anyone with information can contact Gardaí at Anglesea Street Station on 021 452 2000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111. 

The investigation is ongoing and further updates will follow.




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Swim marker buoys placed in the sea at Myrtleville as a Healthy Ireland partnership project

Myrtleville Swimmers enjoying a swim at the Launch of Swim Distance Buoys, Myrtleville Beach, supported through a Healthy Ireland Partnership by the HSE, Cork County Council, Port of Cork & IWS #healthyireland. Photo Siobhán Russell




Swim distance marker buoys have been placed at intervals to create a 1350 metre circuit in the sea at Myrtleville through a Healthy Ireland Partnership project.

Cllr Seamus McGrath, deputising for County Mayor Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan, officially launched the project this week and highlighted the importance of such initiatives which facilitate physical activity and wellbeing.

“As a coastal county, we have an enormous asset available for everyone to enjoy.  I am confident that the swim markers will encourage existing and new users to get into the water and swim, an activity that is good for mind and body,” he said.

Cllr McGrath thanked, Ian Venner, Bernard Lynch and Damian O’Neill who worked on behalf of the local swimming group, Myrtleville Swimmers, using their experience of swimming in the area to assist in the positioning of the buoys. He also acknowledged Nick Bourke and Paul O’Regan of Port of Cork, Mark Daly and Caroline Casey of Cork County Council and Priscilla Lynch, Head of Service Health & Wellbeing, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare who developed this initiative as a Healthy Ireland Partnership project.

Graham Kerr, Chairman of Cork Water Safety was also present at the launch.

Priscilla Lynch expressed delight in the effective partnership working that brought this project to completion in a very short period of time.

“Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Health & Wellbeing, connects partners, and collaborates with them to effect change, improving opportunities for safe and enjoyable physical activities. Healthy Ireland makes the healthy choice the easy choice, these swim marker buoys will encourage safer swimming among novice and experienced open water swimmers alike,” she said.

Fiona Donovan, Project Lead for the Healthy Ireland: Healthy Cities and Counties project and who developed the idea for the swim distance markers when in her role as Galway Coordinator explained:

It is so important to support people to be active and healthy”.

The aim of this project is to increase the number of people who swim in the sea while simultaneously allowing them to do so safely.

Damian O’Neill of Myrtleville swimmers commented:

“With hundreds of regular swimmers enjoying Myrtleville from dawn to dusk, these buoys are a fantastic addition to Cork Harbour.  The certainty of distance and safety support they offer will encourage many more people to have the confidence to enjoy the health benefits of sea swimming.”

Marie Watson, a distance Open Water Swimmer who swam 18km from Mizen Head to Fastnet Lighthouse in 2018 said:

“I am thrilled with the addition of the buoys and already they have made a hugely positive impact for the swimmers, old and new. The buoys will help our training and encourage and support us all to improve and swim safe and stronger.”

The Port of Cork Harbourmaster has issued a Notice to Mariners restricting Leisure craft such as jet skis in the buoyed area of Myrtleville beach.

Cork County Council’s Water Safety Officer Caroline Casey, encouraged beach users to be responsible at all times around water.

“Know your ability and take note of all safety information in advance of entering the water.  Further education around your safety in water is available on Water Safety Ireland website www.iws.ie   or on the Council’s Beachlifeguard Service Facebook page.




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Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following hit and run incident involving a toddler in Bandon last night

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Gardaí are appealing for information following a Hit and Run road traffic collision that occurred on Oliver Plunkett Street, Bandon yesterday evening – Saturday 29th June, 2019.

At approximately 6p.m. a toddler was struck by a passing motorist. The vehicle failed to stop and drove in the direction of Bandon Fire Station. The toddler (male, 2 years) was taken to Cork University Hospital and his injuries are not life threatening.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward, anyone who was in the area or travelling on Oliver Plunkett Street, Bandon at the time of the collision or prior to it, that can assist with any information. They particularly are appealing to motorists with dash cam footage of the incident to make it available to them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bandon Garda Station 023- 8852200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.




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LOCATED: Have you seen 16 year old Mary Ellen O’Donnell? Missing person appeal for missing teenager in Midleton

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Update: Mary Ellen has been located safe and well. Gardaí thank the public for their help.

Gardaí in Midleton are seeking the publics assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a missing 16 year old girl – Mary Ellen O’Donnell who is missing from her home in Leamlara. Mary Ellen was reported missing on the 12th June 2019, but was last seen on the 19th June 2019 in the Glebe area of Midleton.

Mary Ellen is described as being:

  • 165cm in Height
  • Broad Build
  • Long Wavy Black Hair
  • Blue Eyes

When last seen she was wearing grey pants, bright yellow top and a large patterned handbag.

Anyone who has seen Mary Ellen or who can assist in locating her is asked to contact Midleton Garda Station on (021) 4621550, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

  • Midleton Garda Station:  (021) 4621550
  • Garda Confidential: 1800 666111

A status yellow – high temperature warning comes into effect from 13:00 Today!

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Met Éireann have issued a status yellow – high temperature ☀️ warning for Cork, Thursday 27 June 2019 13:00 to Thursday 27 June 2019 19:00.

  • Temperatures will be in excess of 27.0 degrees Celsius, during Thursday afternoon.

Issued/Updated: Wednesday 26 June 2019 12:00
Valid: Thursday 27 June 2019 13:00 to Thursday 27 June 2019 19:00


Are you working outdoors this summer? Get the low down on protecting your skin here. Not sure about the best type of sun cream to wear?

We thought we’d get the facts for you, so here they are in a nutshell:

  • What is UVA, UBB and SPF? UV Radiation is transmitted in different wavelengths, UVA/UVB/UVC. However, UVC can’t penetrate the atmosphere. We need only protect against UVA/UVB rays.
    • UVA affects the elastin and pigmentation in the skin, which can lead to skin ageing but it’s also what causes you to tan – due to melanin being produced. It can also lead to skin cancer.
    • UVB is the culprit behind sunburn, and also has very strong links to malignant melanoma and basal cell carcinoma, as well as other types of skin cancer. Sunscreen with high sun protection factor (SPF) helps to block most UVB rays which prevent skin from burning. It also helps reduce the risk of skin cancer.
  • Which should I choose? Sunscreens are labelled based on their SPF rating, and UVA star rating. You should be choosing a sunscreen with a high SPF (30+, and 50+ for children ideally) and a 4/5 star UVA rating. The star rating indicates the percentage of UVA rays that are absorbed, in comparison to UVB. It’s the ratio between the protection offered by the sunscreen.
  • What does that mean? If you buy a SPF30, with 2 stars – this means the level of UVA protection is lower than that of the UVB protection being offered. We recommend always going with both a high SPF, and 4/5 star rating.
  • Remember: More expensive doesn’t always mean better! Some of the best sunscreen can be purchased from discount stores, and budget supermarkets!

Information References: bad.org.uk & melanomaireland.ie.



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