Man arrested and charged in relation to armed robbery at a shop in Mallow yesterday

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Gardaí have arrested and charged a man in his 50s in relation to a robbery at a shop in Ballydaheen, Mallow on the 5th January, 2020.

Shortly after 6.30pm, a man armed with what is believed to be a knife entered the shop, threatened staff and demanded cash from the shop assistant. The man then left the scene with a sum of cash.

Gardaí from Mallow, assisted by the Southern Region Dog Unit, carried out a search of the area and a man In 50s was arrested. The knife that was believed to have been used during the robbery was also recovered.

He was brought to Mallow Garda Station and detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. He has since been charged and is due to appear before Cork City District Court this morning, 6th January at 10.30am.




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A status yellow wind warning has been issued for Cork

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Met Éireann have issued a status yellow – wind warning for Cork, which is valid from 03:00 Monday 06/01/2020 to 11:00 Monday 06/01/2020

  • Forecasters are warning that in coastal areas, southerly winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h with occasional gusts of 90 to 100 km/h.

Issued/Updated: 10:00 Sunday 05/01/2020
Valid: 03:00 Monday 06/01/2020 to 11:00 Monday 06/01/2020




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Gardaí issue an appeal for witnesses following aggravated burglary in Mayfield overnight

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Gardaí are appealing for witnesses in relation to an aggravated burglary that occurred on the 3rd January, 2020 at a house in Ard Bhaile, Mayfield.

At approximately 1:45am, two men entered the house armed with what is believed to be a hammer and a knife. A man late teens who was in the house at the time was taken to Cork University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

No arrests have been made and Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Mayfield Garda Station on 021-4558510, The Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.




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HSE Advises: Sort that cough without antibiotics!

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The HSE is today (Thursday, 2nd January 2020) reminding people that most coughs are viral which means they get better just as fast without antibiotics. You can get unpleasant side effects from antibiotics including tummy upsets, rashes, vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain. You should only take antibiotics if you need them or they might not work when you do need them. In coughs, green mucous (phlegm) is produced by inflammation caused by infections. Virus and bacteria both cause green mucous so green mucous does not mean you need antibiotics.

Dr Nuala O’Connor, a Cork based GP and ICGP Lead for Antimicrobial Resistance says “GPs see a lot of coughs at this time of year. Coughing is part of your body’s way of protecting your lungs. It is better to cough up phlegm than to have it stay lower in your lungs. Coughing spreads the germs that caused your cough in the first place so it is important not to spread the illness to others. You can do this by coughing into a tissue, binning the tissue immediately and washing your hands afterwards or coughing into your elbow. Remember many people do not follow this advice so most surfaces like door handles have bugs on them. Be careful to keep your hands away from your face /mouth and always wash your hands before touching or eating food to avoid picking up infections.”

Know the time frame for your cough:

1 – 3 days

Most coughs are caused by colds or flu. They usually come with other symptoms such as a runny nose, fever, sore throat, earache or general aches and pains.

If your cough is a result of a cold or flu, you do not need to see the doctor. There is no quick way of getting rid of a cough. It will usually clear up after your immune system has beaten the bug that is causing it. The simplest and cheapest way to ease a tickly or chesty cough is with any of the common over-the-counter remedies. If you need advice ask your pharmacist.

4 – 7 days

By this stage, many tickly and chesty coughs will start to improve, but sometimes coughs can last longer. You can continue to take over-the-counter remedies if you need them.

7 – 21 days

Your cough should be better by now but if it lasts more than three weeks, you should make an appointment to see your doctor.

Dr O’Connor says “If your cough is caused by a cold and you need advice, talk to your pharmacist first. Over-the-counter cough remedies may ease your cough and help you to bring up phlegm so that coughing is easier. Paracetamol or ibuprofen will relieve pain. Many people also find that hot honey and lemon drinks are helpful. Antibiotics do not actually ease a cough – they kill bacteria. Rest, drinking plenty of liquids and taking time to allow your immune system to fight the infection are very important.

“If you have asthma, you are probably already on inhalers. When your symptoms flare you need to follow the management plan you have agreed with your doctor. This usually involves doubling up on your preventer inhaler and taking your reliever inhaler 4 times a day. You may need a short course of steroids, but asthmatics rarely need antibiotics even though they are commonly prescribed.”

“If you are a smoker and have COPD then when you get cold you will notice an increase in cough and phlegm production. Most of these infections are caused by viruses but you do have a higher risk of developing a bacterial infection that might need antibiotic treatment .The first thing to do is increase your inhalers as per your doctors instructions for an acute flare of your COPD. You will often need a short course of steroids too. If you are over 65 or have severe COPD you will reduce your risk of infection if you get a pneumonia vaccine and your annual flu vaccination.”

If your child has a cough but is in reasonably good form and is drinking well, there is often no need to do anything. Your child’s immune system will fight the bug that is causing the cough. If you need advice, talk to your pharmacist. Paracetamol or ibuprofen will relieve pain or fever. If your child is over 6 years of age, they can also take over-the-counter cough remedies. Saline nose sprays can help to clear the nasal passages. Coughing spreads the germs that caused your child’s cough in the first place so it is important not to pass the germs on to others. Get your child to cough into a tissue, bin the tissue immediately and wash their hands or cough into their elbow.

If you are worried especially about young children and the elderly then it’s best to have a face to face consultation with your GP. If your GP tells you your own immune system can fight this infection and you do not need antibiotics then this is good news. It means you don’t have to take any chance of getting antibiotic side effects.

For more information on coughs visit the HSE website www.undertheweather.ie #TreatItYourself




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4% Rise in Road Deaths Recorded in 2019

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  • Pedestrian deaths decline by 36% and passenger deaths down by 20%, but 2019 sees 45% rise in driver deaths
  • Vulnerable road user deaths decline by 23%

Provisional road collision statistics for 2019 show deaths resulting from road traffic collisions have increased. A total of 148* people lost their lives in 2019, compared to 142 in 2018, a 4% rise. 2018 was the safest recorded year on Irish roads.

Up to 1pm on the 31 December 2019 a total of 148 people died on Ireland’s roads as a result of 137 fatal crashes, compared to 142 lives lost in 135 fatal crashes in 2018. The figures were published by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) today Tuesday 31 December 2019, following an analysis of provisional fatal collision reports by An Garda Síochána.

Casualty figures for 2019 show that while there has been a sharp drop in pedestrian deaths, down 15 or 36%, and passenger deaths, down 4 or 20%, there has been a worrying increase in the number of drivers killed, up 25 or 45%, compared to 2018.

While there was one more motorcyclist death recorded in 2019 compared to 2018 (16 versus 15) an overall analysis of vulnerable road user (VRU) casualties shows that there was a 23% reduction in VRU fatalities.

Mr. Shane Ross, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport said, “Firstly I want to express my deepest condolences to the families of those who have died on Ireland’s roads in 2019, and not forgetting the many hundreds who have suffered serious injury. The only way to respond to these needless deaths and injuries on our roads is through action not words. While families and friends grieve the loss of their loved one, we must as a society all respond with deeds, to prevent it happening to others. This means the Government and its agencies continuing to implement life saving measures contained in the Road Safety Strategy. It also means individually, as ordinary road users, that we need to take greater responsibility for our actions when using the road. We can do this by slowing down, not driving while impaired through drink, drugs or fatigue, by not driving while using a phone, by wearing a seatbelt and always sharing the road more carefully with pedestrians and cyclists.”

Ms. Liz O’Donnell, Chairperson, RSA, said “After recording the safest year on our roads in 2018 it is deeply saddening that not only have we lost 148 lives on the road in 2019, but that it represents an increase in road deaths. We must respond to this increase the same way we have responded to previous setbacks. Rather than being disheartened it should spur us and our road safety partners into renewed effort. 2020 is also the final year of the Government’s eight year road safety strategy. Its primary target is to reduce deaths to 124 or fewer by the end of 2020. Deeper collaboration between all agencies responsible for road safety is already taking place to ensure everything that can be done is being done, not only to reverse the increase in deaths this year, but to achieve the strategy target. And it is a target that is very achievable, put simply it means saving two more lives a month, every month next year. Something we should all work together to do in 2020.”

Ms. Moyagh Murdock, CEO of the Road Safety Authority said. “The provisional road casualty report for 2019 points to an increase in the number of driver deaths in 2019. For 2020 we will ensure that our education and awareness plans target the main killer behaviours and that this is integrated into the Garda roads policing plans. In particular we will prioritise the non- wearing of seatbelts and intoxicated driving through alcohol or drugs. We will also focus on promoting the safety of vulnerable road users. Specifically by raising awareness of the new safe overtaking of cyclists law, focusing on motorcycle safety and commissioning a new pedestrian safety campaign.”

She added that “Another priority area for us in 2020 is learner drivers. We will continue to support garda enforcement of unaccompanied driving laws. In 2019 there were over 2,500 vehicles seized that were being driven by unaccompanied learner drivers. We will continue to target those who have been relying long-term on a learner permit. Driving test waiting times have never been lower with average waiting times of less than six weeks. Furthermore, we are hopeful that the package of measures, designed to end such practice and which are currently with the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport, will be introduced in 2020.”

Assistant Commissioner Dave Sheehan said “Roads policing will remain a strategic priority for An Garda Síochána in 2020. Furthermore, two significant developments will happen to ensure that high levels of visible, effective road safety enforcement is achieved. Firstly, an additional 180 Gardaí have been selected to be assigned to roads policing duties in early 2020. Secondly, the roll out of the new mobility app will be stepped up so that by the end of 2020 there will be in excess of 4,000 devices in the hands of front line Gardaí. The new mobility app will revolutionise the way roads policing is carried out in this country. Both additional front line Garda resources and the greater enforcement capability of the mobility app will increase enforcement activity and help in reversing this year’s increase and achieving the road safety target.”

Click to see Provisional Review of Fatal Collisions January to December 2019

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Gardaí are appealing for information following the discovery of a body on Boreenmanna Road

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Shortly after 4pm on Saturday 28th December 2019, Gardaí received a report that a body of a male had been discovered at a derelict site at Castlegreina House, Boreenmanna Road. The discovery was made by a local man who raised the alarm.

Speaking from the scene this afternoon Superintendent Michael Comyns said – “The body is that of a male who has yet to be identified and although results of a post-mortem are pending we are treating the death as murder. The scene is currently preserved and a full forensic and technical examination is underway. The Coroner has been notified and a post-mortem is currently being conducted at Cork University Hospital by Dr Heidi Okkers, Office of the State Pathologist. An incident room has been established at Anglesea Street Garda Station and a senior investigating officer has been appointed. Gardaí are currently harvesting CCTV footage and carrying out door to door enquiries in the area.”

“We are appealing to anyone who can assist us with our investigation to contact us. The discovery was made at a derelict site on Boreenmanna Road, along a busy traffic route in and out of the city centre. We are appealing to both motorists and pedestrians who may have been in the area since Christmas Day to come forward. We are particularly appealing to motorists to make any camera footage (including dash-cam) from the area available to us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bridewell Garda Station on 021 4943330, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

No arrests have been made to date. The investigation is ongoing and further updates will follow.




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Investigation launched following the discovery of a mans body outside a house on the Boreenmanna Road

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Gardaí are investigating the discovery of the body of a man outside a house at Boreenmanna Road, Cork City at approximately 4pm today Saturday 28th December 2019.

The body of the deceased remains at the scene which is currently preserved pending a full forensic and technical examination. The Coroner has been notified and the services of the State Pathologist has been requested.

A post mortem will take place at a later date and this will determine the course of the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bridewell Garda Station on 021 4943330, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.




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Track Santa Live as he makes his way towards Ireland with Cork Safety Alerts!

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NTS-logo-hires As 2019 draws to a close, we want to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of our loyal followers for their continued support throughout the years. When we began in 2013 as ‘Cork Potholes,’ we never expected that we would grow to as large as we are today! We want to thank you, and wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Join us as we track Santa live as he makes his journey towards Ireland!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, from our family to yours.


TRACK SANTA LIVE:


What is NORAD Tracks Santa?

Santa is getting ready to start his magical journey around the world, to deliver wonderful gifts to all the boys and girls. You can track where Santa is tonight using the NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) Santa Tracker.

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.— A photo of the 2018 NORAD Tracks Santa Operation Center on Peterson Air Force Base, CO on December 24. Last year NTS had more than 1,600 volunteers answering 125,000 phone calls, 2,000 emails and 7,450 on-star requests from children around the world asking where Santa is at and when will he arrive at their house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow/RELEASED)

As the North American Aerospace Defense Command conducts its primary mission of defending the homeland, it stands ready to continue its tradition of tracking Santa’s journey around the globe on Dec. 24.

More than 1,400 volunteers are expected to join NORAD on Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs to help track Santa’s journey.

“In addition to our day-to-day mission of defending North America, we are proud to carry on the tradition of tracking Santa as he travels along his yuletide flight path,” said Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command. “The same radars, satellites and interceptors employed on December 24 are used year-round to defend Canadian and American airspace from threats.”

The defense of Canada and the United States is NORAD’s top priority. NORAD is a binational U.S. and Canadian command charged with aerospace and maritime warning and aerospace control of North America as well as monitoring aerospace activity globally. However, every year during the holidays, NORAD assumes the supplementary mission of tracking Santa as he travels around the world.

It all started in 1955 when a local newspaper advertisement informed children they could call Santa directly – only the contact number in the advertisement was misprinted. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone rang through to the crew commander on duty, U.S. Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup, at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center, the predecessor to NORAD. Col. Shoup was quick to realize a mistake had been made, and assured the child he was Santa. Shoup then assigned a duty officer to continue answering calls. Thus, a tradition was born, and continued when NORAD was formed in 1958. Each year since, NORAD has reported Santa’s location on Dec. 24 to millions of children and families. NORAD say “Starting at 7.01 a.m. GMT on Dec. 24, website visitors can watch Santa make preparations for his flight. NORAD’s “Santa Cams” will stream videos on the website as Santa makes his way over various locations.

On Sunday, December 1, the 64th iteration of NORAD Tracks Santa begins with the launch of the www.noradsanta.org website. NORAD Tracks Santa is truly a global experience, delighting generations of families everywhere. This is due, in large part, to the efforts and services of numerous program contributors and volunteers.

Then, at 11 a.m. GMT, trackers worldwide can speak with a live phone operator to inquire as to Santa’s whereabouts by dialing the toll-free number +1-877-Hi-NORAD (+1-877-446-6723) or by sending an email to [email protected].

Take a look inside the NORAD Santa Operations Centre:

Any time on Dec. 24, Amazon Alexa users can ask for Santa’s location through the NORAD Tracks Santa skill for Amazon Alexa, and OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa. Bing and Cortana users can also find Santa’s location on Dec. 24.




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A 10 year old boy, and two women have been stabbed following a burglary in Mayfield last night

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Gardaí are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred at house in the Glanmire Road area of Mayfield, Cork, on 23/12/19 at approximately 11pm.

Two women aged in their 20s and 40s, and a male child aged 10 received apparent stab wounds. They have all been taken to Cork University Hospital with serious injuries. An 18 year old woman received minor injuries.

Gardaí assisted by members of the Regional Support Unit have arrested a man in his 50s in relation to this incident. He is currently detained at Mayfield Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.




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Twitter this morning emailed users of its Android app informing of a possible data breach

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Social Media giant, Twitter this morning emailed users of its Android Application informing of a possible data breach.

In the email, Twitter say: “We recently fixed an issue that could have compromised your account. Although we don’t have evidence that this was exploited, we can’t completely confirm so we are letting you know. You can learn more about this issue here.

Please update to the latest version of Twitter for Android as soon as possible to make sure your account is secure.

We’re sorry this happened and will continue working to keep your information secure on Twitter. You can reach out to our Office of Data Protection through this form to request information regarding your account security.”

The following information is available publicly on the Twitter Blog:

We recently fixed a vulnerability within Twitter for Android that could allow a bad actor to see nonpublic account information or to control your account (i.e., send Tweets or Direct Messages). Prior to the fix, through a complicated process involving the insertion of malicious code into restricted storage areas of the Twitter app, it may have been possible for a bad actor to access information (e.g., Direct Messages, protected Tweets, location information) from the app.

We don’t have evidence that malicious code was inserted into the app or that this vulnerability was exploited, but we can’t be completely sure so we are taking extra caution.

We have taken steps to fix this issue and are directly notifying people who could have been exposed to this vulnerability either through the Twitter app or by email with specific instructions to keep them safe. These instructions vary based on what versions of Android and Twitter for Android people are using. We recommend that people follow these instructions as soon as possible. If you are unsure about what to do, update to the latest version of Twitter for Android. This issue did not impact Twitter for iOS.

We’re sorry this happened and will keep working to keep your information secure on Twitter. You can reach out to our Office of Data Protection through this form to request information regarding your account security.

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