Gardaí remain at the scene of a fatal collision on the R630 Cloyne Cross between Whitegate and Midleton

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Gardaí are at the scene of a fatal road traffic collision between a truck and a car that occurred at approximately 7.15am today Thursday 1st August 2019 on the R630, the main Midleton and Whitegate road in Cork.

The driver of the car, a male in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was removed to Cork University Hospital where a post mortem is due to take place at a later date.

Forensic Collision Investigators are at the scene. The road remains closed with local diversions in place.




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Heading on a family holiday? Be sun smart this summer – information from the HSE

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Heading on a family holiday? Be sun smart this summer

 

–          Getting sunburnt as a child increases the risk of skin cancer in later life

–          Almost half of adults in Ireland got sunburnt last year

–          There are simple things you can do to reduce the risk in the sun

–          www.mychild.ie


We all know that sunburn is harmful to our skin, but did you know that getting sunburnt as a child increases the risk of skin cancer in later life? At any age, spending time in the sun exposes your skin to ultra violet radiation (UV rays), which can damage your skin and lead to skin cancer. The good news is that there are simple things you can do to protect against UV rays, reduce the risk and keep your family safe in the sun.

UV exposure during the first 10-15 years of life makes a disproportionately large contribution to lifetime risk of skin cancer. Babies and children have lower concentrations of the skin pigment melanin and thinner skin. They are therefore more susceptible to the dangers of UV, and getting sunburnt as a child increases the risk of skin cancer in later life. In fact, severe sunburn during childhood (more than 3 instances before the age of 20) is associated with a 2-4 times higher risk of developing melanoma skin cancer, the most serious form of skin cancer.

Even without burning, tanned skin is damaged skin and is the body’s attempt to prevent further damage from UV.

The good news is that there are simple things you can do to reduce this risk and keep children safe in the sun.

How to protect your child’s skin:

 

1.       Seek shade when playing outdoors, use a sunshade on a buggy

Keep babies and children out of direct sunlight, especially between 11am and 3pm. This is when UV rays are at their strongest. Play in the shade of trees and use a sunshade on your buggy or pram.

 

2.       Slip on clothing that covers skin, with long sleeves, wide brimmed hat and sunglasses

You can protect your child’s skin from UV rays by covering it with clothes. You should dress babies in loose-fitting outfits that cover their arms and legs. Make sure the clothes are made from close-woven material that does not allow sunlight through. Babies and children should also wear a hat with a wide brim to protect their faces and necks from the sun. Hats with neck flaps at the back can also help protect your child’s neck. If your child is going to swim, wear swimwear that covers their shoulders and back.

You should also protect your children’s eyes from UV rays with sunglasses.

 

3.       Apply broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 50+ for children

Cover exposed parts of children’s skin with sun screen. Don’t forget to cover all areas especially the face, ears, neck, nose, lips and tops of the feet.  Use sun screen with high UVA protection and water resistant. Reapply regularly, always after sweating when playing outdoors or swimming.

For babies, use clothes to cover up their skin as much as possible, as well as applying sunscreen to their exposed skin.

No sunscreen can provide 100% protection. It is the last line of defence and should be used alongside other protective measures such as clothing and shade.

 

4.       Avoid getting a sunburn

Sunburn is painful, itchy and uncomfortable and is caused by the same UV rays that cause skin cancer. Almost half of adults in Ireland got sunburnt last year. If your child gets sunburnt, this could increase their risk of getting melanoma later on in life. While 86% of people use sunscreen on their children, far fewer use measures such as shade and clothing for sun protection.  Many of us may mistakenly believe that sunscreen on its own gives total protection against sunburn.

Common pitfalls include:

– Accidentally leaving an area of skin unprotected, e.g. back of neck, feet

– Using too little sunscreen or forgetting to reapply it and

– Not appreciating the risk of sunburn because it doesn’t feel hot – it’s the UV radiation from the sun that causes skin damage, so it doesn’t need to feel hot.

 

Sunburn can happen both in Ireland and abroad, always protect your child’s skin from the sun.
Dr Triona McCarthy, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, explains the important role that parents play in protecting their children from skin cancer later in life:

“Sunburn can happen both in Ireland and abroad. About 90% of harmful UV rays can also pass through light cloud, so take care on cloudy days too. Always protect your child’s skin from the sun, especially from April to September in Ireland. If you have children under your care it is especially important to think about protecting their skin. It’s important to be a good role model too – children will learn from what they see adults doing.”

 

For more information, visit:

 

MyChild.ie:

https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/child-health/sun-safety-for-babies-and-children/keeping-your-child-safe-from-sun-rays.html



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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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