Summer

  • A Heatwave Safety Reminder from Mayo County Council

    We are delighted to welcome the sunshine and the visitors that follow it to our wonderful county. The increase in tourism numbers can be felt in all parts of the county and we welcome everyone staying here enjoying the holiday weather in the many places of interest and beauty throughout our county.

    The highly anticipated sunrays are both a delight to enjoy, but also to be respected. We would like to remind everyone to be mindful of the Met Eireann Yellow Weather Warning in place until 9pm Friday and to consider the following:

    As temperatures reach between 24C and 27C today, tomorrow and Wednesday, we remind householders, farmers and businesses to avoid un-necessary use of water to prevent any weather-related shortages, if any water leaks are noticed by the public they should be reported to Irish Water on 1850 278 278 or their local Group Water Scheme.

    People are also being warned to take extra care in the water after ten deaths by drowning in Ireland in the last month, according Irish Water Safety.

    Mayo County Council urges people to take the appropriate steps to stay sage in water:

    • Inexperienced swimmers should swim within their depth
    • Swim in designated swimming areas, especially where there is a life guard on duty
    • No matter what you are doing wear a life jacket
    • Keep paddling pools supervised at all times.

    The hot temperatures can also bring difficulties whilst driving, with sun glare a difficult driving issue Mayo County Council Road Safety Office offers the following advice:

    Keep your windshield clean: the particles on a dirty windshield intensify the glare as opposed to blocking it.

    One of the most dangerous attributes of sunrise/sunset glare is that it comes up so suddenly. Keep your eyes focused farther down the road and be aware when you are turning into the sun.

    Adjust your speed when driving into the sun and understand that other drivers may also slow down significantly, or even stop suddenly.

    Keep a set of polarized sunglasses within easy reach in the car.

    Use headlights – even during very bright days, having headlights on can help you be more visible to other drivers

    The Road Safety Office would also like to remind people to look after their animals and never leave dogs unattended in vehicles during the hot weather.

    Another heatwave related safety issue is forest and gorse fires. Mayo County Council Fire Department warns people not to light fires that also includes camp fires and bonfires, either intentionally or accidentally, due to the extremely dry weather.

    We would finally like to remind people to Mind Your Neighbours, drop in to visit any elderly or vulnerable neighbours to check on whether they might require some assistance or just a friendly visit during this heat spell.

    For further information please contact Aoife KellyThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 094 906 4547

    visit www.mayo.ie/ @mayodotie

  • A number of festivals across the region, that were at risk of being cancelled, have got a reprieve , as a new licence is being sought to allow Civil Defence volunteers to continue providing emergency medical cover.

    A problem around the licensing of first-aid workers had threatened to close down some events.

    The Civil Defence requires a licence from the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council to operate at festivals.

    The current licence was due to expire at the end of July, but was extended to the end of this month.

    There were some concerns over its renewal, but the Department of Defence has now submitted an application to renew the licence, following engagement with local authorities.

    Minister of State with responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe has thanked Civil Defence volunteers for their patience, and says that - with the licence issue now resolved - the Civil Defence can continue to deliver the professional level of emergency medical cover it's renowned for.

    The Association of Irish Festivals & Events has welcomed the breakthrough, and said Civil Defence personnel provide an important service when it comes to the safe running of festivals.

     

     

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    The gates have opened at Ballybrit , as the Galway Summer racing festival gets underway this evening.

    Horse racing enthusiasts and fashionistas from across the country will gather in Galway this week for the 150th year of the renowned festival.

    The first of 7 races this evening is off at 5.20pm.

    The festival is worth about €54 million to the local economy, and 145,000 people are expected to attend over the course of the week.

    President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina will attend the races on Wednesday - Galway Plate Day, while Ladies Day takes place on Thursday.

    Saturday is family day at the Galway Races, while the Mad Hatters competition takes place next Sunday, on the final day of the festival.

     

  • Gardai are urging homeowners to secure their properties during the Summer months, as one in four burglars enter the property through an open door or window.

    This is part of a European burglary prevention initiative, with 12 countries co-ordinating burglary prevention initiatives.

    Half of all burglaries occur during night-time hours, and around €6.4 million worth of goods and cash was stolen last Summer in residential burglaries across the country.

    Gardai say thefts of tools, equipment and bicycles from gardens, sheds and garages increases by 32% in Summertime.

    As well as locking property and activating the alarm, homeowners are urged to make their home look occupied when they're away on holidays, by using timer switches or apps to turn on lights, cancelling deliveries, and being careful about posting on social media.

  • People working outdoors are urged to be extra vigilant during the Summer months, to reduce their risk of skin cancer.

    The Irish Cancer Society says almost one in four skin cancer deaths in Ireland are from the construction, outdoor and farming industries.

    In 2016, over 60 deaths in Ireland were related to sun exposure at work - which is more than one death per week.

    The Irish Cancer Society says the dangers of skin cancer in these industries have often been neglected, because the risk of accidental death and injury on the job is considered higher and more immediate.

    However, long-term exposure to the invisible hazard of the sun's UV rays puts outdoor workers at a high risk of skin cancer.

    Every year in Ireland, almost 12,000 people are diagnosed with skin cancer - with more men than women being affected.

    Outdoor workers - including farmers, fishermen, builders and postal workers - are being urged to take every precaution to protect their skin while exposed to the sun.

     

  • The summer of 2018 was one of the hottest, driest and sunniest on record.

    New data from Met Eireann shows that some parts of the country recorded their highest temperatures in decades.

     

    June, July and August this year marked a turning point from recent summers with some of the hottest, driest and sunniest conditions recorded.

    The Met Eireann data showed heatwave and drought conditions affecting many parts of the country, with temperatures above and rainfall amounts below, normal.

    Heatwaves were recorded in many parts during June and July with northern counties cooler.

    Shannon Airport recorded the summers highest temperature at 32 degrees. Other stations such as Oak Park in Carlow and Markree in Sligo also saw their highest numbers in years.

    Over the three months, Cork Airport recorded it's driest summer since 1962, while the Phoenix Park in Dublin only saw 38 percent of the average rainfall for the season.