An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority urge motorists to slow down this Easter Bank Holiday weekend
- Nearly 45,000 fixed charged notices were issued for speeding January –March this year, an increase of 16% compared to 2013 figures
- 91% of drivers detected travelling 10 km/h or more above the speed limit including 11% for speeds in excess of 30 km/h above the speed limit
- 50km/h zones worst for speeding offences
- 14 road fatalities and 34 people seriously injured over the Easter Bank Holiday period since 2009
- Excessive or inappropriate speed remains a significant contributory factor in road traffic collisions
- A series of targeted, high visibility checkpoints in place in each Garda Division from April 14th to April 21st
An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority have today (15th April 2014) urged drivers and riders to slow down this Easter Bank Holiday as new figures show that nearly 45,000* fixed charge notices have been issued for speeding from January to March this year, an increase of 16.8% compared to the first 3 months of 2013 (44,753 v 38,313). From April 14th to April 21st, An Garda Síochána will be intensively target speeding vehicles.
While the majority of drivers and riders drive safely and within applicable speed limits, there are however many who do not. From 1st January -31st March this year, provisional figures indicate that a total of 44,753* fixed charge notices were issued for speeding.
On examination, the following results were found:-
• 9% of detections were made between 1 – 9 km/h above the posted speed limit
• 80% were made between 10 and 29 km/h above the posted speed limit
• 11% of detections were for speeds in excess of 30 km/h above the limit
• 50km/ zones worst for speeding offences
Over the Easter period each Garda Division will carry out a series of targeted, high visibility checkpoints focussing on speeding and roads policing enforcement. These will incorporate both Divisional and District personnel, including Traffic Corps members. This high visibility enforcement activity aims to modify driver behaviour, identify breaches of all road traffic legislation and make the roads safer for all. The GoSafe network of safety cameras will also be deployed.
National Pilgrim Paths Day is on Easter Saturday, the 19th April - Clonmacnoise Walk
The first National Pilgrim Paths Day is on Easter Saturday, the 19th April. The event is aimed at raising awareness of the country’s network of pilgrim routes, providing a more general appreciation of Ireland’s medieval Christian heritage. See www.pilgrimpath.ie. In Offaly the Pilgrims’ route travelled along the esker ridges from Ballycumber to Clonmacnoise. This has recently been developed as a cycle route as it is all on road – however it can be walked if you wish. To celebrate National Pilgrim Paths Day on April 19th there is the choice of three events taking place– a walk, a cycle and a bog walk all culminating in a visit to Clonmacnoise and an optional interdenominational service.
Pilgrim Path Walk - Ballinahown to Clonmacnoise Pilgrim Path Walk.
This walk is 10km and will leave Ballinahown village, Co.Westmeath at 12.00 noon to arrive in Clonmacnoise at 3.00pm.The walk is all along public roadways. There is a coffee shop in Ballinahown for refreshments prior to the walk.
Pilgrim Cycle - Ballycumber to Clonmacnoise
This cycle is 24.5km. You can pre-book your bikes with Pat Barrett 086 8895194, who will give you your bike in Ballycumber and collect the bikes at Clonmacnoise. The cycle will leave Ballycumber village at 1.00pm, arriving in Clonmacnoise at approx. 3.00pm.
At 4.30pm a bus will leave Clonmacnoise to bring walkers and cyclists back to Ballinahown and to Ballycumber. Please book a place on the bus with Ann Lanigan (087 7749281 or firstname.lastname@example.org) before April 17th. Cost €5.
Tullamore Central Library celebrates World Book Day 2014
On March 6th, Tullamore Central Library celebrated World Book Day 2014 by hosting class visits from local primary schools. Around 130 children in 8 classes from 4 different schools attended 4 specially arranged World Book Day themed events.
Each event featured stories (some with a bookish theme), puzzles, a chat about books and the library and a chance to see the children’s library and what it has to offer.
Each class also received a special World Book Day certificate to mark their visit to the library.
For February we have added 11 titles to the OneClickdigital Core collection, including…
The Light Behind the Window – From international bestselling author Lucinda Riley, this is a breath-taking and intense story of love, war and, above all, forgiveness.
The Liar’s Daughter – The new historical novel from Laurie Graham: ‘Laurie Graham has once again created a tour de force where nothing is quite as it seems, with characters that breathe life and energy, which will have you laughing and crying in equal measure’ DAILY MAIL
Bricks and Mortality – In the third Campbell and Carter mystery, from one of the nation’s best-loved crime writers Judith Granger, a cold blooded killer stalks a cosy Cotswold village…
Other titles added:
A Darkness Descending by Saul Kent 9781471253294
Billy Liar by John Waterhouse 9781471207136
Bricks and Mortality by Judith Granger 9781471253256
Drive by Daniel H. Pink 9781471229909
Keep the Aspidistra Flying by Richard E. Orwell 9781471207150
The Garden of Truth by Harriet Nesbit 9781471207099
The Inimitable Jeeves: Volume One by Martin Wodehouse 9781471217180
The Liar’s Daughter by Rebecca Graham 9781471253249
The Light Behind the Window by Gerri Riley 9781471225024
The Wedding Diary by Penny James 9781471246913
Wrapped in White by Andrew Brooks 9781471253263
OverDrive have announced new versions of OverDrive Media Console (OMC) for Windows. Both the classic desktop version of OMC for Windows and the Windows 8 app have been updated to provide a better user experience and improved performance.
OMC 3.3 for Windows (the classic desktop version) includes some design updates and support for integration with OMC 3 for Windows 8. Users can download the latest version of OMC for Windows from the OMC website.
OMC 3 for Windows 8 (available in the Windows Store) includes these new features:
•Font selection and dictionary support for eBooks.
•An enhanced audiobook player with a sleep timer and variable speed playback.
•The ability to sync reading progress and bookmarks across devices using OverDrive One.
•New integration with OMC 3.3 for Windows so you can burn audiobooks to CD (as permitted) or transfer them to MP3 players (both apps must be installed).
Note: When you click Transfer or Burn from the OMC 3 for Windows 8, it will open OMC 3.3 for Windows on your desktop to complete the process.
Edenderry library will come alive this Christmas to the sound of traditional carol singing accompanied by Danna Davis Daly. Danna, who is a speech and drama teacher, has performed with Music Theatre Ireland. Join us on Saturday 21st December at 11.30am for festive cheer and refreshments. We wish all our borrowers a happy and peaceful Christmas.
Ballyleaking Art Group Exhibition
Ballyleaking Art Group are currently exhibiting their work at Edenderry Library. The exhibition which comprises over 30 pieces of art is on view from Thursday 28th November to Saturday 21st December inclusive. Members of the group and their teacher, Anna Winiarska, meet for class in Edenderry Library every Thursday from 3-5pm.
Eden Craft group
Date & time: 3rd, 10th, 17th Dec from 11 - 12.30pm
Did you know…100 quirky facts about County Offaly Did you know that Offaly has two pyramids, the first all-Ireland final took place in Birr, and that Croghan Hill was a volcano? For 100 quirky facts about County Offaly pick up a copy of the brand new book Did you know? Compiled by the Heritage office in Offaly County Council. It’s available from you’re local newsagent or book shop for just 10 euros.
Geraldine O'Neill & Alex Barcley come to Tullamore Library...
Two very well known authors, Geraldine O Neill and Alex Barclay visited Tullamore Library recently.
Alex Barclay is the author of several bestselling thrillers. Her first novel, Darkhouse, was a Sunday Times top ten best seller. Alex won the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award at the Irish Book Awards for her third novel, Blood runs Cold. Her latest book Curse of Kings is an epic adventure for children .
Alex will be giving a talk in Tullamore Central Library on Thursday 17th October at 7.00 p.m.
Geraldine grew up in Scotland and moved to Daingean in 1991 to work as a primary school teacher. She helped to start up a local writers group and is the author of several novels.
The festival features screenings of national and international films in a unique selection of venues in Co Offaly. There is also a series of workshops being run based on a selection of aspects of filmmaking. Over the course of the festival, the OFFline Filmmaking Challenge will see teams of filmmakers from far and wide descending upon the Georgian town of Birr to shoot and edit a short film over a matter of days.
The festival culminates on Sunday 13th with a screening of the resulting films from the Filmmaking Challenge and the announcement of the winners who will not only take home a generous cash prize, but also bag themselves a guaranteed slot at the Galway Film Fleadh 2014!
Offaly Play Day this Sunday 29th September in Tullamore Town Football Club
Playday is the national day designated for play, traditionally celebrated in Offaly on the last Sunday in September. This year’s event will take place on Sunday 29th September in the grounds of Tullamore Town Football Club, Axis Business Park, Tullamore from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.
On Monday 23rd September Offaly Play Day 2013 was launched by Chairperson of Offaly County Council, Sinead Moylan Ryan in Kilcormac Community Playground with the children of Kilcormac Community Playgroup.
Speaking at the launch Councilor Moylan Ryan said that ‘Play is integral to children’s lives. It is the foundation for all learning in the early years. It allows children the opportunity to be creative, noisy, exuberant, messy and inquisitive about the world around them. As Chairperson of the Offaly County Council, I have a role in promoting services for all and Play Day is a fantastic service to families’.
The aim of National Play Day is to help increase public awareness of the importance of play Promoting play is a key policy response to improving outcomes for children and supporting children’s physical and social development. Play is integral to children’s lives. National Play Day is an opportunity to link activities already undertaken by Local Authorities and many other locally based providers, youth and sporting organisations.
As well as a celebration of a child’s right to play, Playday highlights the importance of play in children’s lives. Play Day promotes the idea of families playing together and the event aims to show how adults can support children’s play with a small amount of effort and little expense.
The event in Offaly will be hosted by Offaly County Council in Conjunction with Offaly County Childcare Committee and Offaly Sports Partnership. All activities are free of charge and the afternoon will cater for children up to 12 years so everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the fun. BUT ALL children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Children should have the time, freedom and space to play outdoors as outdoor play is crucial for their health, well-being and happiness, so weather permitting there will be outdoor activities galore!
Planned activities for the afternoon include:
§ Music & Movement
§ Magic Shows
§ Circus Skills
§ Arts & Crafts
§ Play Activities
§ Mini Sports Challenges
§ Face Painting
§ Bouncing Castles
Further information on Play Day may be obtained by contacting Edel Boyd, Community, Enterprise and Economic Development, Offaly County Council at 057 9346829, email@example.com or Áine Brummell, Offaly County Childcare Committee at 057 9135878, firstname.lastname@example.org
Apple released iOS 7 yesterday and many Apple users may have upgraded their device(s) or will be upgrading in the near future.
When an existing OverDrive Media Console (OMC) user upgrades to iOS 7, the app will fail when trying to open a DRM-protected eBook. New or first time users of OMC are unaffected by this issue meaning that if you download the app for the first time post-iOS7 update you will not experience this issue.
We are resolving the issue but in the meantime, the immediate remedy for users is to uninstall and re-install OMC which will also require the user to re-authorize with Adobe. IMPORTANT NOTE: A re-install will clear a user’s bookshelf, history, and app settings.
Refer to the iOS section of this Help article for assistance.
Audiobook users won’t notice that anything is different unless they attempt to download parts of audiobooks they already downloaded to OMC before upgrading to iOS 7. A user will receive an error message informing them to download the title again.
Gathering Events taking place in Offaly this weekend
Rath National School Cultural Exchange, 18th – 25th September
Rath National School is already involved in a “Cultural Exchange Through Writing” Project . From 18th to 25 September 2013, 20 pupils aprox accompanied by 5 teachers from a school in Hamburg, Germany will visit Dublin and Birr for five days. Our guests will experience two days in Dublin city visiting places of interest. The remaining three days will be spent in Birr & the surrounding areas.
Our guests will participate in activities in Birr Outdoor Pursuit Centre, visit Clonmacnoise Heritage Site & Slieve Bloom Mts. On the final day, our school will exhibit the “best” of Irish music, dance, food, storytelling & sports. It will involve a community effort from our school, local GAA, musicians etc. We feel that such an experience will lead to future visits by extended families & friends from Germany thus promoting the whole spirit of the Gathering Initiative.
Blueberry Harvest Festival 2013, Portarlington, 20th-22nd September
Friday 20th – Ecumenical Service at St. Michaels Church, Patrick Street at 7.30pm. Children from local schools will take part in celebrating and giving thanks for local produce.
Saturday 21st – Family Fun day along with ‘The Big Push’ will take place at the Rugby Club on Saturday 21st (making the biggest scrum to try and get into the Guinness Book Of Records)The number to beat is 800!
Sunday 22nd - The Vintage Threshing Fair will take place from 2pm - 6pm at Barrow Bridge. Old Fashioned Threshing Machine in full operation, an Old Fashioned Mobile Kitchen serving traditional dishes of the time, bacon & cabbage, potato cakes. Vintage Cars & Vintage Farm machinery along the bridge. Food and Fair Stalls along the River Walk. Live Music.
Crinkill Equinox Festival is a celebration of the history and heritage of the Crinkill area with an emphasis on the Military Barracks and its influence on the lives of the local people.
It will provide an opportunity for people who emigrated, and their families, to return to their birthplace to visit friends and relatives. There will also be a facility for people to trace their roots and discover historical links with the area.
A vast range of activities are planned for the week including photographic displays, lectures, music and dance, sporting events as well as family oriented activities.
24th AugustSaturday night - Selection of Harvest Queen in Richie’s Lounge.
25th August Official opening & Vintage Parade at 2pm
A family fun day - Field Events including Athletics, Baby Show, Tug-o-War, Dog Show, Carnival Amusements, Band Recital, Produce Stalls, Gig Rig, Raffles & Refreshments.
Admission €5, Children free, Car Park free
Cannonball Ireland 2013, 23rd - 25th August (25th August Tullamore).
Cannonball Ireland is Europe’s largest organised 3 day road trip for Supercars, travelling throughout Ireland (follow the three day route here). The trip typically features 160 cars including: McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Masseratti, Rolls Royce and Bentley. It aims to raise funds for Laura Lynn House which supports children with life limiting conditions and their families.
On Sunday August 25th the Cannonball convoy will roll into Tullamore at 6pm, travelling in the Portlaoise Road and down High Street to the finish line at Bridge Street and on to the car park at Kilbride Plaza.
Please note that some courses are starting in the next few weeks so please book soon to avoid disappointment. If there is course that may interest you that is not listed or if times do not suit, please let us know as it may be possible to offer different courses or times in the future should there be sufficient interest. If there is not sufficient interest in a particular course, it may not be possible for it to take place.
Course participants will receive free library membership and Internet access for one year. This will be set up on the Programme Registration Day (date to be confirmed).
Liam Walsh - Stone carver exhibition in Tullamore Library
Liam Walsh is a stone mason from Tullamroe. His work is varied, he makes traditional wet and dry stone walls. He also has made original one off pieces suitable for gardens. He is currently creating small stone features using a locally sourced stone. He enjoys working with this particular stone because of it’s round shape and glittering appearance.
Come and view some of his work currently on display in Tullamore Library.
Summer Treasure Hunt for children @ Edenderry Library
Children, try our fun Summer Treasure Hunt at Edenderry Library any time over the holidays. Participation in this event will give you 300 points towards the Epic Library Quest! You can collect the clues sheet at the desk at anytime.
Gathering events taking place in Offaly this weekend…
Leinster Fleadh Cheoil - 6th to 14th July, Edenderry
Fleadh Cheoil Laighean 2013 will be hosted for the first time by Edenderry branch of CCÉ. Leinster Fleadh 2013 promises to be a wonderful nine days of music, song and dance. The town of Edenderry has many natural amenities and the canal harbour will be home to several musical events.
Clay Pigeon Shooting at Esker Shooting Grounds Home Countries International Tournament and British Open DTL Championship - 15th to 21st July
HCIT takes place on Friday 19th July & British Open DTL Championships Saturday 20th July. Practice will be available at the venue on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In addition to the HCIT and the British Open Championships there will be an Open Shoot on Sunday.
Edenderry Library will celebrate National Music Day on Wednesday 19th June next at 6pm.
Local Poet Dr.Philip Brady will mc the night with music provided by Edenderry Comhaltas.
Performances will be by local members of Comhaltas and Goupí Ceoil, who will be competing in the Leinster Fleadh this year. Edenderry will host the Leinster Fleadh this year which will be held between 6-14 th July. For full programme of events for the Fleadh click here.
For more information on National Music Day Friday 21st June click here.