Talking of Success – Local Boy in Finals of European Boxing Championships This Evening

You will be able to watch the European U22 Boxing Finals here on this page from 7pm this evening with both Adam Hession and Dean Clancy both in action.

Adam Hession’s European U22 Bantamweight Final with Artur Bazeyan of Armenia will take place at approximately 7.30 this evening Irish Time.

Meanwhile, Dean Clancy from the Sean McDermott Boxing club in Manorhamilton will take on Israel’s Ahmad Shtiwi in the Light Welterweight Final at approximately 8pm.

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Success – Learn what it is and how to achieve it?

This Success Manual course is a self-paced, online course designed to help you to:

  • Decide what you consider success in life to be for yourself.
  • Develop a model to understand the elements of success.
  • Help you decide on and clarify your goals and to prioritise them.
  • To understand the importance of habits, how to develop good habits and eliminate bad habits without relying solely on willpower.
  • Know what are the life skills and the characteristics of successful people.
  • Help you identify your various assets and understand the power of compounding their value over time.
  • Realise that achieving success involves following a well established process that you adapt to your own particular requirements..
  • Use the course workbook to help you along your journey of personal growth and development from starting with some self-analysis and onward to a successful life.
  • Help yourself along this journey by pointing to other useful resources.

The first 25 people to sign up to the course can do so at a massive more than 80% discount to the normal price, just €18.45 instead of €100. In return I would like them to offer me their feedback on what they think of it, how it might be improved or made more valuable to them.

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Boil Water Notice Issued for Ardnamara, Salthill.

Update: 24/06/21

Irish Water and Galway City Council wishes to notify all customers on the Galway City (Ard na Mara-Salthill ) Public Water Scheme that following consultation with the Health Service Executive, that the drinking water boil notice imposed on supply on the 17th of June 2012, is now lifted with immediate effect.
Customers can now resume normal use of water supply for drinking, food preparation and brushing teeth.


Following consultation with the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Galway City Council would like to advise customers in Ard na Mara, Salthill, an area which is served by the Galway City Public Water Supply, that the water is contaminated with E-Coli. Following advice from the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Galway City Council are issuing a Boil Water Notice to protect consumers in the area of Ard na Mara and Dalysfort Road from Holland’s Shop to Forster Park (not including Forster Park) and as indicated within the red boundary line in the attached map.Just over 70 properties are affected and must boil their water before drinking and preparing food. There is no need for customers to buy bottled water. Once tap water is boiled and cooled it will be safe for consumption. The water is safe for all other applications including personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets.

Customers will be contacted directly by letter and vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communications also.

Commenting, Tim O’Connor, Irish Water’s Asset Operations Lead said: “Public health is Irish Water’s number one priority and we would like to assure customers that the notice has been put in place to protect customers. We are aware of the impact that this notice will have on the area affected and thank our customers in advance for their patience and cooperation while we work as safely and as efficiently as possible to rectify the situation.

“We advise customers in the affected areas to adhere to the Boil Water Notice until further notice. We will continue to work closely with Galway City Council and the HSE to monitor the supply and lift the notice when it is safe to do so. We will issue a further update as soon as more information is available.”

In line with HSE COVID-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

Vulnerable customers are reminded that the water is safe to consume once boiled.

Business customers will receive a 40 per cent rebate on the cost of the supply of water to their businesses for the duration of the Boil Water Notice.

Water must be boiled for:

  • Drinking;
  • Drinks made with water;
  • Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating;
  • Brushing of teeth;
  • Making of ice – discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water.

What actions should be taken:

  • Use water prepared for drinking when preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing salads);
  • Water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets but not for brushing teeth or gargling;
  • Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil (e.g. with an automatic kettle) and allow to cool. Cover and store in a refrigerator or cold place. Water from the hot tap is not safe to drink. Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink;
  • Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water;
  • Prepare infant feeds with water that has been brought to the boil once and cooled. Do not use water that has been re-boiled several times. If bottled water is used for the preparation of infant feeds it should be boiled once and cooled. If you are using bottled water for preparing baby food, be aware that some natural mineral water may have high sodium content. The legal limit for sodium in drinking water is 200mg per litre. Check the label on the bottled water to make sure the sodium or `Na’ is not greater than 200mg per litre. If it is, then it is advisable to use a different type of bottled water. If no other water is available, then use this water for as short a time as possible. It is important to keep babies hydrated.
  • Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.

Irish Water is working closely with Galway City Council to lift the notice as quickly as it is safe to do so. Updates will be available on the Supply and Service Updates section of our website, on Twitter @IWCare and via our customer care helpline, open 24/7 on 1800 278 278. Further information is available on the Boil Water Notice section of our website.

Irish Water continues to work at this time with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

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If I knew then what I know now

When you look back on your life so far,

Are there times you wish that you knew then what you know now.

I must admit that for me there are.

But dwelling on these I won’t allow.

Because what’s past is past, and what’s done is done.

You can’t un-throw the die already cast.

Past battles are already lost or won.

Rather live your present as best you can.

And for uncertain future devise a plan.

Delayed gratification can sometimes be a pain.

But may be justified by later, greater gain.

But delay for too long,

and the hoped for gain might never come along.

Work if permitted never ends.

If I knew then what I know now,

I’d have spent more time with my friends,

instead of working all the hours that time did allow.

There were times when I should have said “No”.

And at others, “yes” to opportunities to grow.

I could have travelled a little more.

Explored and enjoyed more experiences beyond this shore.

Don’t get me wrong, I am content.

I am happy enough with how my time was spent.

But still, if I knew then what I know now,

What more would I have done, if I knew how?

As we follow our path through life,

we encounter times of joy and strife.

We deal with these as best we can.

But wouldn’t it help to have some kind of plan?

If someone gave you a manual for success.

So you would know more often what to do, and not just guess.

Well I got news for you.

That’s exactly what I intend to do.

My Success Manual can be your guide.

When the lessons within it are applied,

your successes will be multiplied.

Coming soon; “My Success Manual”.

Be among the first to like Success Manual – Home | Facebook if you want to be among the first to get updates about this self-paced online course, including about the massively discounted launch offer.

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On the Beach

As I stand here on the beach,

a flock of seagulls just out of reach,

the scene appears to be in black and white,

because of the extreme brightness of the light.

I love to walk along this way,

around the edges of the bay.

I feel the breeze, I feel at ease.

I smell the seaweed and the salty air.

My restless mind is calmed and left without a care.

What’s here is more than words can explain.

Something priceless on which no-one has a claim.

Yet something in which everyone can share.

We’re all its guardians. We all should care.

Find more at Noel’s Poetry – Payhip.

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Anti-Social Car Meet Disrupts Salthill

A “Salthill Sundays” Facebook page led event saw hundreds of modified cars descend on Salthill village and the Blackbox theatre yesterday. The disgraceful behaviour of the participants caused major traffic delays and upset in the locality.

The anti-social behaviour included revving, back firing, making smoke and noise, blocking traffic free-flow, and driving a noisy convoy of cars through residential areas.

Salthill Sundays Facebook page description in its “About” section is:

Salthill Sunday’s is an opportunity for car enthusiasts to show of their cars. We do not recommend any banging,revving or messing of any sort.

Bring what you have, any style welcome.

Respect & support the local businesses.

However, the behaviour of the participants was in stark contrast to what is outlined in this brief description. The page seems to have been created on April 28th by a Stephen Coyle. Do you know who he is?

Any who thought it was just harmless fun, and I am sure many of them did, failed to consider other people. They showed no respect or consideration for the local community.

While anyone satisfying certain legal requirements, such as having a valid driving licence, tax, insurance, NCT and safe vehicle has a right to drive on our streets, this right is not unqualified.

They are not entitled to cause harm or distress to others.

They are not entitled to frighten little children with the noise.

They are not entitled to cause traffic disruption that causes people to be late for appointments, work or other activities.

They are not entitled to prevent the ambulance or other emergency services from doing their work.

They are not entitled to force patients to be airlifted because the ambulance can not get through on the road.

They are not entitled to hurl verbal abuse at people.

They are not entitled to throw litter out of the vehicles.

They are not entitled to breach the current restrictions on the size of public gatherings in place to protect the public from covid-19.

They are not entitled to interfere with peoples’ livelihoods.

What they effectively did yesterday was to invade Salthill, bring it to a standstill, and give the finger to the people who live there.

They were not entitled to cause all this damage and upset yesterday, and they are not entitled to do it every Sunday for the rest of the summer, as it seems they plan to do. Anyone organising such events bears responsibility for what happens at those events. And simply putting a disclaimer on a Facebook page does not relieve them of that responsibility.

While the individuals who took part are welcome to Salthill, as long as they comply with the normal modes of behaviour that are respectful to everyone, this type of event is not.

There also seems to be some questions to be answered about money supposedly being raised for charities.

There has been much criticism on local media this morning of the Gardaí and the way they handled the situation. This is not justified. They were simply overwhelmed and have to operate within the boundaries of the law and the resources available to them. Rather than complaining, if you have evidence that can identify anyone involved in wrong doing like photographs, videos etc send them to the Gardaí.

We call on the organiser/s of this event to cancel any plans to repeat the disruption over the summer. We call on a potential participants to show consideration and respect for others and to only take part in events that do not cause such disruption and distress. It’s all great fun until it’s not.

Seeing what has happened, to repeat it would be simply imtimadation.

A delayed journey might be nothing more than an inconvenience. But if the ambulance that had to turn back yesterday was on a more urgent case, it might have meant a life lost.

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An Post Community Focus Supports

In a previous post reminding you that postage rates are increasing in a weeks time (May 27th), I mentioned An Post’s community focus supports such as calling in on vulnerable citizens, free postage to and from care homes, and free newspaper delivery for older customers will also be extended until at least the end of the year. It will then be reviewed in light of the prevailing situation with the covid crisis.

In response to queries on how this works here is the link to An Post’s Community Focus page for the details of each of the supports offered.

In summary the services provided to help elderly or vulnerable people include:

  • Free Delivery of newspapers. Subscriptions to weekday newspapers (not weekend) can be purchased and An Post will not charge for delivering them to elderly or vulnerable people.
  • Free mail collection. If an elderly person has a mail item they need collecting, they can put a sign in their window that says I HAVE MAIL and the postal delivery staff will collect it for free on their route. The postal delivery staff will apply a postage mark in the local mail centre before onward circulation.
  • Request a check in service. Customers can request that postal deliver staff call to the front doors of older and vulnerable customers along their delivery route to check thy are OK.
  • Free postage to or from care homes. Just write FREEPOST where the stamp would normally be affixed, An Post will carry cards, letters large envelopes and packets weighing up to 2KG without a postage stamp.
  • Address Point. A free service that provides a fixed address to those without a fixed home. It enables them to receive regular post and access essential services.

With restrictions easing as the vaccine roll-out progresses, the levels of isolation in the community should reduce. Non-the-less, there will still be people who would benefit from these services, which An Post has committed to keeping in place to at least the end of the year.

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Government waives Ticket Prices on OPW Sites for rest of 2021

The Office of Public Works manages many of our best know heritage sites on behave of the nation.

Sites like Newgrange, Brú Na Bóinne Visitor Centre, Dublin Castle and Kilkenny Castle, are among our top attractions.

An annual family pass to these sites would normally be €90, and would be excellent value in itself, but for the rest of the year you can visit for free.

With the nation’s holiday plans concentrating on staycations, the government has given hard-pressed families a boost by waving the admission charges at all paying OPW sites for the rest of the year.

 The current list of sites open to the public can be found at:

OPW Heritage Services – Sites Open from 10 May 2021 (

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An Post to increase price of stamps this month

From May 27th:

The price of the standard national letter stamp will increase up to the EU average price of €1.10c (currently €1.00). 

The standard international letter stamp will increase to €2.00 (currently €1.70).

Bulk mail rates will increase by 5c and meter rates by 10c. Large mailers will continue to receive discounts for high volume postings.

Discounts of 34 per cent on parcel postage and 5 per cent for letter post for SMEs through the An Post Advantage Card will be extended to year-end in order to help small businesses back to recovery and growth.

There will be no increase in charges for sending Registered Mail, large envelopes and packets within Ireland.

An Post said their community focus supports such as calling in on vulnerable citizens, free postage to and from care homes, and free newspaper delivery for older customers will also be extended until at least the end of the year.

So if you have items to post that can go before the 27th of this month, send them earlier to make some cost savings.

Every little bit helps.

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Carbon Tax on non-auto fuels kicks in May 1st

carbon tax is a tax levied on the carbon content of goods and services, predominantly in the transport and energy sectors. Carbon taxes are intended to reduce carbon dioxide (CO 2) emissions by increasing prices, thereby decreasing demand for such goods and services. Its effectiveness in achieving this objective is debatable as it is based on a superposition that consumers have a practical alternative to the taxed product, and this is not always the case.

In 2010 a carbon tax was introduced in Ireland. The carbon tax applies to kerosene, marked gas oil, liquid petroleum gas, fuel oil, natural gas and solid fuels such as coal and peat briquettes.

The rate of carbon tax from 1 May 2013 to 1 May 2014 was based on a charge of €10 per tonne of CO2 emitted by the fuel concerned. The rate increased to €20 per tonne with effect from 1 May 2014.

Budget 2021

It was announced in Budget 2021 that the carbon tax on fuel would increase by €7.50 from €26 per tonne to €33.50 per tonne. The increase applied to auto fuels from midnight on 13 October 2020 and to non-auto fuels like home heating and solid fuels from May 1st, 2021.

The Finance Bill legislated for a carbon tax hike of €7.50 every year until 2029 and €6.50 in 2030, to achieve €100 per tonne.

This will have very serious cost implications by the time the tax reaches €100 per tonne in a few years, and there is little you can do about it except find ways to reduce consumption.

What will it mean when it is €100 per tonne?

By that stage the carbon tax alone on a 60-litre refill of petrol will be €17.20, or €19.65 for diesel. As for home heating oil, it will add €259.10 to a 900-litre refill, €2.60 to that bale of peat briquettes if they still exist, €12 to the bag of coal and €230 to your annual gas bill.

Every euro on the official rate of carbon tax adds 0.28 cent per litre of petrol or 0.33 cent per litre of diesel.

May 1st

What you can do is order in any fuel, (gas, home-heating oil, coal and briquettes), you can before may 1st, to avoid the increase on your next top up. The saving is not huge but for many every little bit helps.

Every euro rise in carbon tax per tonne announced by the Government translates into €2.51 per 900-litre refill of kerosene (home heating oil). So the €7.50 per ton increase in carbon tax will lead to an increase of €19 for a 900 litre fill from May 1st.

For those still burning solid fuels, a 12.5kg bale of peat briquettes will go up by 20 cent, a 40kg bag of coal by 90 cent.

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