PUBLIC MEETING: The Community Alert Public Meeting held last week in Hospital was well attended. Presentations came from Peter Buckley, TASK, Superintendent Alan Cunningham and local Garda Deno Wilkinson.
Peter Buckley spoke on support of older people and said one million people aged over 65 have social alarms i.e. panic buttons, phones etc.,.
What is Community Alert? Garda Wilkinson told the meeting it is a safety initiative focused on the older and venerable in the community. If possible on and around your property a cctv camera, an alarm and light work well together to protect your property. On the farm, don’t leave bikes, machinery unsecured lock them away and secure all property, expensive machinery should be secured near the home. On driveways lay gravel which creates a noise and can be deterrent. Install sensor lights at the back of the house and keep hedges and trees under control in order to give the criminal no place to hide. The three minute rule: If it takes more than three minutes its a good chance he wont break in. Don’t keep cash at home and don’t let anyone know if you do. Never give any information to strangers.
Personal Safety: Young people are more at risk than older people. A viewer on a door and a chain can improve safety in our homes. Three per cent of us go to bed at night and leave our doors open which can be identified by the criminals. Many houses are not numbered which makes it difficult for emergency services.e. doctor, ambulance and fire service to find us. Check the identification of anyone who calls to your home, be sure who you let in, if in doubt keep them out. There is no shame in being a victim of crime, report it immediately to the Garda.
Superintendent Cunningham spoke of the services aliened to the Garda Siochana, Community Alert, Neighbourhood Watch and the Text Alert, which is just being set up in Hospital. He said resources are smaller now with no recruitment and the Garda Siochana role is to serve the people and people can contact the station and phone the Garda anytime. The setting up of Text Alert is important, text messages have cut crime in the districts and areas where it has been set up, this is a pilot scheme for Hospital. Finally the Superintendent said when attending church services this Easter not to leave anything in the car and maybe have one or two people keeping an eye on the cars.
Muintire na Tire and An Garda Siochana work together creating greater community awareness and alertness, building safer communities. Muintire na Tire was formed in 1937 and operates 1350 schemes nationwide.
The Hospital Community Alert Group will be calling on all homes in the area to encourage residents to join up to Text Alert.
CHURCH SERVICES EASTER: Wednesday: Mass at 7.30pm. Holy Thursday: Mass at 8pm followed by Holy Hour followed by Prayer Service. Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. Stations of the Cross at 8pm. Holy Saturday: Ceremonies start at 8pm.
GET – TOGETHER: The next get-together is Tuesday 2 April from 2 – 4pm in the Resource Centre, enjoy music, dancing, bingo, tea and a chat, all welcome.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL: At this months meeting the closure of AIB on 12 April and the Post Office and Mobile Bank all came under discussion. Vote of sympathy to the families of the following, John Conway, England, Mrs Gorey, Rathanny Road, Sean Shire, Knockainey Road, Danny Long, John Joe Gleeson, Ballinalough. The next meeting is 16 April.
BATTLE OF THE BANDS: On Saturday 6 April at 8pm in Bruff Rugby Club, all proceeds going towards Brendan Ring and Martin Hartnett’s fundraising in aid of Cliona’s Foundation and the Limerick Lourdes Invalid Fund for their 800km cycle from Nantes to Lourdes in June. Performing bands include Nightfall, Reverse the Hearse, The 3 Chords, Nevertheless, Wonderwall and Cairde Ceoil. Admission €10, finger food and raffle.
GAA: In round 1 of the ACFL HH were defeated by Pallasgreen on a score of 2 – 14 to 2 – 7. It was great to see Damian Reale, Liam Reale and Manus Breathnach all in good form and they are sure to be a major addition to the team this year. The club take on Sean Finns in round 2 this Friday in Rathkeale while the senior hurlers have their first competitive outing this Monday against Bruree in the South Championship. Keep an eye on the club Facebook for venue and time.
BORD NA NOG: U6 and U8 indoor training continues on Thursday from 6 – 6.55pm. The club congratulate those who organised a very successful St. Patricks day parade in Herbertstown and for treats give to the players who took part in it. a huge thanks to all. U12’s are preparing for their trip to Croke Park on Tuesday 2 April where they play three matches. Contact Gerry Ryan about details or if you are looking to go along. The club have hurleys and helmets on sale at greatly reduced cost to all ages, contact coaches in relation to this.
The club are appealing to anyone with an old or now used helmet to donate them to the club as they are hoping to give some to the two schools for their use and their promotion of hurling in the schools.