Still Counting…

December 31, 2008

The total number of road deaths for 2008 has now reached 276.  That’s one more since yesterday.

A man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Co. Louth yesterday evening.  He was the driver of a car that went off the road at about 6.10pm.  Gardaí are appealing for witnesses.

The circumstances of this man’s death are not yet known but my heart goes out to his family and friends. And sadly, this latest death on the roads is unlikely to be the last before the year is out.


Don’t invite a tragedy of this nature onto your doorstep. If you plan on drinking tonight, please leave the car behind.

Safe driving and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

NEW YEAR’S DAY UPDATE:  Still counting… 😦

Three teenage boys aged 14, 16, and 17 have been killed in a car crash near Nenagh in Co Tipperary. Two other teenagers, a young man and woman, were seriously injured. The five teenagers were travelling in a car at around 7.30pm last night at Kilboy near Nenagh. Gardaí say the crash happened when the car left the road, mounted a ditch and hit a tree.

Transport Minister Noel Dempsey described the deaths as a terrible tragedy. Mr Dempsey appealed for all road users to continue the effort to reduce road deaths.

Be Drink Aware

December 30, 2008


A total of 275 people have died so far this year on Irish roads. Last year, 38 people lost their lives on our roads during the month of December, with 18 people killed or seriously injured over the Christmas period alone. The Road Safety Authority’s (RSA) campaign to improve safety on our roads, appears to be working as today’s figures represent a 20 per cent reduction (63 fewer road deaths) compared to this day last year. But the year is not over yet!

“It’s not just those seriously injured or killed on our roads whose lives are changed forever in a crash. Everyone crashes. The devastating consequences are like shock waves that affect family, relatives, friends, work colleagues and whole communities.”

This is the message contained in a new series of TV adverts as part of the RSA’s ‘Crashed Lives’ campaign.These new adverts featuring true-life stories of road tragedy, are being screened until the end of January but can also be viewed on

Gardaí have also appealed to all motorists to slow down, to keep to the speed limits and “observe personal responsibility” in their driving behaviour to protect their own lives, their passengers and all other road users.

Please, please be drink aware this New Year and don’t drink and drive. Remember, just one drink impairs driving. Don’t take that chance. Plan ahead. Leave the keys at home and get a taxi, minibus, public transport or take turns to designate a driver. After all, who wants to become just another statistic?

Christmas Crackers

December 25, 2008


Q: What creatures worry about their weight?

A: Fish – they never go anywhere without their scales!


Q: What did the sea say to the beach?

A: Nothing, it just waved!


Q: What do you get when three good friends come together on Christmas morning?

A: A dip in the Irish sea!


My daughter, Poppy (in pink shorts) thawing out after a swim with friends this morning.

Image source:  Imagefile

Home for Christmas

December 24, 2008


Happy Christmas everyone!

Stay well and safe driving!

Speak Out

December 22, 2008


It is good to speak out, whether you’ve bought a bad product, had a bad experience, noticed unclean or unhygienic practices or even if you just want to see some improvements. You’re unlikely to get satisfaction unless you offer feedback and speak out.

The “Speak Out” campaign, created by Safefood, encourages customers to speak out about any food hygiene concerns they may encounter. It is designed to educate consumers about their rights to food hygiene standards when eating outside the home and empower them to “speak out” if they are not satisfied.

Safefood is a North-South body, responsible for the promotion of food safety on the whole island of Ireland. The campaign is supported by radio and outdoor advertising and is endorsed by both the National Consumer Agency and Consumer Council for Northern Ireland.

So remember… don’t just think it, say it!

Source:  Safefood

Infection Control

December 20, 2008

Ireland’s first National Isolation Unit was opened yesterday by the Minister for Health, at the Mater Hospital in Dublin.  The unit has 12 beds in total and will be used for patients who contract highly infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, SARS and pandemic influenza.  It will also be used to treat patients with other infections including HIV, hepatitis B & C, meningitis, MRSA and malaria. This all sounds pretty good until you stop to think about it more deeply.


Firstly, I was amazed to learn that this highly specialised ‘state-of-the-art’ facility with it’s own infectious diseases multidisciplinary team, is actually the first of it’s kind in the whole country. Six of the isolation beds in this new unit will  be under negative pressure to help prevent airborne transmission of infection by microscopic droplets. Two of the isolation rooms will have different air handling systems to enhance infection control. It begs the question as to what has been happening with highly infectious patients up until now? I know that some of bigger public hospitals already have isolation units which are used to hoard all the MRSA infected patients together but they do not have any specialised facilities.

And secondly, with healthcare associated infections (HCAI) such as MRSA and C. diff now endemic in Irish hospitals, it strikes me that it might make more sense to use the isolation units for the patients who are clear of HCAI’s, to keep them free from contamination?

A Nasty Injury

December 18, 2008


A couple of women were playing golf one sunny Saturday afternoon. The first of the twosome teed off and watched in horror as her ball headed directly towards a foursome of men playing the next hole.  Indeed, the ball hit one of the men, and he immediately clasped his hands together at his crotch, fell to the ground and proceeded to roll around in evident agony. The woman rushed down to the man and immediately began to apologise.  She explained that she was a physiotherapist:

“Please allow me to help, I’m a physiotherapist and I know I could relieve your pain if you’d just allow me” she told him earnestly.

“Ummph, oooh, nnooo, I’ll be all right. I’ll be fine in a few minutes,” he replied breathlessly as he remained in the foetal position still clasping his hands together at his crotch. But she persisted, and he finally allowed her to help him.

She gently took his hands away and laid them to the side, she loosened his trousers, and she put her hands inside.  She began to massage his crotch. She then asked him:  “How does that feel?”

To which he replied:  “It feels great, but my thumb still hurts like hell!”