Knockraha Environment Group – Campaign Page

The Environment Group of the Knockraha Area Community Association has setup a dedicated website to serve as a campaign page against the proposed development of the Gridlink 400 kV substation in Knockraha, plus the associated 46m Pylons and 400 kV Power Lines.

Please visit: Knockraha Environment Group campaign page to find out more.

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Erins Own

Congratulations to the newly elected Club Officers and Managers recently elected. We wish them and their selectors and teams the very best in 2014.
Officers; Chairman; Liam O’Connell, Vice-Chairman; Cathal O’Connell,Secretary; Jamie Murphy, Treasurer; Barry O’Neill, Asst.Treasurer; Jim Dennehy; Registrar;Susan Scanlon.
PRO; Pat O’Callaghan. Med.Officer; Greg Twomey.
Long Puck; Sunday 29th.Dec from Glenmore Stores to Knockraha Village, starting 12am. All welcome to participate or to cheer on the participants.
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Knockraha Community Alert

We have recently formed a Community Alert group in Knockraha. Our aim is to focus on issues of Safety and Security that affect the entire Community on issues such as Crime and Safety in the home. Our focus is on improving the quality of life through promoting Neighbourliness, General Community Safety, Accident Prevention and Personal Safety. We are proposing to implement the Text Alert Service and the Socially Monitored Alarms in the near future. The Text Alert Service is run in association with the Gardai. There will soon be Community Volunteers calling to each house in the locality to set up this service which is completely voluntary.

Watch out for your neighbours and especially the elderly over the Christmas period and especially during the cold weather. Here are a few signs that your neighbours may not be okay. Milk not taken in late in the day. Newspapers or post stuck in the letterbox.
Curtains drawn or lights on during during the day. Home in darkness when there should be someone at home. Dog barking all day or the cat scratching to be let in.
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First Aid Course for over 18s in Glanmire

Commencing Mon 20th. Jan 2014 for 7 weeks. Please contact 086 0699086 or e-mail Glanmire@st.johns if interested.
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Knockraha Against Airgrid Project.

Up to 170 members of the local community and neighbouring parishes attended a meeting in Knockraha Community Hall as opposition mounts to Eirgrids 500m euro overhead power line project and the extension the the existing power station and the construction of a new power station to facilitate the Eirgrid project. A Knockraha Action Group was established and plan to meet regularly. The groups next objective will be to lobby local politicians to back their cause. People opposed to the project are asked to voice their concerns in writing to the Eirgrid public consultation process before the deadline by Jan.7th. 2014.
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The Draft Co,Development Plan

The Draft Co,Development Plan sets out the overall strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of the County and generally consists of a written statement and accompanying maps. It sets out the County’s planning policy. Volume 1 of the Draft Plan(hard copy or electronic format)together with Volumes 2.3 and 4 in electronic format may only be inspected fro 9.00am to 4.00pm from Mon.9th.Dec 2013 to 26th February 2014 at the Planning Department Floor 1 County Hall Cork.

Submissions can be made up to 4pm Weds.26th.February 2014 to Senior Planner, Planning Policy Unit.Floor 13 County Hall Cork or on line through the Councils web-site at
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Lightning damage to Monitored Alarms

Lightning has always been a bug-bear of monitored alarms, and recent storms have created havoc.

There are a number of scenario’s;

  1. Total wipeout:
  • You may be forced to inquire whether there is any household insurance to cover replacement.
  • Seek a replacement Grant.

But only if the company that supplied and installed renege’s on its 10 year commitment. Some units are manufactured in a way that the battery and circuit boards are a totally sealed unit. These are unserviceable and are extremely poor value for money, avoid purchase of such units.

Be conscious that the grant aid may end, and the replacement of lost units will be a cost to the community and family’s. The second scenario is that a transistor or two is damaged;

If it is a good quality unit made in a serviceable way, it will only cost a few cents and the short time involved in replacing the transistors.

Company’s that monitor their units will not usually charge for this refurbishment.

If it’s a unit manufactured in a way that the battery and circuit boards are a totally sealed unit for the sake of a transistor worth a few cents your unit is Kaput.

The company’s that supply serviceable units rarely ever have need to scrap a monitored alarm, perhaps one or two a year at most.

By; Diarmuid Cronin. Community Alert Southern Region, Development Office.  021- 7339011                                                email;

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Directions to your Home, for Emergencies

On regular occasions every year we all give detailed instructions to strangers, how they can find and drive directly to our home. Strangers such as;

  • Couriers with a parcel,
  • Deliveries of Supplies and equipment, the lists are endless.
  • Consider the implications of poor directions given to a Fire Brigade or Ambulance.
  • When seconds are critical, proper preparation saves lives.

Prepare a short written description advising a stranger on how to find your home, starting from a well-known local landmark. A few sentences should suffice. Carefully detail route, left and right – turns and forks in rd. Brief description of entrance to your home.

Place this description prominently, somewhere near your home-phones. It may unfortunately be a younger member of the family that will need to use it on your behalf.

A growing percentage of drivers now use satellite navigation, GPS.

However very few emergency service vehicles have GPS installed. Maybe we can expect that as vehicles are replaced GPS will become standard in the future.

If possible acquire the G.P.S. position of your home and write that also on the directions to home card.

By; Diarmuid Cronin. Community Alert Southern Region, Development Office.

021 – 7339 011



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KNOCKRAHA I.C.A. Report for year 2013

We held our A.G.M. in Knockraha Community Centre on  May 1. The following officers were elected. President Kathleen Dillon, Assistant Agnes Kelleher: Secretary Joan O’Donoghue. assistant Kathleen O’Brien :Treasurer Sheila Fitzgerald, assistant Mary Holland: Arts/Crafts promoter Margaret Mason, assistant Mary O’Brien,  PRO Kathleen O’Brien. During the past year , some members attended craft classes with Nuala Stack at Silversprings Hotel. Art classes were held in the hall with Noreen Gleeson ; on Wednesday night for members and on Thursday for non members. Work nights were also  held in Knitting and crochet.
During these sessions  we completed twenty seven blankets, a hundred baby caps and twelve matinee jackets  which we later presented to Dave Higgins  to be sent out to UNICEF in Syria, where his daughter Ettie is their CEO. Our more recent project has been crocheting fifty coordinating sets of blankets and caps for the neonatal units of the maternity hospitals of CUH, Holles Street and Waterford. As Christmas approaches we are working on a wallhanging to be hung in the Church porch and we hope to assist in the decoration of the Church as we usually do.
In ICA competitions we were very successful on Federation Day this year  with  Margaret Mason winning a first prize in the Still Life category, another first in Decoupage and  second prize for her  seascape. Sheila Fitzgerald’s  crocheted child’s jumper got first prize and Mary P. Murphy came joint third for her seascape.We entered a team for the I.C.A. Table Quiz East Cork section, which was  held in Leamlara and got through to the County Federation Final. The team was Mary P. Murphy, Agnes Kelleher, Mary Holland and Kathleen O’Brien. Sheila Fitzgerald, her daughters Elaine and Kathleen, Kathleen Dillon, Joan O’Donoghue and Mary P. Murphy  travelled with the Diocesan  pilgrimage to Lourdes as helpers  in 2012 and 2013 . Sheila also represented Cork Federation at a presentation at An Grianan in the national literary competition entitled “Love Story” . Socially, we went to Donegal for a four day trip, taking in Glenveagh National Park and the Doagh  Famine village.
We went as a group to celebrate Women’s Little Christmas Night at Midleton Park Hotel with dinner and Crystal Swing and on October 17 we were back there again to celebrate our thirty fifth anniversary. Once again this year for our charity fundraising we held our Easter Hamper Raffle instead of the sponsored walk that we used to do. Four hampers, wine and easter eggs were raffled, raising €1200 which was divided equally between Marymount Hospice and the I.C.A. Charity of the year, The Guide Dogs Association.
During the year too, we catered for people attending  the unveiling of a plaque at the site of the local creamery which  had been run by the Dairy Science Faculty of U.C.C.
New members are very welcome to come along to our monthly meetings in the Community Centre on the first Wednesday night of every month at 8.00pm. Information can be had from our Secretary Joan O’Donoghue 4821834, PRO Kathleen O’Brien 4822483 or any committee member.
Two new  County Cork guilds have opened in 2013 in Killeagh and Kinsale where the average age is well under forty!
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Attics must be considered a high-risk area in your home.

  • Out of sight does not mean it’s a non-risk area.
  • Typically a vast network of electrical cables cris-cross every attic in Ireland.
  • Typically attics become remote storage areas, books-magazines, clothes, paints; toys, etc. begin to fill the space.
  • Every electrical joint has the potential to loosen, causing a hot smouldering area, and then FIRE.
  • Electrical cables should be in good repair, not worn, frayed, or perished from age.
  • Standard Down-Lighter bulbs are extremely hot and create a very hot attic space.
  • Change to Low – energy Down-Lighter bulbs which do not create heat, they are cheaper to run also.
  • Try to keep your attic free of fire hazards.
  • Inspect and clean chimney’s yearly.
  • Inspect the bricks and mortar of the chimney, and whether rafters are at risk of smouldering from heat.
  • Stove pipes have proved a particular hazard especially when installed in a DIY manner.
  • Chimney or stove pipe, evaluate its safety.
  • Do place long life smoke alarms in the attic.
  • These may be linked to similar smoke alarms in the hallway under-neat.
  • Irish made ten year battery alarms are generally inter-connectable.
  • Smoke alarms should be less than 10 years old, alarms maintained clean, free of dust, cobwebs etc.
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