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Safety Ahead of Glory – Zika at Olympics 2016

Posted on September 22, 2016

Zika Virus in Brazil Brazil has been at the epicenter of a frightening outbreak of the dreaded mosquito-borne Zika virus. In 1952, the first human cases were detected and since then outbreaks in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands have occured. Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. Zika is spread through sexual intercourse with an infected man or passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Fever, rash, joint pain, and...

Evolution of Motor Cars in Ireland

Posted on September 22, 2016

First Cars in Ireland Until 1898, there were no cars in Ireland. The first car imported into Ireland was a Benz Velo which arrived in 1898. Cars were extremely expensive and in 1904, only 38 motor vehicles registered. This had risen to 5,058 by 1911 and 19,554 in 1914. This also led to an increase in the number of petrol dealers in the country, which doubled between 1901-1914.  In 1917 Henry Ford established Henry Ford & Son Ltd. It began...

Sun Protection – Protect Your Skin

Posted on September 22, 2016

Sun Protection at Home and Abroad Sun protection is important to protect against cancer. It also helps to keep your skin in good condition. It's hard to believe that the summer school holidays have started our summer sunshine should well and truly arrive. While we're not always basking in glorious sunshine in Ireland, it's still important to protect your skin from the sun. This still applies even on the days that it doesn’t shine. According to Standards Australia, the following...

8 Interesting and Fun Facts about the Olympic Games

Posted on September 22, 2016

Olympic Games 2016 The summer of sport continues with the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games just as Euro 2016 concludes. Here’s 8 fun facts you need to know about this historic event. Rio 2016 will be the first time in Olympic games history that a South American country will host the Games. Rio won its bid in 2009, beating cities such as Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo. The torch relay began on 21st April 2016 at the Game's birthplace of Olympia...

Meeting Michael Conlan

Posted on September 22, 2016

Michael Conlan Michael Conlan has achieved a lot at just 24 years old. He has already won gold at the Commonwealth Games, European Championships and World Championships. He also managed to secure bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Michael's Background Michael Conlan grew up in Belfast in a family immersed in boxing. His father is his boxing coach and his brother Jamie is also a professional boxer. In 2015, Michael became a proud father to Luisne. Michael has...

7 Useful Cleaning Benefits of Baking Soda in your Home

Posted on September 22, 2016

Clean Your Home With Baking Soda We've previously provided you with a list of ways to get your house squeaky clean. But what cleaning products should you use? Today we’ve compiled a list of ways that you can use baking soda to clean your home. We promise that all the methods are quick and easy, so you’ll spend less time cleaning and more time relaxing. Not only is it a non-toxic way to tackle dirt and odours in your home, it’s also...

5 Famous Sporting Unjustices

Posted on September 22, 2016

1. Michael Conlon vs Vladimir Nikitin, 16 August 2016, 2016 Rio Olympics The most recent of Irelands’ sporting heartbreaks was Michael Conlon. As he put it himself, he “boxed the ears” off his Russian opponent for 3 rounds only for the visually-challenged judges to score the fight in Mr Nikitin's favour. This result has been widely criticised and is likely to lead to wholesale changes within the Amateur boxing world. Or so we should hope! It should be noted that...

Road Signs in Ireland

Posted on September 22, 2016

Do you know your road signs?  After time, those road signs that you drilled into your head before your car theory test may have started to fade from your memory. Of course there are bound to be some road signs that you’ll never forget. A stop sign for example, is something you’re going to see numerous times on each journey. And if you do forget, we’re pretty sure that you’ll be able to figure out what a sign with STOP...

Preparing your Home for Autumn

Posted on September 22, 2016

6 Ways of Preparing your Home for Autumn We know that the last thing you want to think about is preparing your home for Autumn. Its always a dull time when you notice those evenings getting shorter. When you're living in Ireland you never know what type of weather Autumn will bring. Whether its sunshine, rain or wind, it’s important to protect your home from the Irish weather. Using the last dry days of the year to prepare for what’s...

Tyre Maintenance – Pressure, Balancing and Alignment

Posted on September 22, 2016

The Importance of Tyre Maintenance Tyre maintenance is an important responsibility when you own a car. Not only does it save you money, increase your control and improve breaking power but it also leads to safer driving. Tyre Pressure Tyre pressure should be treated as an important safety element of your car’s tyre maintenance. It is vital that your car has the correct tyre pressure as it is required to carry the weight of your car and its load. There’s...