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Why should you get your chimney cleaned?

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It may be officially autumn but weather-wise, winter has arrived.

Forest fires have injected massive amounts of smoke pollution into Galway air

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Over the last few days, emergency services continue to battle the blazing gorse fire in the Cloosh Valley, Connemara area of County Galway. Apart from the obvious devastating effect on wildlife and the damage to tree crops, the forest fires are causing a major air pollution episode in the area. In recent days, the wind diverted the pollution plume away from the most populated areas, however, at around 4pm on Tuesday evening, a change in wind direction engulfed the city in smoke pollution for a few hours.

Time to get the chimney cleaned.

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Now that winter is officially over, supposedly, it’s time to get down to brass tacks and tackle some of those necessary jobs around the house. One of the most important, and occasionally over looked tasks, is getting the chimney cleaned. Typically it isn’t a job homeowners would want to take on themselves which means hiring the professionals is a necessity. So with that in mind here are three simple tips on what to look out for when hiring a chimney cleaner.

Fire brigade call out charges a bad idea

There have been a couple of occasions in my life when I have had to call the fire brigade. Not often, thank God, but often enough to know that when you need them you are likely to need them badly.

Fire brigade call out charges a bad idea

There have been a couple of occasions in my life when I have had to call the fire brigade. Not often, thank God, but often enough to know that when you need them you are likely to need them badly.

Pub food, only better

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The Kings’ Head and Malt House Restaurant have just joined one of the more exclusive food clubs in Ireland – Good Food Ireland. It is not an easy club to get into either - you have to jump through a fair amount of hoops before you get one of these coveted stickers for your front door. And they're in good company too, with Kai, Aniar and Renvyle House also on the GFI list.

A clean chimney is a safe chimney

“A clean chimney is a safe chimney,” is the motto of local chimney sweep Paul Bordiss. With winter well and truly arrived there is nothing more cosy than cuddling up in front of a roaring fire be it coal, turf, or wood. However it has been statistically proven that more chimney fires occur at this time of year than at any other time. Out-of-use blockages and accumulated soot can combust unknown to the home dweller, resulting in a possible fire service callout. This generally costs four times the price of getting a chimney cleaned, not to mention potential smoke and water damage to interiors.

On the cookery book shelf

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Made at Home – Preserves

On the cookery book shelf

Made at Home – Preserves

Senior alert scheme

Are you over 65 and living alone or with another person aged over 65? If so you could be entitled to external sensor lighting, internal emergency lighting, and monitored personal alarm which includes a monitored smoke detector and a monitored carbon monoxide detector.

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