Think before you Tweet

WE LIVE in a world where often we spend as much time in a virtual online ‘reality’ as in our real lives.

WE LIVE in a world where often we spend as much time in a virtual online ‘reality’ as in our real lives.

This has frightening consequences for our health, most notably our mental health as was reflected recently where a number of young people committed suicide having fallen victim to cyberbullying.

Social media sites Facebook and Twitter have become intertwined in the lives of many. Of course there are advantages - it is a free way of maintaining contact with our loved ones overseas and is a great way to raise awareness of causes and events.

However people are lining themselves up as sitting ducks for opportunistic criminals by sharing their personal lives online. Many people now update their status on Facebook or tweet when they are going on holidays or out of the country. Easy pickings for thugs looking to make a quick buck by breaking into homes.

So be savvy when it comes to your home and your personal life on the internet. You may think that your settings are secure but how well do you know your online ‘friends’. And remember people talk so whatever information you post online is travelling far further than just the people who you allow access to your profile.

You would not literally leave a sign on your door saying your home is unoccupied for the weekend so don’t post it online either.

Celebrating our local heroes

HISTORY was made last Sunday when Thomastown won the All-Ireland club senior hurling championship and Clara were crowned All-Ireland intermediate hurling champions.

Thousands of people travelled to Croke Park last weekend to support their local clubs in their quest for All-Ireland glory.

It was a historic day when ordinary men played majestically and rose to the challenge making their club and county proud. They were transformed into heroes not only for those who watched the matches but for generations to come. There were great scenes of jubilation when the two teams were welcome home late on Sunday evening.

Today more so than ever we need simple stories of strength and perseverance to keep us going. The players who gave it their all and more showed us all what heights can be achieved when we apply commitment, dedication and hard work to the task at hand. We need honest leaders in our midst and we need role models for our children to follow. Last Sunday we found plenty of them.