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Gorse fires across Ireland. Credit: NASA/GSFC, MODIS Rapid Response
Technology

NASA satellite image of gorse fires raging across the north and west of Ireland

NASA's MODIS Rapid Response, an emergency response system that provides near real-time satellite "thermal anomaly" imagery, has captured this image of gorse fires raging across parts of the north and west of Ireland. The image was taken yesterday afternoon as strong winds and prolonged recent dry spells have driven gorse, bog, and forest fires "out of control" in Donegal, Down, Galway, Mayo and parts of Fermanagh, Monaghan and Tyrone.
Twestival 2011
Social Media

Twestival 2011 kicking off in Dublin, Galway and Belfast

Twestival 2011 is kicking off right about now across Ireland, bringing Twitter users together in tangible form and raising money for charity in the process. Tonight's Twestival events in Dublin, Galway and Belfast promise to provide entertainment, a chance to meet like-minded people, and of course help their respective causes.
CSO Journey of a census form Credit: Cesus.ie
Technology

How the 2011 Irish census works #infographic

With only a short time to go to the 2011 census night on April 10 the Central Statistics Office has released an infographic explaining how this year’s form was created.According to the graphic over 2 million census forms will be printed this year, these will be delivered to every home in the country from 440 regional offices. After the April 10 census night the forms will be collected, scanned and analysed for publication by the CSO from July.
Nokia Mobile TV Receiver SU-33W
Mobile

Plans for mobile digital TV scrapped, only Vodafone interested

Ireland’s communication’s regulator, ComReg, has scrapped plans to launch digital mobile TV Ireland, it announced today. The regulator said in a policy document, ”[it has become apparent to] ComReg that use of the identified spectrum to provide a Mobile TV service in Ireland was not the subject of particularly strong interest to potential operators, and interest in the proposed procedure to grant the authorisation diminished.”