Thursday, April 23, 2015

Signs for Text Alert Scheme

Ten signs are being ordered for the community Text Alert scheme, a meeting of the organising group heard last night, writes Brian Byrne.

Membership remains at €10 annually, to fund the ongoing costs and the new signs, which will be placed on poles already used for the Community Alert scheme.

The meeting of the Kilcullen Garda District Text Alert group in The Stream Inn in Calverstown were also told that the membership in the scheme is now up to 412.

The communities of Brannockstown and Kinneagh joined recently, extending the original area of Old Kilcullen, Calverstown and Castlefish, where the scheme was inaugurated in July 2013.

Scores of Alerts have been processed and transmitted to participants in since then. They included details of suspicious activities and vehicles, burglaries, and thefts of property and animals.

Any group or residential area can contact Sabina Reddy if interested, or email the Diary ( and we'll put you in touch. The organisers emphasise that the scheme is not just for the more isolated rural areas, and are encouraging estates in the town to become involved.

The national Text Alert system was officially launched in September 2013 and is operated by the Gardaí with Muintir na Tíre, Neighbourhood Watch and the Irish Farmers Association.

More than 100,000 people are signed up to the scheme from 550 groups across the country. More than one million SMS messages have been sent via the system to date.

Application forms are available in Kilcullen Credit Union, Kilcullen Garda Station and The Grocery store in Calverstown.