A notice from Billy Sheehan, General Secretary:

NEC has decided that summer meetings scheduled for May or June should be cancelled. Hopefully AGMs can be held in November/December.

NEC, on behalf of all members, decided that , as a charities are in need of support, two donations of €20,000 were made to ALONE and VINCENT de PAUL. A further two donations of €5,000 were made to IRISH CANCER SOCIETY and the PETER MCVERRY TRUST.


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Hope you are all keeping well – how blessed we have been that the weather was so good during this time of crisis. Even if we had to survive within the confines of our garden, it was great to be able to enjoy sunshine. I’m sure the extension of limits to 5km as well as the opening of boundaries for our over 70s is appreciated.

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Missing ‘actual’ contact with family, especially with the little ones, has been very difficult. However ‘virtual’ contact has helped – my grandson thinks that I have a starring role in Paw Patrol!!!!! or Thomas the Tank Engine!!!! At least I am still be recognised despite some changes to my appearance.

Bad hair day ☺ | Funny | Nuser, Søren brun og Tegneserier




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Hope everyone keeping well. I know there’s lots of anxiety out there, lotsa “fake news”.

But it’s good to be informed. So here are some links to credible websites:

HSE for updated comprehensive advise on protecting yourself, symptoms, self, isolating, etc 

Department of Foreign Affairs for Travel advice related to Corona Virus

World Health Organisation – more pretty regularly updated information – may be of interest if you’ve travel plans

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Some suggestions for putting in the hours, without sport on the telly, without meetings, whatever, – Brendan O’Connor had a number of authors on show this morning with suggestions for reading (I missed the beginning and then couldn’t find a pencil) but eventually got these (more comprehensive list on podcast): 


Turbulance by David Szalay – 12 novel stories about characters whose lives are linked via air travel and their in-flight anxieties (All That Man also by David Szalay was mentioned)


Eggshells by Caitriona Lally 

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel (Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies also by Hilary Mantel)

Poetry Pharmacy: Tried-and-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul by William Sieghart (googled it and its described as a marvellous selection!)

100 Poems by Seamus Heaney

Philip Larkin – any of his poetry collections


2020 Day trip to Foynes with RTA Kildare

Put this date in your diary:


It’s always great to start a New Year with travel plans – and who better to get us on the road than Ms Travel herself, RenaMcAllan. RTA Kildare will take to the road in 2020 for a day trip to Foynes, in Co Limerick.

Places are booking fast so get you name down!!!!! Phone Rena 086 8252164

Leaving Naas at 8am and collecting in Newbridge about 8.30, our bus will hit for stop 1 just outside Birdhill – the renowned Matt the Thresher for morning coffee and maybe a scone or a biscuit!

Then on to Foynes where there’s a wide range of exhibitions – Flying Boat Museum, The Aviation Museum, The Irish Coffee Experience (I’m sure there’ll be a few sampled!!!), the Maureen O’Hara exhibition and a chance for lunch in O’Regans Restaurant. There has to be something to suit everyone’s fancy – I’m particularly looking forward to the story of the Colleen Bawn and the Ghost ships!!! and an Irish Coffee of course.

We return home through Limerick city, taking in St John’s Castle with its new interactive touring facility.

We’ll be well ready for a two-course Dinner after that back in Matt’s in Birdhill before hitting for home. ETA about 9 o’clockish!!!!

We might even raise a song or two on the trip!!!

All this for €60 (RTA are sponsoring the bus – Thanks Madam Treasurer and our generous committee!) so fee covers entry to all attractions, morning coffee, dinner and tips. Money will be collected as you board the bus in the morning.

Comhair Linn and PSD2

PSD is coming 14th September. Be prepared…

This beautiful sculpture, Foinse Gheal, is located in Comhair Linn branch’s garden on Parnell Square.

What is PSD2?

The second Payment Services Directive or PSD2 is a European law which comes into full force on 14th September and which will make it more secure for you to make electronic payments when shopping online or using online banking services. PSD2 aims to make payments safer and increase consumer protection.

These changes are being introduced to protect consumers from increased online fraud. Additional security measures known as Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) and will be introduced in Comhair Linn’s browser-based services and Mobile App.

What does Strong Customer Authentication mean?

The principle of SCA is to increase security for electronic payments through the introduction of two factor authentication protocols. This is a security process in which you may be asked to verify your identity in two different ways such as with a password or a fingerprint . SCA will be used when accessing online payment accounts or shopping online. Customer authentication is in use today however with PSD2 it is likely to be used more frequently to provide enhanced security.

How will this impact Comhair Linn members?

Mobile App

There will be a new version of the Mobile App to cater for these changes and you may be prompted to update your app. As part of these improved security measures you will logon as normal but you may be required to provide additional authentication via your phone.

Mobile phone number and Email address

It is imperative that the mobile phone number and email address that Comhair Linn has registered for your account is correct. To view the number registered to you, log in to Online Banking and click the Personal Settings option – located in the top right hand corner of the screen in your Online Banking . If any details are incorrect please contact the Credit Union.

Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) once implemented

The following actions will be required by SCA from 14th September 2019 however some may be introduced earlier:

1. Logging in to your Online Banking
2. Setting up new payees
3. Viewing transactions older than 90 days
4. View e-Statements
5. View Documents older than 90 days

Security Advice

When Comhair Linn communicate with you they will never ask you for your card number or PIN and  will never advise you to transfer money out of your account. Should you encounter any of the above requests you should report it to your Credit Union immediately.