Thursday, 23 October 2014

So Just How Much is Irish Water Going to Charge Me to Wash My Car?

Unless you've been living with your head in the sand you'll have been hearing and seeing the ongoing fiasco that is Irish Water. It would be funny if it wasn't so tragic. Perhaps I'm just jealous I don't work for an organisation that appears to have a bonus scheme rewarding ineptitude. 

But let me get back to the matter at hand, lets get down to the nitty gritty of it... How much is it going to cost me to wash my car now that we're paying for water?
Garden Hose
The Irish Water website lists metered charges for water supplied at €2.44 per m³, (I'd link to the website only I'd be fearful that I'd somehow contribute to another nonsensical bonus for them hitting website traffic targets!). 1m³ = 1 cubic metre = 1,000 litres.

From looking online I'm taking the figure of 100 gallons for a 10 minute car wash using a standard garden hose. In new money that's 0.37m³ which totals 0.90cent. Ok so there's no need to smash open the piggy bank just yet!

So how often do you wash your car? Is it part of your weekend ritual? Once a week? Once a month? Well firstly lets take the once a week washer, that's 52 weeks of the year x .90cent = €46.80 so we'll call it €50 because lets be honest, sometimes it took you 11 minutes, and there was also that time you got distracted talking to your neighbour (bitching about water charges no less) and let the hose run, tut tut. 

Then there's the once a month washer, so that's 12 x .90cent = €10.80, but that's not fair because you take 15 minutes to wash your car due to a build up of 4 weeks of motorway dirt on your car! So that's now 0.56m³ of water which costs €1.36 x 12 which is €16.39.

Then there's the rest of us, the ones that are either too lazy and too busy to wash our cars so we'll pay the €8-€10 in our local petrol station to get the car washed. I don't need to do the maths for you here to see that washing your own car at home may very well save you money in the long run and won't break the bank, but who has the time? Plus Irish weather is not a car washers friend.

There's lots of ways to be smarter about water usage now that we're being charged for it, the use of water butts collecting rain water, using a bucket and sponge to wash your car instead of the hose or using a hose with a nozzle that can stop the flow of water when it's not being used. MicksGarage would like to help you use water wisely so we have a number of cleaning products to help you on your way from buckets and sponges to No H2O.

The views in this post are purely my own and do not reflect the views of MicksGarage. I also take no responsibility for the sums or equations therein, they are merely an estimate to satisfy my curiosity.

Written by Lisa, That's What She Said!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Engine Room Show: Episode 90

In this week's (long-awaited) episode, we discuss the wonders of the Paris Motor Show, Humphreys' sore ankles and Moore's new car!

You can see more stuff from Dave MooreDave Humphreys & Steven Cooper by checking out The Engine Room Show Facebook page, Twitter and their very own website which you can find over here. They also do random things on YouTube!

Words by John Smyth, MicksGarage Marketing Guru!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Work Experience With


I'm Alan Grogan a fourth year student from Gaelcholaiste in Carlow.

I'm Spending my first week of work experience with

Monday: On Monday morning I woke up at 6:30 to catch the 7:40 train. I'm living with my brother Paul in Sallins. I arrived at Park West Train Station and made my way to MicksGarage HQ. When I arrived I was a bit early and I pressed the bell and was meet by Michele and he brought me into customer service to wait for Rob who I was in contact with in relation with the work experience. When Rob Arrived he brought me up to Gillian Who works In The Human Resources side of the company. Gillian took me around the place introducing me to everyone.I felt like the pope shaking everybody's hand and everyone was so nice and made me feel so welcome.
At it has a very relaxed mood to the place which is key and keeps the stress levels down.So I spent the rest of Monday in with Gillian Scanning and Sorting Invoices.
And I Left at 5:30 to catch the 6:00 Train Back to Sallins.

Tuesday: Tuesday I spent the day down in the warehouse with Danny And the lads
My Job was packaging all the products that are bought on the internet.
In Total I packaged 126 products and thought that I did really well but the lads were at 300, but wasn't bad for My first go.

Wednesday: Wednesday was with Gilllian Sorting and Scanning Invoices and I got a real insight
into the behind the scenes work that Ciaran, Mick, Gillian and everyone at does
to deliver Their products on time and up to high quality

Thursday: Thursday I spent the day with Rob and the guys at Marketing. Rob showed me the Facebook account and inputting pictures of cars into the website and research.

Friday: Friday I spent finding out what all the guys were doing in the marketing department .I looked at stock management, Design and Ebay, Amazon.At 4 we had a quiz which Lisa set up it, Dingbats were the chosen subject and I'm delighted to announce the Junior Winner was Myself.

I would like to thank everybody at for making me feel very welcome and teaching me a lot about marketing,Packaging,Administration and the hard work that has to be put in to make money in this world.


 MicksGarage.Com Logo in Reception
MicksGarage HQ



Mick Air Freshener Deals, Offers That Make Scents!

All the offers have Free Delivery and they are on for this weekend only!

We didn't want Mick to be lonely while being delivered, so we bundled him with some special offers on great products like our best selling Gummi Pflege Rubber Care and more. See them all here.

This is the offer we didn't tell Mick about; You can buy 1 Mick Air Freshener for €0.99/£0.84 cent with free delivery. You really have no excuses? 

If you think can handle it, you can buy 3 for €2.69/£2.29. That’s one for your car, one for the toilet & one for your dog. For hard-core fans there’s a pack of 10 for €5.99/£5.09! 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Toyota recalls 1.67 million Vehicles

Toyota have issued 3 new recalls which covers a total of 1.67 million vehicles. The largest of the recalls is in Japan. The problem is with the brake systems of certain Majesta, Noah and Voxy models. It is also reported that in some cases the issue could cause degrading of the brake performance.

The second recall is in the United States for Lexus models between the years 2005 to 2010. The issue with these models is a faulty fuel delivery pipe that could increase the risk of a fire.

The third recall is in Japan and involves the Corolla Rumion and Auris models with a faulty evaporative emission control unit.

In all cases, Toyota has reported that they are not aware of any incidents, fatalities or accidents due to the issues found.

Words by Niall

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

A Long Awaited Update on Schumacher

Jean Todt, FIA president and friend of Michael Schumacher has released a long awaited update on his friends condition. Todt visited the Schumacher family in their home in Switzerland and reported that he will be able to live "a relatively normal life within a short period of time". He also stressed that we should be grateful that “he is living" and "that his family is close to him”. He also added that his friend should be left to recover in private.  

Michael Schumacher was in an induced coma for 189 days after his tragic accident in the French Alps last Christmas, he now resides in his home in Switzerland with around the clock care which is estimated to be costing £100,000 a month.

I look forward to hearing more positive news in the near future. As always, we wish him a full and speedy recovery.

Words by Niall

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Some information about Our Soapbox Race chosen charity

On the 2nd November is holding our first charity SoapBox race in aid of the Jack and Jill Foundation Here is a small insight into Jack & Jill and why we have chosen to support the charity.

The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation provides direct funding, to families of children up to the age of 4 with brain damage who suffer severe intellectual and physical developmental delay, enabling them to purchase home respite care. We also provide end of life care.  These are children who as a result of their condition require intensive home nursing care. The Foundation gives these families the Gift of time, time to do the things that we so often take for granted like shopping, taking their other children to the park, a night’s sleep etc.
Jack and Jill needs to raise over €3 million per year to provide these services. Less than 19% of our budget comes from the Government so they rely on innovative fundraising campaigns to reach our target. Please help us to help these families by making a donation or by holding a fundraising event on their behalf.

How Jack & Jill began
On 29 February 1996 Jack Irwin was born – a bonny bouncy baby. Two days later he suffered some invasive trauma in the hospital’s nursery.
While history does not reveal the immediate aftermath of this drama, it is probable that he died and was resuscitated. Certainly from that moment on, Jack could not swallow and was probably blind and deaf. His parent’s dreams were shattered and the heartbreaking task of keeping Jack alive began. 

"The senior pediatrician in the hospital was brutal but honest."

Asked for a route map of care for Jack once he left their intensive care unit, it was made clear that there were simply no services in Ireland available in 1997 to a baby like Jack. He cautioned that Jack’s needs would threaten the marriage and certainly damage the childhood of his healthy brothers and sister. To escape this trap, he advised the only way out was to get him admitted to one of the children’s hospitals. Then and only then would the State have to take responsibility for him.

"Spine chilling advice that resolved Jack’s parents to take action. Never again would any Irish family have to face such a horror"

Jack lived for 22 months – a desperate and painful life. A mix of drugs, physio, postural drainage, seizures, reflux operations, gastronomy and suctioning. The only saving grace was that he was cosy and warm and nursed around the clock by a dedicated band of five nurses and carers from the neighborhood.
His short life showed his parents the ideal way in which little children like Jack can be nursed. From their experience evolved the home respite care that has now been offered to over 1700 children and their families all over Ireland since 1997.
This leads to a situation where the Jack & Jill Foundation not only has to raise funding of up to €2.7 million per annum but must act as advocate for it’s families helping in securing a carer’s allowance, a medical card, correct housing, special equipment or a primary medical certificate.

Why is this the case?
In a rich country like ours, why do our families have to struggle to be granted even the most basic entitlements?
The root problem of this is historic. The State has previously taken the view that children such as those cared for by the Jack & Jill Foundation would die, probably before their second birthday, and therefore were never taken onto the State’s books.
Thankfully this attitude is slowly changing and the Jack & Jill Foundation applauds this.
At all times, we are mindful of the isolation and loneliness that families experience and we pay particular attention to the needs and emotions of the healthy brothers and sisters who can so easily be overlooked.

Read the stories of families that Jack and Jill have helped. have created a MyCharity page for our SoapBox Race Fundraiser, please click here and donate.

Thank You
Words by Amy