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Increase Your Braking Distance

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) are advising drivers and motorcyclists to take extra care using the roads at this present time.

The past prolonged dry spell of weather has allowed for the build-up of oil and rubber deposit to develop on road surfaces. Now with the weather breaking, these deposits when mixed with the recent heavy rainwater, results in a greasy road surface, which in turn reduces the expected length of stopping distances between you and the vehicle ahead, plus the risk of skids. The Road Safety Authority are therefore asking drivers, using our roads, to become aware of these present dangers and to slow down, while increasing your braking distance.

General Safety Tips for Road Users:

  • Remember it takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads. In this event, do slow down and allow that extra distance between you and the vehicle you are behind.
  • Take particular care when driving behind larger vehicles, e.g. trucks or buses; since they usually generate a considerable amount of spray, thus often reducing visibility on driver bringing up the rear.
  • Watch out for other vulnerable road users e.g. pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Remember there is also an onus also on pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists to be seen, so wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
  • During periods of poor visibility, use dipped headlights at all times. Poor drivers will tell you that headlights are fitted to cars so that you can see where you are going in the dark. Wise drivers, on the other hand, will tell you that headlights let you see and be seen in good time. (Logically, in conditions of poor visibility, if you cannot be seen clearly from behind then just one day it is inevitable that your vehicle will be hit, and the cause of this rear collision might just be an 18-wheeler.)
  • Check your tyres and replace them, if the thread depth is below 3mm.
  • Be mindful of ‘aquaplaning’ or ‘hydroplaning’ by all wheeled vehicles particularly on roads where 100/120kmh speeds apply. Note: Same occurs when a layer of water builds between the wheels of the vehicle and the road surface, leading to a loss of traction that prevents the vehicle from responding to normal control inputs.

Visit the RSA’s website HERE for further advice when using the road in severe weather conditions.

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See Old Ireland Free

Again this year, access to OPW-managed heritage sites will be free on the first Wednesday of every month, to individuals wishing to visit these sites, and for the duration of their particular opening season.

Families looking for a free day out in Ireland, particularly here in Tipperary and indeed elsewhere here is your chance “To see old Ireland free”.   So please, old age pensioners and those enjoying free travel, do take full advantage.

That means that visits to sites in Tipperary such as:- Cahir Castle, the Swiss Cottage, the Rock of Cashel, Roscrea Heritage (Castle) and the Blackmills, and venues further afield nationally like Kilkenny Castle, Clonmacnoise, Ross Castle in Killarney; to name but a few, won’t cost you a red cent.

Of course, tickets will be allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served basis’, so visitors are advised to arrive early to avoid delays, and do keep in mind that some attractions are open all year-round, while others may have opening hours which are seasonal.

You can get more information regarding these venues, simply by clicking HERE.

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Road Safety Seminar for Transition Year students Tomorrow

Garda Forensic Collision Investigator, (Tipperary Divisional Traffic Corps) M/s Annastatia Murphy reports:-

“A Road Safety Seminar for Transition Year students will be held at LIT Thurles on tomorrow Thursday May 4th 2017. This day will focus on raising road safety awareness.

Students from the District of Thurles will be in attendance on both days. This is the 7th successive year that this event has taken place, however it is the first year it is being held outside of the An Garda Síochána College.

Previously the event has been held at An Garda Síochána College, Templemore, however due to the rapid and recent increase in Garda students, the college are unable to facilitate this year. In February 2017, we held a similar event in St Patrick’s Campus of the Mary Immaculate College, Thurles. For tomorrow’s event, LIT Thurles have graciously facilitated us on their campus.

Approximately 180 students from CBS Thurles and Presentation School Thurles are expected to be in attendance. An additional 25 persons will also be in attendance to include, guest speakers, VIPs and teachers. The event is expected to commence at 10.00am, ending at 3.00pm.

As this seminar is focussing on Road Safety, we have invited a number of subject relevant guests to participate. These will include representatives from the Road Safety Authority, An Garda Síochána Traffic Corps and a serious injury collision survivor.

The event has been a huge success in the past and has received very positive feedback, in promoting road safety and in turn helping to reduce serious and fatal road traffic collisions.”

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Advocacy In Action Event

Tipperary Dyspraxia Association & Tipperary Dyslexic Peer Support Groups

“Making Tipperary a great place for children and young people to grow up”

Following up on the very successful ‘Advocacy & Awareness Event’  held on November 11th 2016, at the Horse & Jockey Hotel Thurles, Co. Tipperary; the Tipperary Dyspraxia Association & Tipperary Dyslexia Support Groups (which are funded and facilitated by North Tipperary LEADER Partnership (NTLP) under their ‘Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme’ (SICAP), have organised ‘Advocacy In Action’.

This event will provide a platform for everyone with an interest in hidden disabilities, to come along and highlight the challenges facing children and young people with dyslexia and/or dyspraxia and how same can be addressed.

This information will feed into the Children & Young Peoples Services Committee Work Plan 2017-2019. This upcoming event will take place on Friday evening next April 28th 2017, beginning sharp at 7.00pm, in the Moycarkey Borris Sports Complex, situated on the Ballybeg Road, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Agenda Includes:-
Speaker 1: Mr Donald Ewing, Head of Psychological & Educational Services Dyslexia Ireland
Speaker 2: M/s Aine O’Dea, Hamna Shida Psychological Services (to be confirmed).

There will be a Tea/Coffee Break, with a division into small discussion groups facilitated by Stephanie Duffy from Focus Facilitation. This discussion will later be summarized by feeding back findings from each small group, thus evaluating ideas towards what should be the next steps to be put into practise.

For further information: Tel: 0504 90579 or email: treception@ntlp.ie.
You can follow on Facebook @ Tipperary Dyspraxia & Tipperary Dyslexic Support Groups

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Tipperary Primary Schools Excluded From DEIS

DEIS Exclusion

Five primary schools from Tipperary town, represented by some 100 school pupils, teachers, and their parents, travelled to Dublin city yesterday, to protest at their exclusion from the DEIS scheme (Delivering Equality of opportunity In Schools), latter which allocates additional resources to disadvantaged schools.

Each of the five primary schools protesting all believe they meet the necessary criteria for full inclusion in this scheme.

In February last an extra 79 schools were granted DEIS status, however Tipperary schools were not included in the final shake up. They together with some 90 other schools, have now formally queried this allocation process to the Department of Education.

The school principals state that while the Department of Education officials informed them that their particular establishments appear to meet DEIS criteria, they will not currently be included in the scheme. This is received by those protesting as a gross injustice being handed out to Tipperary town pupils.

During their protest the five schools delivered a letter of protest for the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton, which fully outlined their trepidations.

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