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National Ploughing Championships Munster Traffic Plan

gardaAn Garda Síochána are requesting that people travelling from the Cork/Munster area, over the coming days; wishing to attend the 85th National Ploughing Championships at Screggan, Tullamore, to turn off the M8 at Junction 6 (Horse & Jockey) and not to continue along the motorway to Portlaoise.

For people travelling from the Cork/Munster region, by turning off at Junction 6; they will avoid delays and traffic congestion in the Portlaoise area. Motorists following this suggested route will also be assisted by Gardaí who remain on point duty in the towns of Thurles, Templemore, Roscrea and Birr, and will gain faster and easier access to car parks provided on the west side of the Screggan site; without having to go into the town of Tullamore and attempt to merge with other traffic.

So turn off all sat navigation and simply plan your route by turning off the M8 at Junction 6.


Another Tragedy On Tipperary Roads

GardaThe male occupant of a vehicle has died following a tragic accident at around 2.00am in North Tipperary this morning.

The sole occupant of the vehicle; a man believed to be in his 30’s, died when his car left the road and struck a fence on the N52 near Ardcroney, Nenagh, Co Tipperary.

The unfortunate victim was pronounced dead at the accident scene and his body has been removed to University Hospital in Limerick.

The road remained closed this morning, at the crash scene, pending forensic collision investigations, with diversions fully in place.

This tragic death today brings to 12 the number of people who have died on Tipperary’s roads to-date this year

Anyone with information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Nenagh Garda Station on Tel: 067-50450, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800-666-111, or indeed any Garda station.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Woman Killed In Car / Truck Collision In Tipperary

gardaA female in her 20’s has lost her life today after the vehicle in which she was travelling collided with a truck here in Co Tipperary.

The tragic accident happened shortly after 12 noon on the M8, northbound lane, between junction 9 (Cashel) and junction 10 (Cahir North) at Dogstown, NewInn.

Two females passengers in the vehicle, understood to be aged in their 50s, were brought; one to University Hospital Limerick by Air Ambulance, while the second is being treated at nearby South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel. Thankfully the driver of the truck was uninjured.

The M8 northbound between junction 9 and 10 remained restricted to just one lane this afternoon, as forensic collision investigations were being carry out. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the incident.

Today’s unfortunate death brings to 11 the number of people who have died on Tipperary’s roads to-date this year, while deaths nationally have now risen to 124. Based on official statistics from the Gardaí; compared with last year this latest fatality increases to 20 the number of road deaths, when compared to the same period last year when 104 deaths were recorded.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


10th Life Lost on Tipperary Roads In 7 Months

garda crestA male in his mid 20’s has died, following a tragic road crash, close to the village of Poulmucka on the R687 New Inn – Barne Cross (Clonmel) road in Co. Tipperary, in the early afternoon today.

The victim is understood to have lost his life around 1.30pm, when his vehicle left the road on a bad bend, while travelling on the Clonmel side of Poulmucka. It is understood the driver was unaccompanied, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Customary local diversions were put in place, while a technical examination was carried out by Gardaí.

Today’s fatality brings to ten, the number of people killed on Tipperary’s roads so far for just 7 months of this year. This number shows an increase of 6 more deaths, when compared with the 12 month period of 2015. Statistics published recently by the National Road Safety Authority (RSA), indicate that to-date 109 people have lost their lives on Irish roads since the start of 2016.

Presently Gardaí are appealing for persons who may have travelled on this stretch of roadway between 1.00pm and 2.00pm today, to contact them directly at Cahir Garda Station Tel: 052-7445630, or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line Tel: 1800 666 111 or indeed any Garda Station.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Tipperary Second Highest Road Deaths Nationally


Evidence of inappropriate driving behaviour on a public road close to the M8 at Longford Pass.

Sadly we learn this morning that four more motorists have died in three separate road crashes in three counties across Ireland in the last 12 hours.

Statistics published recently by the National Road Safety Authority (RSA), show that Tipperary has now the second highest number of road deaths to date this year, nationally, with nine people having lost their lives as result of vehicle crashes. This figure is only surpassed by Co. Cork; which regrettably almost doubles our own sad target and shows that some 17 people have lost their lives during this same period.

There has been a 9% increase in the number of road deaths nationally so far this year, based on the previous year’s figures, with 97 people having died to date. Interestingly these recent figures; latter collated by the Gardaí and the RSA, show that half of all fatalities happened at the weekend, with 21% (or 19 deaths), occurring between midnight and 6.00am on Sundays.

The RSA are now predicting that if current motoring trends are permitted to continue, up to 80 more people could lose their lives before the end of December 2016. The collated figures further demonstrate that seven deceased drivers and four now lifeless passengers were definitely not wearing their seatbelts when they lost their lives; indicating that these same 11 lives could have possibly been saved had they been obeying road user agreed regulations.

The majority of road deaths were vehicle drivers, which accounted for 43 of all fatalities, followed by 18 passengers, 16 pedestrians, 11 motorcyclists and 5 cyclists. Based on these new statistics and with the August bank holiday on the horizon, people need to be particularly careful when driving in the early hours of the morning; noting that clearly on Saturdays and Sundays, there has been a 21% increase in all road fatalities.

Qualified Driving Instructors are also asking motorists to demonstrate greater courtesy to Learner Drivers; reporting that behaviour by fully licensed drivers is bringing about unnecessary nervousness and tension amongst L Plate drivers, through tailgating and other impatient discourtesy being displayed.

Regrettably also it should be noted that the number of Gardaí operating in the Traffic Corps has fallen from 1,200 (2009) to approximately 700 this year (2016), resulting in an insufficient number of Garda checkpoints on national roads. As a result, there is a growing perception among Tipperary motorists that they will not be caught speeding, misbehaving or indeed drink-driving.