A motorcyclist has lost his life in a single vehicle road crash here in Co Tipperary last night.
The 32-year-old and as yet unnamed male was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred at around 9.20pm on the N52 between the Tullaheady and Portroe roundabouts.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to Limerick mortuary to await a post mortem.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Nenagh Garda Station on Tel: 067-50450, or on the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or indeed any Garda station.
Details of the first ever pan European 24-hour speed enforcement marathon have been released by TISPOL, latter the European Traffic Police Network. Some 22 countries, including Ireland, are taking part, starting today April 16th from 6.00am to 6.00am, ending Friday April 17th.
TISPOL President Aidan Reid commented: “This speed marathon is all about prevention. We want drivers to think about the speeds they choose; speeds which are both legal and appropriate for the conditions. By doing so, they will be reducing the risks they face and the risks they pose to other road users. That is why we encourage participating countries and police forces to publish information about the precise locations of speed checkpoints in advance. We want to get into the heads of drivers, not their purses.”
Last year, 27,500 people died in road collisions across the European Union with inappropriate speeds proven to be the single biggest factor resulting in death.
Countries participating in this 24-hour speed enforcement marathon are as follows:
Ireland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway (not an EU member state) ,Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and the U.K. are all taking part taking part.
Chief Superintendent Mr Aidan Reid, DMR Traffic, Dublin Castle and President of TISPOL has stated; “A total of 196 people tragically lost their lives on Irish roads last year. To date this year 47 people have died, and although that is 5 fewer than this date last year, it is still 47 lives too many. Many more people are seriously injured in road crashes also. There are 727 locations, known as “speed enforcement zones” where safety cameras operate and which have a history of fatal and serious injury collisions. To inform and protect motorists we publish these high risk locations on the Garda website, so drivers can become familiar with where they are, but most importantly do contribute to making our roads safer. Throughout the course of today’s “Speed Enforcement Marathon”, we will be releasing figures from safety cameras operating in these high risk zones. Our sincere wish is for zero detection, which will effectively mean drivers have responded fully to the overall aim of this initiative, which is to ‘slow down’ and make our roads a safer place for all users.”
Last Sunday saw the official launch of the “All Ireland Tractor Challenge” in the Anner Hotel Dublin Road here in Thurles.
Amongst the many special guests who turned out to lend their support were rugby star Denis Leamy, Tipperary Rose of Tralee finalist Alison Brolan, Pat Carey (Munster Tug-O-War), Tipp FM radio’s ‘Agreport’ presenter Jim Finn and Conor Breen (Agricultural & Plant Equipment, Cashel.)
Click HERE to view video, hereunder, in High Definition.
Last year some 1130 tractors gathered for a similar event at Thurles Racecourse, raising a colossal €40,000 for local charity and this year’s challenge, with your help, is all set to surpass all past targets. In particular, two very worthwhile charities will benifit from this event this year, namely ‘Suir Haven‘ and ‘C.A.M.E.O. Care‘.
‘Suir Haven’, as everyone knows, under the umbrella of North Tipperary Hospice is one of two cancer support centres which promotes and supports the development of hospice and palliative care in North Tipperary. The organisation supplies specialised equipment, psychological and social support for patients and their families, often regrettably towards the end stages of life.
‘C.A.M.E.O. Care’ deals with conditions which cause damage to brain function more commonly referred to as Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Much of the care given to people with dementia in the home is provided by the spouse or by adult children. Many of these family ‘Carers’ are often frail and elderly themselves and may not always enjoy good physical health. Older caregivers often become so involved in a caring role that their social connections become reduced to the point that they have very limited contact with the outside world. This service aims to support ‘Carers’ in this arduous and difficult role, by providing a strong prop through, in some cases, a much needed break for those involved as carers.
How Can You Help?
Firstly: Anyone who owns a tractor are being implored to please, please bring same along on Sunday May 3rd 2015 to ‘The Turnpike’ [ Map Ref ], Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
Secondly: Regardless of whether you own a tractor or not please bring along yourself and all your family to what will be a truly family fun event, with lots of activities to simply observe or indeed in which to partake.
Thirdly: Be part of this initiative yourself and join the many ‘Business Stalls,’ displaying your Goods and Services. For more information on this contact Frank at Tel: 086-8062770 or Donie at Tel: 087-4146897 or indeed Michael at Tel: 087-2712967 before April 19th next.
A massive amount of work is currently being undertaken behind the scenes for this event; under the leadership of Michael Fahey (Chairman), T.J. Donnelly (Vice Chairman), Chris Verling (Secretary), Frank Nolan (Treasurer) and their truly passionate and dedicated workforce.
Expect more intimate details on this super upcoming event here on Thurles.Info over the coming days and weeks, so do Bookmark us and stay tuned.
Be AWARE – “National SLOW DOWN Day”, supported by the Road Safety Authority and other stakeholders, will come into effect from 7.00am on March 27th to 7.00am on March 28th next.
An Garda Síochána will now conduct an intensive national speed enforcement operation for this 24 hour period.
The objective of Operation “Slow Down” is to reduce the number of speed related collisions and reduce the number of injuries and related deaths, caused by driving at excessive and inappropriate speeds on our rural roads and motorways.
Last year saw a further increase in road deaths, resulted in 190 fatalities. Excessive and inappropriate speed is the major contributory factor to road traffic collisions, resulting in loss of life. The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood is of a collision taking place. As a general rule a 1% reduction in average speed brings about a 4% reduction in fatal collisions, and this is why reducing motorists’ speed is essential to improving our road safety record.
Invitation to Public and Private Sector Fleet Operators
Public and private sector fleet operators have been invited to participate in this initiative by circulating their employees with one key message, “Slow Down” and whether driving for business or private purposes; always drive within the prescribed speed limit and at a speed appropriate to the weather and other prevailing conditions.
This operation initiative will consist of high visibility speed enforcement activities on both national primary and secondary roads. All speed enforcement technologies will be fully utilised, including all laser hand-held speed detection devices, ROBOT vans and Cleartone/Puma in-car speed detection systems.
You have been warned!
News arriving to our desk in the last few minutes states that there has been a serious collision on the N75 Thurles/ Twomileborris Rd at Drish Bridge.
Emergency services are at the scene.
Some traffic has been able to access this route, but major delays can be expected.
Recent travelling motorists in this area confirm that some larger vehicles are being forced to turn in lanes and gateways due to insufficient room for two way traffic.
Emergency services and Gardaí at the scene are requesting that motorists now avoid this area altogether.