Local Weather

Mostly cloudy
real feel: 17°C
wind speed: 2 m/s NE
sunrise: 5:13 am
sunset: 9:46 pm


Will NASA SpaceX Rocket Be Visible Over Tipperary Tonight?

This evenings cloudless sky could mean that residents of Ireland should be able to view the NASA SpaceX rocket as it soar across our skies tonight.

Of course this launch will depend on the weather in Florida, but hopefully the rocket will launch at 8:22pm Irish time, with two astronauts on board.

If all goes according to plan viewers should be able to view the Falcon 9 rocket under the moon, in the south-west some ten to fifteen minutes later.

The Falcon 9 rocket will take off from launchpad 39A at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida and journey to the International Space Centre.

Take Note: If the SpaceX rocket decided for one reason or another to abort after its anticipated take off this evening, it could land off the west coast of our Emerald Isle.


Road Maintenance Begins Tomorrow On Cathedral Street, Thurles

Road Maintenance on N75 at Cathedral Street Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Photo G. Willoughby

A Quick Reminder: Tipperary County Council wish to inform the public, and have indeed confirmed on their website that there will be a “Stop / Go System” in place operating on Cathedral Street, Thurles (N75), from 7:00am to 7:00pm from tomorrow Monday, May 25th, 2020, to Friday May 29th, inclusive, to facilitate resurfacing works.

Traffic Management will be in place, but delays can be expected.

Note: All on-street parking is no longer permitted at this location for the duration of this work being carried out.

Tipperary County Council appreciate your co-operation and apologise for the inconvenience caused, during the period of this disruption.


Road Surface Conditions In Thurles No Longer Acceptable

“For a ha’porth of tar, (halfpenny worth) the ship was lost.”

Tipperary County Council continue to waste tax payers money.

A public road crater, situated in the middle of the road, approximately 457 metres (500 yards) from the Thurles Municipal District Council offices, latter situated on Mathew Avenue, Thurles; went unnoticed by council engineers, council officials, local elected district councillors and other Thurles Municipal District members of staff, over the past week.

This morning, workers went about filling this crater, together with a vast array of other Thurles potholes, using their weekly quota of cold tarmac; placing same on top of water puddles. Next Thursday they will be back to fill them all up once again.

However, this particular crater in question; situated at the top of Friar Street, east of the railway bridge in the town, will cost Tipperary County Council or Thurles Municipal District Council a little more than five shovels of cold tarmac (we as residents do not know ‘who’ in council circles are actually responsible for ‘what’ nowadays).

This morning, early vehicle drivers, travelling to work, struck this crater, resulting in 5 vehicles having tyres blown out, damaging not just their vehicles tyre walls, but also wheel rims.

On February 18th 2020 last the Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council Mr Joe MacGrath took time out on local radio to state that he was ‘encouraged’ by this year’s funding allocation for road improvements with a total of €43 million available for roads in Co. Tipperary this year; an increase of 77% since 2016.

Mr MacGrath went on to say that this was “a cause for optimism for road infrastructure in Tipperary.” (Sorry, it has not done much for Thurles urban roads Mr MacGrath.)

What Mr MacGrath failed to state on radio was the cost of compensation paid to Tipperary motorists, latter who claimed for damages to their respective motor vehicles due to unacceptable road surface conditions, since 2016.

While 4 of the tyres damaged today will cost around €75 Euros, (including fitting and tracking), a tyre on the 5th victim’s car was a ‘Premium Tyre’, costing €170 Euros, not readily available to purchase and has now to be placed on special order.


Neglected Thurles Roads Flooded Due To Storm Dennis

Mill Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

A Status Yellow rain and wind warning by Met Éireann remains in place for the entire country as Storm Dennis bring wet and very windy weather to Tipperary, over this weekend and into next Monday.

A severe wind warning for the whole of the county was issued yesterday, from 3:00am today Saturday, 15th February 2020 until 8:00pm tonight Saturday, 15-Feb-2020. A severe rain warning came into play from 6:00am today until 9:00pm.

Wind gusts in excess of 100km/h are being forecast in exposed hilly areas, while spells of heavy rain have left Tipperary’s many neglected roads, badly flooded.

Drivers of motor vehicles are being asked to take exceptional care.


Pipe-Laying Works To Begin On Thomond Road, Thurles

As part of the Liberty Square enhancement scheme main works, Mr David Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd. working with Tipperary County Council and currently undertaking construction work to enhance the construction of the new off-street carpark, (latter positioned on the South side of Liberty Square, to the rear of the now demolished Griffin’s newsagency shop).

Thomond Road, leading east joining the more recently erected Thurles foot-bridge and left unto Emmet Street, behind Tesco Supermarket.

This work will eventually include the re-configuration of existing carriageways, footways and overall shared access, as well as associated drainage, ducting and other ancillary works identified.

As part of this progressing work, it will be necessary to lay a storm drainage pipe along a section of Thomond Road, latter which will outfall to the River Suir.

Be warned that to this end Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd. intends to commence such necessary work, in relation to this storm drainage pipeline, along Thomond Road, Thurles, beginning from next Monday, February 17th, 2020.

Traffic Management will be in place for the period of this upgrade, which will for the most part consist of a Traffic Lights system of vehicle control. The works along Thomond Road are expected to take approximately 3 to 4 weeks.

Tipperary County Council apologise for any inconvenience these necessary works will cause.

For any further information, please contact David Walsh Civil Engineering Tel: (059) 9144448 during office hours (Weekdays 8am to 6pm) or email info@dwce.ie .