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National “Slow Down” Day Began Today

gardaTonight is Friday night and for some reason, best known to themselves, Irish motorists, on Friday nights, appear to participate best when it comes to performing dangerous, careless, driving rituals, on both our national primary and secondary roads.

With 108,971 speeding fixed charge notices alone issued nationally, as of 30th June 2015, it is not surprising that An Garda Síochána have decided to conduct an intensive national speed enforcement operation for the next 24 hour period; from 7:00am today (Friday 28th August 2015) to 7:00am tomorrow (Saturday 29th August 2015).

This national “Slow Down” day, today, is supported by all stakeholders, including the Road Safety Authority.

The objective of operation “Slow Down” today is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads. The aim is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive and inappropriate speeds.

Last year saw a further increase in road deaths, resulting in some 195 fatalities. Excessive or inappropriate speed is a major contributory factor to road traffic collisions. The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood is of a collision happening and the more severe the outcome of that collision.

Todays operation will consist of Garda high visibility speed enforcement activities on both national primary and secondary roads. All speed enforcement technologies will be utilised, including all laser hand-held speed detection devices, Garda speed vans and in-car speed detection systems.

Do not say you were not warned folks, so in the words of Sergeant Phil Esterhaus from that once famous 80’s TV series “Hill Street Blues” ; “Hey, let’s be careful out there.” .

Temporary Closure Of Selected Tipperary Roads

TipperaryMapNotice has been given, warning motor vehicles that a notice has been made by Tipperary County Council, closing the R498-0097 at Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary, from Ballyroan Bridge to Kearns Cross on the Borrisoleigh / Nenagh road.

The period of road closure will be from Monday 31st August 2015 to Friday 4th September 2015 inclusive.

Traffic diversions will be clearly sign-posted and directed via the following alternative routes:- From Borrisoleigh on the R501 towards Templemore, N62 towards Roscrea and on the M7 to Nenagh and vice versa.

The purpose of this road closure is to facilitate very necessary road reconstruction and Tipperary County Council sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused to road users.

Expected M8 Motorway Closures

Notice has also been given by Tipperary County Council of their intention to close eleven sections of the M8 Motorway during August and September 2015.

These Motorway sections and their closure dates are shown as follows;

(1) From the 31/08/15 – Junction 4 Urlingford to Junction 5 Two-Mile-Borris, Southbound.
(2) From the 01/09/15 – Junction 5 Two-Mile Borris to Junction 6 Horse and Jockey Southbound .
(3) From the 02/09/15 – Junction 6 Horse and Jockey to Junction 7 Cashel North Southbound.
(4) From the 03/09/15 – Junction 9 Cashel South to Junction 10 Cahir North Southbound.
(5) From the 14/09/15 – Junction 11 Cahir South to Junction 10 Cahir North Northbound.
(6) From the 15/09/15 – Junction 10 Cahir North to Junction 9 Cashel South Northbound.
(7) From the 16/09/15 – Junction 7 Cashel North to Junction 6 Horse and Jockey Northbound.
(8) From the 17/09/15 –  Junction 9 Cashel South to Junction 7 Cashel North Northbound.
(9) From the 21/09/15 – Junction 7 Cashel North to Junction 9 Cashel South Southbound.
(10) From the 22/09/15 – Junction 6 Horse and Jockey to Junction 4 Urlingford Northbound.
(11) From the 23/09/15N24 from Junction 10 Cahir North to the Knockagh roundabout east and westbound

Reason for these eleven Motorway closures detailed above is to facilitate the replacement of existing road studs.

Trip To Tipp Weekend Of Cycling – 15th & 16th Aug 2015

Miss Katriona Shanahan (PRO ‘Trip to Tipp Weekend of Cycling’) reports.

Join us here in Tipperary for the 20th Anniversary of the ‘Trip to Tipp Weekend of Cycling’, which will take place on the 15th & 16th August 2015, in aid of NCBI, working for people with sight loss.  This year, as part of the celebrations, ‘Trip to Tipp’ have made some changes to the routes and participants and supporters also will be able to purchase a Special Limited Edition ‘Trip to Tipp’ jersey.
Trip to Tipp’ Programme of Events.
Saturday 15th August
12:00 pm. The Three Counties Tour.
Here you can choose from either the 70 KM route or the slightly more challenging 100 KM route!
Both Routes depart from the Sarsfields GAA Centre Thurles at 12:00pm sharp.

Links to both the maps for Saturday’s Challenge
70km Route
100km Route

12:30pm. Family Fun Cycle.
The family fun cycle departs from the Sarsfields GAA Centre Thurles at 12:30pm sharp.
Here participants can register online or on the day – €12.50.

Sunday 16th August
9:45 am: Grand Tipperary Challenge 140 KM.
The Grand Tipperary Tour departs the Thurles Sarsfields GAA Centre at 9:45am. The two notable climbs on the 140km route will be Dolla and the Glen of Aherlow. View Route at

10:15 am: Glen of Aherlow Challenge 100 KM.

The Glen of Aherlow Challenge departs the Thurles Sarsfields GAA Centre at 10:15am. View Route at

10:15 am: Scenic Tour of Tipperary 80 KM.

The Scenic Tour of Tipperary departs the Thurles Sarsfields GAA Centre at 10:15am. View Route at
Once again entries for all cycles can be taken on the day, or you can avail of the online reduced price by registering at:

Note: Online registration closes on Friday 14th August at 6:00pm.
Online Special Offers are as follows:
2 days cycling & Cycling Jersey – €65.  2 days cycling only – €45
1 day cycling & Cycling Jersey – €45.  1 days cycling – €25

Entry on the day for all routes is €30.00 with Family Fun Cycle €12.50(Special offers for Families).
All participants over the weekend will receive a ‘Goodie Bag’ and ‘Certificate of Completion’.

All routes will be marshalled and the roads will also be clearly marked. Each route will have a Water Stop and Food Stop.

Accommodation: For anyone seeking accommodation in Thurles for the weekend 15th & 16th August 2015, please note that special hotel rates have been secured from the following venues:-
Anner Hotel Thurles:- [(0504) 21799] B&B €45 pps. Hayes Hotel Thurles:- [(0504) 22122] B&B €35 pps.
In all bookings please reference ‘Trip to Tipp’ when securing accommodation.

To celebrate this 20th Anniversary Milestone, ‘Trip to Tipp’ are going to have a special night of entertainment, with spot prizes, in Hayes Hotel, Liberty Square, Thurles, Co Tipperary on Saturday 15th next.

For further information Email

Confirmation Of Repairs To Local Rural Upland Roads

W.KennedyTipperary Councillor Mr Willie Kennedy has confirmed tonight that following his ongoing representations, the following road repairs will be undertaken with immediate effect by Tipperary County Council.

In a statement Cllr. Kennedy said: “It has been confirmed to me personally that the road from Stouke to Whitepound Cross near Drumbane, Thurles, will be resurfaced in the coming weeks.
I can also confirm today that the following named roads will also receive much needed repair works, e.g. the road at Cloneyross and Gortahoola near Drumbane, Thurles; Gortakelly near Upperchurch, Thurles; Glentane near Borrisoleigh, Thurles and Ballypatrick, near Bouladuff, Thurles.  All these repairs will commence within the coming weeks.

Apologising for any inconvenience caused during these necessary repairs, shortly to be undertaken, Cllr. Kennedy continued; “These roads have had no repair works undertaken so far this year and these forthcoming improvements are therefore most welcome. I will continue to make representations to the council for the inclusion of these same roads in the new 3 year Road Programme, latter which is currently being compiled by the Council and expected to be fully finalised later this year.”

For further information and updates contact Cllr. Willie Kennedy at Tel: 0504-52122.

Thurles Active Travel Town Scheme Funding Under Fire

Environment Minister Alan Kelly has come under fire from Fine Gael Louth TD Fergus O’Dowd, for allegedly doling out more than €1.5 million in unmarked grants to three towns in his own constituency.

According to Mr. O’Dowd TD, the Co. Tipperary politician was put in charge of allocating funding for a campaign to get commuters walking and cycling instead of driving, while then Transport Minister. However, prior to the local elections in May 2014, Minister Kelly gave some €1.5 million from the Active Travel Town Scheme Fund to the towns of Tipperary, Clonmel and Thurles, instead of other listed areas identified by an independent assessment group and which were deemed to be in greater need.


€510,000 Active Travel Town Scheme Funding announced for Thurles by Minister Alan Kelly in April 2014

These revelations come about following the release of an independent scoring system made available under the Freedom of Information, which show that an independent assessment group had already pinpointed these funded projects for other areas.

Dozens of applications were received from towns all over the country for a €6.5 million Active Travel Fund. Mr Kelly, who was then Transport Minister at the time, gave most of the funding to the six highest-scoring small and medium-sized towns, in line with the group’s original recommendations. However he departed from the original scoring system to dole out €1.5million for projects in Thurles, Tipperary and Clonmel all in his own newly enlarged constituency.

The independent assessment expert group gave the Thurles project just 56 marks out of 100, saying it had “little in the line of behavioural change” to get people walking and cycling instead of using their motor vehicles.

To date, over one year later, none of the allocated funding of €510,000 for Thurles, which was first announced in April 2014, has been spent.

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