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Pedestrian Pronounced Dead Following Collision Near Thurles

A male, aged in his 30s, has been killed after he was struck by a vehicle near Thurles, in Co Tipperary.

The man was walking in the area of Coolkennedy, on the N62, latter between Horse and Jockey and Thurles Town, at around 3:00am this morning, when the tragic collision occurred.

Both Gardaí and Emergency Services immediately attended at the incident scene, however the pedestrian was pronounced dead a short time later.

His body has now been removed to the mortuary at University Hospital Limerick, where later a post-mortem examination will take place.

The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, understood to be a van, remained thankfully uninjured.

Persons with information are being asked to contact Thurles Garda Station on Tel: 0504 25100 or the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800 666 111.

The roadway remained closed early this morning, but has since reopened.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Alas, this tragic incident brings to 13 persons, the number of fatalities on Tipperary roads so far, this current year; an increase of two when compared with 2018 figures.


Man Dead Following Road Crash In South Tipperary

A male motorist, understood to be in his 30’s, has tragically lost his life in a car accident here in Co Tipperary. The incident happened in the early hours of this morning.

Two passengers, a male and female, both in their 20s, also travelling in the vehicle have been injured and while they have been removed to hospital, their injuries, thankfully, are not believed to be life-threatening.

We understand that the accident occurred sometime around 3:00am this morning, on the N24 at Killaloan on the outskirts of Clonmel town. While no other vehicle was involved, it is understood the car, a silver coloured VW Polo, left the road, before striking a wall.

Gardaí were summoned to the scene and the driver of the vehicle was quickly removed to South Tipperary General Hospital, where he has since been pronounced dead.

The road currently remains closed to traffic and local diversions are in place.
Anyone who has any information regarding this accident are being asked to immediately contact Clonmel Garda Station Tel: 052 617 7640, or the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800 666 111.


Hypocrisy Personified

The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” [Isaiah Chapter 29 – Verse13.]

Hypocrisy – The practice of claiming to have higher standards or more noble beliefs than is really the case.

Readers will remember that in early July 2019, Ireland’s High Court granted Tipperary Co. Council an injunction, compelling members of the Travelling Community to vacate an area where their halting site was regarded as “constituting a public danger” to themselves and others. Another more serious, yet similar Health & Safety issue has once again reoccurred in our Cathedral Town.

I refer, of course, to the ever moving pedestrian crossing / traffic lights, outside of Thurles Cathedral. Here again, same busy crossing is “constituting a public danger” to over 600 school children, as they attempt to cross twice daily, getting to and from rural school buses, not to mention the several hundred church pilgrims and local shoppers; all pedestrians, going about their daily business here in Thurles, each day.

Pedestrian Crossing, on Cathedral Street Thurles, once again struck by a high-sided vehicle. [Picture taken on November 15th 2019, G. Willoughby]

We here at Thurles.Info have highlighted the issue of the constantly moving pedestrian crossing traffic lights, outside of Thurles Cathedral, at least five times in all, first on February 1st, 2018. [Almost one year and ten months ago.]

The problems associated did not need the benefit /advice of a qualified County Council Engineer. It was obvious to the dogs currently permitted to fowl our streets, that when two high sided trucks attempt to pass in a narrow space, then such manoeuvres are bound to result in something being adjusted. On this present occasion even the steel pole supporting these traffic lights has now become somewhat curved from its original and previous straight condition.

This issue, we highlighted once again, on July 16th, 2018; and yes, readers will recall that we highlighted this same problem for the third time on January 22nd, 2019.

On April 2nd, 2019, we highlighted this topic yet again, rightly accusing Tipperary Co. Council of wasting rate payers money.

On September 10th 2019, we did not highlight this problem, in the real fear that our readers would think that we were suffering from paranoia.

Today however, November 16th, 2019, in view of recent High Court actions relating to several Health & Safety issues, each constituting a public danger, here in Thurles, we feel we should draw attention to this serious concern one more time, before someone has to be scraped off our Cathedral Street pedestrian crossing.

We are well aware by now that our Templemore /Thurles Municipal district councillors are totally powerless, but in the case where same Councillors have now been made aware, once again, of this issue; keep in mind that the above photo and web post will enable compensation costs to be more easily collected from Tipperary Co. Council. After all, they were and are fully aware of this ever present danger.

Time now, after almost two years of continuous repairs, to finally move these offending traffic lights to a safer distance, apart from each other and to pursue the need for that long awaited Thurles Ring Road, thus removing 21st century, 18-wheeler, freight-carrying-trucks from our 12th century, narrow streets.

Having been completely failed by our current Fine Gael minority government and their supporters, with regard to the promised Thurles Ring Road, one wonders why we are presently bothering to up-grade Liberty Square next year or whenever.


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Oh, and by the way, Councillor Mr Jim Ryan, the new signs are not replacing the “old outdated signs”; same old signs still remain in place to this very day, to the embarrassment of Thurles town dwellers.
One such embassassment indeed exists within metres from your own front gate on Manor Mill Road, which you, as an elected councillor, from 2008 to current date, has driven past several times daily, for the last 11 years.

Readers please note: The Erin Foods factory that had been in operation in Thurles, Co Tipperary, for 46 years, closed in June 2008, with the loss of 95 jobs, never to be replaced.

While it may take, as in this case, over 15 months to be acted on; note, of course we do not mind Co. Councillors making “gratuitous acclaim” on their social media pages for that which we have highlighted on numerous occasions, e.g. [July 10th 2018] – [March 21st, 2019], same brought about by “the unyoked humour of said councillor’s continued idleness”. Yes, we intend to continue to highlight such issues into the future, in our attempt to highlight that which requires immediate action, within our local community.

Thurles.Info are delighted to observe that at last local Thurles Municipal District councillors are reading our website and taking the information, gleaned from same, to Tipperary Co. Council meetings.

Perhaps Councillor Mr Jim Ryan might like to make contact again with Tipperary Co. Council engineers, tomorrow morning; as their appointed workforce would appear to have been working in the dark on the Templemore Road in the last few days.

Do check in with us in the coming days, when we again hope to bring “a rush of blood” to the faces of our local elected representatives.


Contract Signed For Refurbishment Of Liberty Square, Thurles.

Liberty Square, Thurles. (Top of picture facing in an easterly direction. New car parking area outlined on right hand side.)
Picture G. Willoughby

The contract for the long-awaited refurbishment of Liberty Square in Thurles was signed yesterday October 24th. Plans had initially been finalised and announced first in February 2017.

The Company of Mr David Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd has been successful in winning the Tipperary Co. Council tender.

We understand that work is expected to commence towards the end of November 2019, beginning first with the new carpark provision, same located on the southside of the town. Work here is expected to be completed in approximately four months, (March 2020).

Work to refurbish Liberty Square itself is then expected to begin in March 2020.