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!
Picture above shows Left- Right: Mr Justin Blackwood (Bowe Travel), Mrs Catherine and Mr Michael Bowe (Owner/Manager Bowe Travel), M/s Nikita Purcell (Latter accepting a €500 Holiday prize voucher on behalf of her sister Fiona Purcell), Mr Martin Penrose (Rep. ‘If Only’), M/s Aisling Kennedy (Bowe Travel) and M/s Catherine Ryan (Bowe Travel).
As we informed you on February 20th 2015 renowned Irish travel agents ‘Bowe Travel‘, latter situated in Friar Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary [Map Ref.] held a ‘Global Wonders Event’ in the Anner Hotel, Dublin Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, on Thursday last.
This successful event was held to offer expert advice to all those intent on planning their Honeymoon, a Luxury Holiday Cruise or indeed an Adventure Family Holiday. Several hundred people turned out to this well planned event on the night, all partaking of the refreshments freely on offer, while also taking the opportunity to chat with numerous expert holiday planning professionals, readily provided.
At the end of this very informative evening M/s Fiona Purcell was drawn as the lucky winner of a €500.00 holiday voucher which will no doubt greatly assist in her 2015 holiday plans.
Can’t help wondering will Fiona need someone to carry her suitcases in the coming weeks? Congratulations Fiona and yes, with only a few moments notice, we can provide you with essential case carrying assistance, if and when required.
Firstly, let me ask you, our readers, three simple questions!
(A) Are you presently planning your Honeymoon?
(B) Are you fed up with our Irish weather and perhaps planning a holiday abroad to somewhere a bit warmer; a Cruise maybe or even an Adventure Holiday for all the family?
(C) Would you like a chance to win a €500.00 voucher to assist you in acquiring the holiday of your dreams for 2015?
If ‘YES’ is your answer to any of the above three questions, then it is most certainly in your interest to continue reading this short blog.
Renowned Irish travel agents Bowe Travel, situated at Friar Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary [Map Ref.] are holding a ‘Global Wonders Event’ in the Anner Hotel, Dublin Road, Thurles on Thursday next the 26th of February 2015; from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
This event is being held to advise and cater for all those interested in planning their Honeymoon, a Luxury Holiday, maybe a Cruise or an Adventure Family Holiday. On the night you will have the perfect opportunity to speak with their expert holiday planning team and also to find out more from their special ‘Guest Speakers’.
As regular customers of this Co Tipperary Travel Agency will happily attest; Bowe Travel offer an outstanding personal service ensuring that every step of your holiday is planned perfectly and same are happy to support every aspect of your specific holiday needs, where at all possible.
“What about that €500.00 Voucher?” I hear you ask. Yes there will be an “IF ONLY” €500.00 Voucher to be won by some lucky visitor at this special ‘Global Wonders Event’.
Refreshments will be served so do get into the Anner Hotel [Map Ref.] as early as possible on the night.
Date: Thursday, February 26th, 2015.
Venue: Anner Hotel, Dublin Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
Stick a note on your fridge door and do tell your friends and neighbours.
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Following strong concerns over the condition of the R498 road, linking Thurles to Nenagh at Latteragh, Templederry, and the safety of those using it, notice has been given by Tipperary County Council to make an emergency road closure order, under the Roads Act 1993 – 2007 (Section 75 of the roads Act 1993,) Roads Regulations 1994.
The period of closure will come into effect from 8.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. from Monday December 8th to Friday December 12th 2014.
Motorists must now use the following alternative routes; with all R498 North Bound traffic diverted Currabaha Cross via the L2261, L2124, L2122, R497, R499 to re-join the R498 at Ballinamona Cross.
The R498 south bound traffic will divert at Ballinamona Cross via the R499, R497, L2122, L2124, L2261 to re-join R498 at Currabaha Cross. Heavy Goods Vehicles are well advised to use the R501 and N62 via Templemore and Roscrea as their chosen alternative diversion routes.
Note: Diversions will be fully in place and clearly sign-posted for all those travelling this route and Tipperary County Council sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused as a result of this unforeseen yet very necessary road closure, brought about as a result of serious recent flood damage.
The R498, a 37km (23m) stretch of regional roadway here in County Tipperary; linking Thurles, via Bouladuff and Borrisoleigh to Nenagh, which was recently severely damaged by extensive flooding, is to be shoring up temporary using large boulders and concrete.
This regional road is an important access route; joining together the North and South Riding’s of Tipperary, latter recently amalgamated into just one single Authority by former Fine Gael Minister Phil Hogan TD, following the last local elections. Following recent severe flooding and overall neglect spanning some ten years; currently this important arterial route servicing North and South Tipp, is now severely curtailing traffic movement; reducing same down to one single lane with access controlled by traffic lights.
Tipperary County Council’s Director of Services for Roads, Mr Marcus O’Connor, has stated that temporary remedial works must now be carried out as a matter of urgency, but warns that a longer term more permanent solution will, into the future, prove expensive; with an expected price tag of some 10 million Euros.
It should be noted that a previous plan by North Tipperary County Council to undertake a structural upgrade of this important arterial route was shelved, following concerns raised by local anglers over its impact on fish stocks in the Nenagh River. The angler’s concerns were taken before the European Commission, latter which ruled that North Tipperary County Council should not proceed with their intended plans. Same it would appear included the introduction of a number of bridge crossings, forced on the North Tipperary Council, because widening and extending of the present road surface area was not seen as an alternative option.
It would now appear that interference by the European Commission, over which Ireland has apparently no influence, could have cost the present amalgamated Tipperary County Council a great deal of money in their efforts to protect a few brown trout, which would have probably been kept out of the river area temporarily in any event.
While the now Irish European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan was making plans to amalgamate North and South Tipperary, as a then Fine Gael Minister, it would appear God was laughing, looking down on his disastrous and unwanted meddling.